Play the Game activities

Aside from the Play the Game conferences held every other year, Play the Game and the Danish Institute for Sports Studies each year offers a number of presentations relating to different aspects of our working area. The presentations build on Play the Game's knowledge, experience and work but is always adapted to the specific context of the host country or the event

Play the Game is currently represented in the following European and international organisations and bodies:

Council of Europe:

  • From 2016 chairing the Consultative Committee of the council's Enlarged Partial Agreement on Sport (EPAS), elected for two years.
  • Member of the same committee since 2013 (renewable every third year).


  • Member of the Permanent Consultative Committee of CIGEPS (Intergovernmental Committee for Physical Education and Sport) since 2015. (Memberships must be renewed every third year).
  • Member of a three-person group assigned to advise the UNESCO Assistant Director General NADA Al-Nashif on sports integrity.


  • Advisor to the ICSSPE Editorial Board since 2013.


  • Member of the EU Expert Group "Match Fixing" (2011-2016)
  • Member of the EU Expert Group "Good Governance" (2011-2016)


Recent activities:

  • Presentation 'The many benefits of better sports governance' at the national seminar in Romania under the National Sports Governance Observer partnership (Jens Sejer Andersen), Universitatea Naţională de Educaţie Fizică şi Sport, Bucharest, Romania, 22 June 2018.

  • Presentation 'National Sports Governance Observer - Danish results' at the national seminar in Romania under the National Sports Governance Observer partnership (Jens Alm), Universitatea Naţională de Educaţie Fizică şi Sport, Bucharest, Romania, 22 June 2018.

  • Presentation 'The athlete’s right to have a voice' at WADA’s 1st Global Athlete Forum (Jens Sejer Andersen), Calgary, Canada, 4 June 2018

  • Presentation 'Olympic sport: Breaking the glass wall of silence' for students and teachers at Molde University College (Jens Sejer Andersen), Molde, Norway, 12 April 2018.

  • Organiser of the conference Play the Game 2017

  • Speech via Skype to Commonwealth Advisory Body on Sport (CABOS) Annual Meeting (Jens Sejer Andersen), 12 October 2017

  • Panellist in thematic debate in plenary - "Governance of the International Convention against Doping in Sport" at UNESCO’s 6th Conference of Parties (Jens Sejer Andersen), Paris, France, 26 September 2017

  • Presentation 'Outside Perspective on Good Governance and the Fight Against Doping' at a webinar for the Institute for National Anti-Doping Organisations (INADO) (Jens Sejer Andersen), 31 August 2017.

  • Keynote “The unsung heroes that bring us out of the dark” at UNESCO’s ministerial conference MINEPS VI (Jens Sejer Andersen), Kazan, Russia, 15 May 2017
  • Panellist in Expert Forum on sports integrity at UNESCO’s ministerial conference MINEPS VI (Jens Sejer Andersen), Kazan, Russia, 13 May 2017

  • Chairing high level panel on “High-level panel discussion: Why do we need to be concerned about diversity in sport?” at the 10th Anniversary Conference of EPAS (Jens Sejer Andersen), Limassol, Cyprus, 11 May 2017

  • Panelist in debate on “Sport and the Good News Story” (Jens Sejer Andersen), SportAccord Convention, Aarhus, 5 April 2017

  • Chairing “Hands on, hands off? The role of politicians in reforming sports governance”, public hearing organised jointly by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and Play the Game (Jens Sejer Andersen), Aarhus, Denmark, 3 April 2017

  • Keynote “Good Governance in the Fight against Doping: What is the Perception from the “Outside”?” at WADA’s annual symposium (Jens Sejer Andersen), Lausanne, Switzerland, 14 March 2017

  • Lectures on international sports politics, AMOS Business School, London (Jens Sejer Andersen), 25 January 2017

  • Lectures on sports governance, match-fixing and sports policy making for students at AMOS Business School (Jens Sejer Andersen), London, UK, 15 November 2016.

  • Keynote “A career in sport: A threat to your reputation?” at ICSSPE seminar “Paths to Success”, Berlin, Germany, 25 November 2016.

  • Lectures on sports governance, match-fixing and sports policy making for students at AMOS Business School, London, UK, 15 November 2016.

  • Keynote “Investigative sports journalism: Through the glass ceiling?” (Jens Sejer Andersen) at annual meeting for EBU Radiosport, Prague, Czech Republic, 9 November 2016.

  • Presentation and participation in panel debate (Jens Sejer Andersen) at Universidad de Ciencias Aplicadas y Ambientales (UDCA), Bogotá, Colombia, 24 October 2016.

  • Keynotes “El deporte munidal: Reforma o revolución?” and workshops on “Arreglo de partidos: Sombra del deporte y de la sociedad” (Jens Sejer Andersen) at 1) Conferencia Internacional del Deporte, Universidad del Valle, Calí, 2) Reunión de Investigadores. Escuela Nacional del Deporte, Cali, y 3) Universidad de Ciencias Aplicadas, Bogotá – 20-24 October 2016.

  • Participation in ALDE hearing on EU Sports Policy 'European Sport Policy: Good Governance, Accessibility and Integrity' (Arnout Geeraert), Brussels, Belgium, 12 October, 2016.

  • Participation (Jens Sejer Andersen) at EPAS Conference on promoting the well being of athletes “European Policies and Possibilities in Bulgaria”, organised in the framework of the Council of Europe initiative “Pro Safe Sport”, Sofia, Bulgaria, 2-3 October 2016.

  • Keynote “Global Sport: Reform or revolution?” for News Media Coalition (Jens Sejer Andersen), AFP, Paris, France, 29-30 September 2016.

  • Lecture “Global Sport: Reform or revolution?” for international journalist students at Danish School for Media and Journalism (Jens Sejer Andersen), Aarhus, 26 September 2016.

  • Participation in a round table discussion about the book ’The Turbulent World of Middle East Soccer’ (Jens Sejer Andersen and Henrik H. Brandt), ’The Tenth Nordic Conference on Middle East Studies', SDU, Odense, Denmark, 22 September 2016.

  • Participation in EPAS meetings and match-fixing conference (Jens Sejer Andersen), Strassbourg, France, 19-21 September 2016.

  • Panelist, debate on sports governance at 'World Forum for Ethics in Sport' (Jens Sejer Andersen), Zürich, Switzerland, 16 September 2016.

  • Participation in EU European Week of Sport's Flagship Event on good governance (Jens Sejer Andersen), Brussels, Belgium, 15 September 2016.

  • Participation and presentation in Coldeportes and UNESCO´s ’World Sport Observatories Meeting’ (Peter Forsberg), Medellín, Colombia, 13-15 September 2016.

  • Keynote and participation 'Sports governance observer: The urgent need for reform in world sport' (Jens Sejer Andersen) at EASM, Warsaw, Poland, 7-10 September 2016.

  • Presentation 'Nordic Initiative for Event Studies' (Rasmus K. Storm) at "Nordic Facility Conference 2016", Copenhagen, Denmark, 8 September 2016.

  • CO-organiser, presentation and delegate at ’Scandinavian Sport Business Week’ in cooperation with Sport eXperience (Martin Hedal, Henrik H. Brandt og Daniel Hayman), Copenhagen, Denmark, 29 August – 1 September 2016.

  • Expert statement at PACE hearing on Sports Governance (Jens Sejer Andersen), Council of Europe, Strasbourg, France, 22 June 2016.

  • Keynote: “The Power of the Word in a Culture of Silence” (Jens Sejer Andersen), PINC 17, Zeist, the Netherlands, 10 May 2016.

  • Presentation at the conference ’Sport in the City - 13th European Association for Sociology of Sport Conference’, ’Understanding Variations in the Impact of Sport Scandals: a Vector Approach’ (Rasmus K. Storm), Copenhagen University, Copenhagen, Denmark, 7 May 2016.

  • Expert statement at meeting in EPAS task force on sports corruption (Jens Sejer Andersen), Paris, France, 8 April 2016.

  • Panelist at plenary debate on “Good governance in sport” (Jens Sejer Andersen), with Tibor Navracsics, Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, Edith Schippers, Dutch Minister of Health, Welfare and Sport, Patrick Hickey, EOC President, and Michael Van Praag, President of the Royal Dutch Football Association, at EU Sport Forum,Den Haag, the Netherlands, 9-10 March 2016.

  • Presentation at the 'Sports Innovation Conference', ’Sports Innovation in Denmark’ (Martin Hedal), Thomas More, Turnhout, Belgium, 8 March 2016.

  • Invited keynote at the 7th International Sport Business Symposium 'Sports Governance Observer: World Sport in Urgent Need of Reform' (Jens Sejer Andersen), Lillehammer, Norway, 16 February 2016.

  • Invited keynote 'Global Sport: Reform or revolution' (Jens Sejer Andersen), academic workshop for the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences and Ottawa University, Lillehammer, Norway, 15 February 2016.

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