Programme Committee

Play the Game’s board appoints a Programme Committee for each conference. 

The committee has two main tasks  

  • to advise on themes and speakers for the conference 
  • to evaluate the conference

The members of the 2011 Programme Committee were:

  • Annette Hofmann, Professor, Ludwigsburg University of Education, President of the International Society for the History of Physcial Education and Sport, Vice-President of the German Gymnastics Federation (appointed by ICSSPE)

  • Andreas Selliaas, International consultant, The Norwegian Olympic and Paralympic Committee and Confederation of Sports, Norway

  • Christer Ahl, USA/Sweden, MBA, former chairman of the IHF Playing Rules and Referees Commission, web journalist at

  • Daniela Schaaf, Dr., scientific researcher, Institute of Communication and Media Resarch, German Sport University Cologne

  • Frits Ahlstrøm, Consultant, former Senior Media Officer of UEFA, Switzerland/Denmark

  • Henrik H. Brandt, Director, Danish Institute for Sports Studies, Denmark

  • Ian Nuttall, Founder, Xperiology / and Board Member, Event & Venue Management Institute, Italy/UK

  • Jens Weinreich, Journalist and blogger,, Germany

  • Jörg-Uwe Nieland, scientific researcher, Institute of Communication and Media Resarch, German Sport University Cologne

  • Kimberly S. Schimmel, PhD, Associate Professor, Kent State University, expert in urban politics, megaevents, and the political economy of sport

  • Letizia Paoli, Prof. Dr., Faculty of Law of Leuven University, Belgium, expert in organized crime

  • Michael Groll, Dr, Lecturer, Institute of European Sport Development and Leisure Studies, German Sport University Cologne

  • Michael Sauer, scientist, Manfred Dönike Institut für Dopinganalytik, German Sport University Cologne

  • Mogens Kirkeby, President, International Sport and Culture Association, Denmark

  • Nikki Dryden, lawyer, USA, Olympian swimmer, advocate for sport, development and human rights

  • Søren Wormslev, journalist, International Federation of Journalists representative, Denmark

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