EASM Awards 2024

The European Association for Sport Management (EASM) Awards recognise outstanding contributions to its annual European Sport Management Conference and aspirational research in general.

We invite short papers to be considered for the EASM Best Conference Paper Award 2024 and the ESMQ New Researcher Award 2024 for aspiring scholars. Please note that entries can be submitted into only one of these award categories.

Excellent reviewers who contribute to the assessment and progression of their colleagues’ work as part of the peer-review process will be awarded with the EASM Best Conference Reviewer Award 2024.

EASM Best Conference Paper Award 2024

Researchers are invited to submit a Short Paper to be considered for the EASM Best Paper Award 2024, which will be awarded at the conference in Paris. To be considered for this award, applicants submit a Short Paper (maximum 2,500 words; including tables/figures and captions but excluding references) in addition to their standard Abstract. The submission should be based on new research that is has not been published/accepted or under review as a journal article. In the first round, submissions are filtered based only on the strength of the respective Abstract that is submitted simultaneously with the Short Paper. In the second round, remaining Short Papers are independently evaluated by the Award Committee. In the final round, the Committee decides on the winner selected from three shortlisted papers.

ESMQ New Researcher Award (NRA) 2024

This award is organised by European Sport Management Quarterly (ESMQ) and sponsored by Routledge Journals. The New Researcher Award is for the best original theoretical or empirical advance and significant unpublished contribution in sport management. The research should be appropriate for presentation and for publication in ESMQ. To be eligible for the Award, researchers must be near to completion of their PhD or have graduated less than three years prior to submission. The author/s of the best paper will receive a prize of EUR 500 which has been donated by Routledge Journals. The prize is established to stimulate dissemination of new ideas and innovative research in sport management by encouraging new researchers at the start of their career. In addition, the winner will receive a complimentary one-year membership to the European Association for Sport Management (EASM), which includes a free annual subscription to the ESMQ. The winner will also be invited to submit a full paper of his/her work to the ESMQ for publication, taking into account the comments and feedback of the reviewers on how the paper may be strengthened for possible publication. The normal ESMQ review process will then take place.

An NRA panel will adjudicate on the award which will be weighted as follows:

  • 70% will be based on the written paper
  • 30% will be based on the oral presentation

Round 1: Applicants submit both a standard Abstract (see Call for Papers section here) along with a Short Paper (maximum 2,500 words; including tables/figures and captions but excluding references) via the online submission form on the ESMQ website, they should select the category “ESMQ New Researcher Award 2024“. All Scientific Abstracts and Short Papers will be reviewed. Selected candidates will be invited to participate in the following round.

Round 2: The selected candidates submit a Full Paper adhering to ESMQ submission guidelines via ESMQ’s online submission homepage.

Round 3: The selected candidates are invited to present their papers as part of the European Sport Management Conference in September 2024. The presentation should not be a response to the reviews but focus on the contribution of the work to the sport management literature.

Also, please consider the following information:

  • Selected candidates need to provide a statement regarding the stage of their academic career, including where appropriate, the date of graduation for their doctoral degree as “Remark/Message to the Programme Committee and Chairs”.
  • The research paper may not have been presented or published previously in scholarly outlets.
  • If the paper is co-authored, a note as to the distribution of work among authors must be provided by the authors.
  • PhD candidates are allowed to submit one NRA paper only.

The ESMQ New Researcher Award 2024 process and panel is chaired by Professor Simon Shibli (Sheffield Hallam University – 

Full details are available at

EASM Best Conference Reviewer Award 2024

The EASM Best Conference Reviewer Award recognises outstanding dedication in providing knowledgeable reviews in a collegial spirit to promote both the development of colleagues’ work, and overall scientific quality of the conference. The Conference Scientific Committee acts as the award committee, informed by the Conference Track Review Chairs.