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About us

The Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB), faced with the challenge implicit in Barcelona's nomination as host city of the 25th Olympic Games, promoted the creation of the Olympic Studies Centre in 1989 for the purposes of research, documentation, training and dissemination of information on Olympism and sport.

Main objectives

  • To collaborate with the international Olympic Movement and with the various national and international sports organizations in academic, scientific and cultural dissemination fields.

  • To carry out research into Olympism and sport, particularly in the fields of humanities and social sciences.

  • To organise university courses for professionals and postgraduate students in Olympism and sport.

  • To compile documentation and make it available to students, visitors and specialists through information and documentation service.

  • To promote international academic activities and coordination of university centres.

  • To facilitate -by means of symposia, conferences and publications- the scientific and social dissemination of studies carried out.

Institutional organization

CEO-UAB receives the support of the following institutions, which constitute the Centre’s governing board:

  • Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

  • Generalitat de Catalunya

  • Diputació de Barcelona

  • Ajuntament de Barcelona

  • Comité Olímpico Español

International Chair in Olympism

In 1995 the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and the IOC signed a collaboration agreement for the establishment of the International Chair in Olympism to promote the research, education, documentation and dissemination of the Olympic ideals.