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CEO-UAB was created for the purposes of research, documentation, training and dissemination of information on Olympism and sport and has promoted and participated as key partner in research, training and transfer projects with an international scope. Learn more on our key activities since our establishment in 1989.


Research projects undertaken by the CEO-UAB cover a number of different areas of sport and the Olympic Games, particularly from a social sciences perspective. Its main long term research lines are in the areas of: communication, sport and the Olympic Games; impact and legacy of the Olympic Games, in particular Barcelona’92; and the role of sport in society.

  • Consultancy. CEO-UAB team has provided consultancy services for sport and Olympic actors, such as the design of sport policy in the city of Barcelona; the academic strategy of the International Olympic Committee, or the contents design for the Olympic Museum Lausanne’s media exhibitions.
  • PhD support. CEO-UAB provides a program to support PhD students undertaking post-graduate studies at the UAB in the field of Olympic studies, and particularly in the priority lines of research of the CEO-UAB. The program is open to all PhD students that have officially registered their research at a UAB department.
  • Research stages. CEO-UAB offers researchers the chance to undertake research periods at the UAB through inter-university cooperation programmes or at an individual’s request.
  • Networked activity. CEO-UAB has developed an important research network thought its activity. It has been partner institution in two European-funded Leonardo DaVinci projects, and in many international projects, in particular related to universities in Olympic host cities.

CEO-UAB has organised a wide range of graduate and postgraduate activities on sport and Olympism. These include a graduate subject on sport and the Olympic Games, training programmes for sports managers, university seminars given by the visiting professors of the International Chair in Olympism (IOC-UAB) and dissemination seminars on the legacy of the Barcelona’92 Olympic Games. In addition, the CEO-UAB promotes a training programme to host interns.

CEO-UAB has been promoter or collaborating partner in international postgraduate training activities. It coordinates the module on communication and commercialisation of the Olympic Games at the Master of Arts on Olympic Studies, and leads the MOOC course “The Olympic Games and the Media” in Coursera.


CEO-UAB organises academic dissemination activities, both locally and internationally, on various aspects of sport and the Olympic phenomenon. It has been an IOC partner in organising academic symposia and congresses: Olympic Ceremonies (1995), Olympic Villages (1996), Television (1998), Sport for All (1998), Volunteers (1999) and the Legacy of the Olympic Games (2002)

CEO-UAB has had an extensive programme of publications, including academic books, conference proceedings, research results and many other kinds of documents.

CEO-UAB manages the International Chair in Olympism (UAB-IOC) , a programme aimed to involve internationally renowned academic experts in social sciences and humanities by becoming visiting professors of the Chair) in order to contribute to the development of a line of research and to the scientific dissemination of a specific aspect of the Olympic phenomenon. (17 holders since 1995)

Information management

CEO-UAB holds an olympic research collection, and a section of the archive of the Barcelona’92 Olympic Games, providing tailored-services for academics, students and professionals researching on the Olympics and sport.

CEO-UAB promotes, develops and manages of first Internet portal in Olympic Studies since 1995, and its social network presence at FacebookTwitterYoutube and Slideshare.

CEO-UAB has become a key partner and manager of sport and Olympic information systems: Barcelona Sport Events Impact, Barcelona OlímpicaCatalan Observatory of Sport, Olympicstudies Net, IOC Olympic Values Educational Programme (OVEP) database.