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President's greeting

Dear friends of the Congress of the Department of Physical Education & Sport Science, I am pleased to announce the organization of the 32nd International Congress of Physical Education & Sport Science from 31 May to 2 June 2024, in Komotini, GR.

At this year’s conference, the Dep. Phys. Educ. Sp. Sc. of the Democritus University of Thrace celebrates its 40 years of operation. In September 1984, we welcomed our first students, and we want to celebrate this milestone, always with all of you here in beloved Komotini. Get ready for a spectacular conference!

We kick of on Thursday, May 31st, with pre-conference events, starting with a young investigators’ session, featuring “mini-oral-presentations” we inaugurated last year, followed by the book presentation of Bane Prelevic’s aptly titled “The power of Defeat”.

This year, we have two keynote speakers! On Friday afternoon before the opening ceremony, former Rector of the Democritus University of Thrace and Professor Emeritus Yiannis Panoussis, one of the first Deans of the Department and one of its steadfast friends and supporters, will be our first keynote speaker. On Saturday, June 1st, our second keynote speaker, Professor Jayden Y. Kim from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania (KU), USA, will delve into the highly interesting topic: “Unlocking the game: The future of sport marketing research through Biometrics”.

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Invited Speakers

Jayden (Yongjae) Kim

Professor for Sport Management, Kutztown University, Pennsylvania, USA

Keynote speech: Unlocking the game: The future of sport marketing research through Biometrics

Yiannis Panoussis

Former Rector of the Democritus University of Thrace

Institution & Venue


Democritus University of Thrace (DUTH)

Democritus University of Thrace (DUTH) was established in July 1973 by Legislative Decree No. 87 of 27 July 1973, and started operating during the academic year 1974-1975. It was named “Democritus” in honor of the ancient Greek philosopher Democritus, who hailed from the town of Abdera in Thrace.

The administration of DUTH is headquartered in Komotini, which is the capital city of the Administrative Region of Eastern Macedonia and Thrace.

The University is currently operating eight Faculties and nineteen Schools in four cities of Thrace – eight in Komotini, five in Xanthi, four in Alexandroupolis and two in Orestiada. Overall, more than 15,000 students are studying at DUTH at undergraduate and post-graduate level.

The University plays an important role in strengthening the national and cultural identity of the region of Thrace, and contributes to the high level of education in Greece. Relying on the quality of teaching and research level, DUTH has secured a place among the best Greek Universities.

As a Higher Education Institution, DUTH is a Public Entity with complete autonomy that is supervised and funded by the State through the Ministry of Education, Research and Religious Affairs.

The Department of Physical Education and Sport Science

The mission of the Department of Physical Education and Sport Science encompasses the following main objectives:

  • to cultivate and promote the Science of Physical Education and Sport through academic and applied teaching and research.
  • to provide its graduates with adequate knowledge that will ensure their integrated proficiency for their scientific and professional career.
  • to contribute to the development of sports in Greece and at the same time to cultivate and propagate the athletic ideal all over Greece.
  • to raise public awareness regarding the importance of physical education as a crucial factor contributing to the improvement of their standard.

The offered degrees are:

  • The Department of Physical Education and Sports Science awards the relevant degree of Physical Education and Sports.
  • All issues relevant to the Academic procedures and requirements of the Undergraduate and Graduate programs of study are determined according to arrangements regarding relevant University Departments. The minimum numbers of semesters required for obtaining a degree is eight.
  • Graduates of the Department of PA & Sp Sc can undertake:
    • The teaching of Physical Education and Sport Science in every level of education, in athletic clubs and in all relevant professional and social settings.
    • The teaching of courses relevant to the science of Physical Education.

For more information visit our website:

The Congress is held in facilities of the School of Physical Education and Sport Sciences of the Democritus University of Thrace.

Since the academic year 2007-09, the Department of Physical Education and Sport Sciences has been transferred to a new owned establishment (~15.000m2) at the Democritus University Campus.

The new building has 6 teaching halls, 2 amphitheatres, a new ultramodern laboratory space, teaching and research staff offices and the Secretariat office.

In neighboring autonomous buildings, the rehabilitation center (521 m2) and the library (1008 m2) are housed including also the reading space for students of disabilities, and the computer rooms.

The transfer of the school to its new installation enhanced the dynamic of this International Congress, while the new space and environment provided with limitless possibilities for delegates to interact efficiently and develop new collaborations by participating in more than one sessions.


You may get to Komotini by:

Car: Komotini is situated 850 klm from Athens (this means that someone may need to travel about 8 hours by car) and 276 klm from Thessaloniki (this means that someone may need to drive for 2,5 hours). There are buses both from Athens to Komotini and from Thessaloniki to Komotini.

Railway: Someone may travel from Thessaloniki, Athens and Istanbul to Komotini by railway,

Plane: Although Komotini does not have an airport, the closest airports are situated to Alexandroupolis (56klm from Komotini, telephone number of the Alexandroupoli’s airport: 0030 25510-89300) and to Kavala (146 klm from Komotini, telephone number of the airport: 0030 25910-53409).

Useful telephone numbers:

  • Aegean Airlines: 801 11 20 000
  • Olympic Airlines: 0030 210-96.66.666)
  • El. Venizelos airport: 0030 210-35.30.000
  • Makedonia airport: 0030 2310-98.50.00
  • Train Station Komotini: 25310-22650, 25310-26804

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