Workshop on Fairness in Sports

Posted by: Dries Goossens

Ghent University will be hosting a free workshop on “Fairness in Sports”. It aims to bring together researchers and practitioners with an interest in sports research, and fairness issues in particular. We welcome you to participate.


Fairness in sport is not just about assigning the top prizes to the worthiest competitors. It is also about the way the competition itself is organized. How to design rules that do not favor certain competitors? How to design a schedule of play that a priori offers similar chances to each participant? How to reconcile various (often conflicting) requests expressed by the stakeholders? The workshop focusses on scientific methods to achieve greater fairness in sports, both from a theoretical and a practical point of view. Topics will include tournament scheduling and rule design.

Keynote speakers:

Prof. Mario Guajardo (NNH Norwegian School of Economics) – “Fair sharing in sports tournaments: A cooperative game theory perspective”

Prof. Mehmet Ismail (King’s College London) – “Catch-Up: A Rule that Makes Service Sports More Competitive”

Prof. Jörn Schönberger (Technical University of Dresden) – topic to be announced

Registration and participation:

The workshop will be a free 1-day event, which will take place on April 12th 2018 in Ghent (Belgium); registration is required.

The workshop will not have an open call for papers, but if you have interesting work to present related to fairness in sports, you are more than welcome to contact


This workshop is sponsored by ORBEL and the EURO working group OR in Sports.