Key players

Lausanne is a global centre of excellence for sport. It has been home to the International Olympic Committee since 1915 and the city officially become the Olympic capital in 1994.

Today, it hosts more than 60 sporting organisations and the region is an exceptional hub, offering a wide variety of skills, from training facilities to scientific research and combating doping in sport.

As an integral part of the environment, UNIL has numerous experts working in the institution’s various departments, units and faculties.

The Interdisciplinary Centre for Sports Research brings them all together, creates synergies and coordinates the skills of researchers from the university’s seven faculties, with the aim of furthering knowledge in this area.

The Institute for Sports Studies at UNIL (ISSUL) specialises in education, academic and pure research, while the UNIL/EPFL Sports Centre draws on the Sports and Health Centre to develop applied research and offer athletes and other sportspeople cutting-edge training programmes.

ISSUL also runs programmes in sports studies and awards a Master’s in Sports Studies, with five separate streams :

  • Sports teaching
  • Adapted physical activities and health
  • Training and performance
  • Sport and leisure management
  • Social sciences and sport

In addition, the Academy of Sport Science and Technology (AISTS), founded in 2000 by the IOC, EPFL, UNIL, the University of Geneva, the International Institute for Management Development (IMS) and the École hôtelière de Lausanne (EHL), offers ongoing training in sport aimed at future international sports executives.

But UNIL’s contribution does not stop there. The Centre of Research and Expertise in Anti-Doping Sciences (REDs), and the Swiss Laboratory for Doping Analyses (LAD) are two key players in their field, both of which rely on the skills of UNIL staff.

UNIL works with its academic partners in the region as part of the academic sports network, The Smart Move, and is part of the Lake Geneva region sports network promoted by Think Sport.

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