We are pleased to welcome you to the 9th annual conference of the eass, to be held in Berne, Switzerland from 20th to 23rd June 2012. The Institute of Sport Science of the University of Bern plays a key role in the development of sport studies in Switzerland and is honoured to host this important conference. We will do our utmost to offer an interesting programme, as well as to provide opportunities to connect with colleagues and to meet and make friends.

Switzerland, and Berne in particular, is not only well known for its rich cultural history and mountains, but also for cheese and chocolate. We will make sure all participants will have the opportunity to experience this ‘Swissness’ and to enjoy such delights alongside the official programme of the conference.

We are looking forward to welcome you in Berne 2012!

Siegfried Nagel
(on behalf of the Organising Committee)