AISTS SEMOS - Sports Event Management and Organisation Seminar

Since 2001, the AISTS has been organising SEMOS (Sport Event Management and Organisation Seminar). The next edition of AISTS SEMOS will take place in October 2017 and registration is now open.

The AISTS SEMOS module offers an overview of the key tasks that sports managers need to successfully plan, communicate and operate when organising sport events, providing a 360° view and behind the scenes look at the mechanics of sport events.

Bringing together leaders of International Sport Federations and other experts of the AISTS network, including the International Olympic Committee and sport event organisers, AISTS SEMOS is both pertinent and practical, and recognises the increased expectations of spectators, media and sponsors at major events.

I thoroughly recommend the programme as an excellent way to gain valuable insight into the current state of play across a range of critical areas in the business of sport at large. Additionally, for anyone involved in event management, the importance of simply learning before doing cannot be underestimated. SEMOS is one excellent way participants can begin to fill the knowledge gaps so evident in poorly run events.

Christopher Payne, SEMOS lecturer & Head of Olympic Games Knowledge Management
International Olympic Committee 


Swiss Tech Convention Centre
North Ward EPFL
Route Louise-Favre 2
Lausanne, Switzerland

Fee: CHF 1'980

IFs and NFs Discount: Employees of International and National Sports Federations receive 20% off the AISTS SEMOS open module fee. Please email to register and to take advantage of the discount.
Fee includes:

  • Course materials
  • Entrance fee to the Olympic Museum 
  • Daily lunch
  • Certificate of Completion

Key Topics

Immerse yourself in a week-long experience, where the core functions of managing sport events such as World Championships and Continental and Olympic Games will be considered, examined and explored.

Focused on impactful learning with constructive outcomes, these five days will explore topics, including:

  • Sport Competition
  • Venue management
  • Security
  • Accreditation
  • Transport
  • Technology 
  • Logistics 
  • Catering, Cleaning and Waste 
  • Accommodation 
  • Sponsorship
  • Ticketing


Join an international class of 40 participants and a network of like-minded professionals to hear from industry experts from the IOC, EnglandRugby2015, Baku2015, the International Judo Federation (IJF), International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) and more. See below for detailed biographies of each speaker.

Who should attend 

AISTS SEMOS participants are professional, part-time or volunteer managers and organisers of international sports events, as well as staff from International Sports Organisations looking to successfully lead and manage a complex sport event.

As an AISTS SEMOS participant, you will join an international class of 40 participants currently studying the AISTS Master of Advanced Studies in Sport Administration and Technology. 

Class Size: Approximately 40-50 individuals.


The detailed schedule will be posted shortly.

2016 Speakers Are Listed Below


Lisa Allan

Lisa currently works as Competition Manager for the International Judo Federation (IJF). She has worked for the IJF since finishing work as the Olympic and Paralympic Judo Manager at London 2012. She also worked for SportAccord from 2013 - 2015. Born and raised in Scotland she graduated from the University of Edinburgh with a PhD in Chemistry and spent 17 years researching vitamin biosynthesis and electron transfer before being brave enough to change professions. She loves sport but judo is her passion. In her spare time she likes to read crime novels and is trying to learn French and Russian.

Andrew Amery

Andrew is a recognised major events professional with a proven track record in delivery and oversight across 23 years; including 10 years operating at a strategic level on the London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games. Andrew was listed in the 2012-13 IFSEC top 20 most influential people in the global security and fire industries. He was a major stakeholder in the development of the multi agency governance structures for the London Games and has a unique understanding of the pressures of both the public and private sectors in the major event environment. Previously Andrew was a protection officer to the Royal Family before taking responsibility for the protection planning for high profile events including The Golden Jubilee, The Commonwealth Games and HM The Queen Mother’s funeral.

Philippe Bovy

Professor emeritus of transportation at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) Switzerland. Specialized in mega event transport planning and design since 1984 Sarajevo Winter Games followed by 1988 Calgary and 1998 Nagano Olympic Winter Games observer programs. IOC transport advisor since 1996. Transport development and traffic management monitoring of Sydney, Salt Lake City, Athens, Turin, Beijing, London, Sochi and Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games. Evaluation commission member for 2012 to 2020 Olympic Games. Transport and mobility management expertise and research on Lisbon 1998 Expo, Swiss National 2001 Expo, Euro 2008-Geneva, UEFA-Euro 2012 football tournament transport planning in Poland/Ukraine. 120 communications and conference papers. Permanent update of «Olympic and mega-event transport bibliography 1997-2013» on

Adrian Corcoran

Adrian’s connection with major sport events stretches back to 1984 when he designed the production talkback equipment for the BBC’s TV coverage of the Sarajevo Winter Olympics. Twenty three years later he joined the London 2012 team as the Head of Venue Technology, a period which also included 18 months as interim CIO delivering the technology foundation. Since then Adrian established the England 2015 Rugby World Cup technology team, provided advice to the Rio 2016 technology team, delivered assignments for a premiership football club and the IOC and worked for 2 years as Director of Technology for Baku 2015 where he helped to deliver the First European Games in a very compressed timescale.

Jose Dhooma

Jose holds a masters in Logistics and Supply Chain Management and is a founding partner of Auriol Event Leadership. He has worked within Logistics and Supply Chain for more than 20 years and is experienced in retail supply chains, humanitarian logistics and event logistics. He has just completed his latest assignment as Head of Logistics for the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Previous roles include the Head of Logistics for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and operational management at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Jose is also the Head of Logistics for a humanitarian aid charity.

Philipp Groborsch

Philipp is one of the two founders and Managing Directors of SOLID – Event Management + Consulting. Most recently Philipp was the CEO of the 12th European Youth Olympic Winter Festival 2015 in Vorarlberg and Liechtenstein. As a leading member of staff at the Innsbruck 2012 Winter Youth Olympic Games he acted as the Head of Operations & Technology to make the inaugural Winter version of the event, introduced to the sport world by IOC President Jacques Rogge, a huge success. Before that, Philipp spearheaded UEFA’s preparations for UEFA EURO 2008 in Innsbruck. His career in the world of Major Sport Events kicked off in 2004 with the Winter Universiade Innsbruck/Seefeld 2005. Additionally, Philipp performed project based work for the European Handball Federation for several years.

Clare Hartley

Clare has worked in Major Events for over 13 years, working across the UK and abroad on a mixture of international sports, mass participation and charity events. Her first taste of the events started at the Sydney Olympic and Paralympic Games followed by venue management roles at the Manchester 2002 Commonwealth Games and Special Olympics World Games in Dublin in 2003. From 2003- 2007, Clare worked at Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life events team, she then moved to UK Sport. In 2009, Clare moved to LOCOG where she worked in venue management and led the planning of the central London venues, moving into a role as Road Events General Manager in 2011. As a director at ARC Event Consultancy she is currently working on a number of large events in the UK including the 2014 Tour de France, Special Olympics National Games, National and World Triathlon Championships.

Markus Leonhard

Markus is one of the two founders and Managing Directors of SOLID – Event Management + Consulting. Most recently Markus has been looking after SOLID’s involvement in the Tough Mudder event series in Germany and the FIFA Handbook project. Before that Markus was involved in a series of major events such as the Olympic and Paralympic Games in London 2012 and Vancouver 2010, the Winter Youth Olympic Games Innsbruck 2012, the UEFA Euro 2008 and the 2006 FIFA World Cup. Besides his work on event operational topics both in planning/ executing and consulting, Markus also specialises in event hosting / event property owner related matters.

Gavin McAlpine

Gavin leads the strategic planning and delivery of programmes which drive integration, build capability and readiness across multiple stakeholders. His experience includes twelve years with two global consulting firms and has performed a number of long-term secondments in organising committees for the Olympic Games including Vancouver 2010 and London 2012. As Director of Operational Capability and Readiness for Baku 2015, Gavin was central to compressing 7 years of planning into 18 months and building capability of national talent through the innovative Games Academy. He supports the IOC as an advisor which includes projects with Sochi 2014, Rio 2016 and Pyeongchang 2018.

Mario Medeiros Azevedo

Mario, a Brazilian national who was previously the Strategic Sponsorship Sales Manager for the Rio 2016 Organising Committee for the Olympic Games for four years, responsible for the main sponsorship deals of the 2016 Games, such as Automotive, Sports Apparel, Beer, Telecommunications, and others, joined the FIVB as its Commercial Director in 2014 with a focus on the sponsorship and sales strategy around the FIVB´s key events including the FIVB Volleyball Men´s and Women´s World Championships and the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships. Mario has extensive international experience in major events, speaks five languages and has a MAS in Sport Administration from the AISTS and a bachelors in Communications and Law.

Christina Tavares

Christina holds a master in quality and strategy since 2010 and teaches courses in Room Division at the Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne since 2002. She brings with her over a decade of experience in the hospitality industry, within a wide spectrum of establishments ranging from 5-star deluxe hotels to camping grounds. Her career experience also includes working for a Destination Management Company specializing in the upscale market. Her experience from both sides, from the supplier side and as an intermediary between hotels and end customers, has given her a thorough knowledge in group management. During her masters project she focused on quality in SME Hotels and developed a tool to assist owners/managers in viewing his/her operation strategically. Apart from teaching at the Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne, Christina has also been actively involved with consulting and training projects supported by the Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne.

Paul Williamson

Paul Williamson has worked on ticketing projects for many major sports events, including World Cups, Rugby World Cups, Cricket World Cups and Commonwealth Games. He was Director of Ticketing at London 2012, which sold 10.99m tickets, value $1bn and most recently was Ticketing Director at Rugby World Cup. He currently leads a consultancy focusing on reducing ticketing risk and improving revenues at major events.

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