The next edition of AISTS SEMOS Plus will take place from the 30 October to 1 November 2017 and registration is now open. The AISTS SEMOS Plus edition listed below will give potential participants a good idea of the programme, speakers and other relevant information but the information may change for the 2017 edition.

Pick and choose from seven different sessions ranging in duration on topics such as medical services, press & broadcast, protocol and spectator experience – all in relation to their role in sport events.

AISTS SEMOS Plus gives you the opportunity to stay abreast of the latest developments and best practices - learning from industry leaders.


AISTS SEMOS Plus participants are professional, part-time or volunteer managers and organisers of international sports events, as well as staff from International Sports Organisations.

As an AISTS SEMOS Plus 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.


EPFL Campus


Registration deadline: Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Fees vary between modules, please see below for full information.


The schedule for the AISTS SEMOS Plus has yet to be confirmed.  It will be available shortly. 

Monday, 30 October 2017

09:00 - 11:30     Press and Broadcast

Explore the key activities performed by a media centre as well as recommended services provided to different client groups and the key relationships to maintain.

Speaker: TBC
Fee: 150 CHF

13:00 - 15:00     Spectator Experience

Gain a solid understanding of the key planning approaches, tactics, and tools available which can support effective planning to create a spectator experience, as well as enhance the spectator’s experience itself.

Speaker: TBC
Fee: 120 CHF

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

09:00 - 10:45     Accommodation

Gain a solid understanding in managing accommodation around different client groups, negotiating and dealing with suppliers, as well as how accommodation connects with other functional areas like transport and catering.

Speaker: Christina Tavares
Fee: 105 CHF

11:15 - 12:30     Catering, Cleaning and Waste

Gain a deep understanding into the importance of this functional area and how it positively impacts the value of an event. Identify how this function can be used to meet basic requirements as well as server as a marketing tool.

Speaker: Frank Schuetzendorf
Fee: 75 CHF

14:00 - 16:00     Protocol

Get a greater appreciation of this critical aspect but often overlooked area of sport events. This session will take you through identifying the relevant client groups and its characteristics, as well as an understanding of how it impacts on the related planning, development and operations.

Speaker: Aurelia Ruetsch

Fee: 120 CHF

Wednesday, 1 November

09:00 - 10:30     Medical

Ensure the health and safety of your athletes, spectators and workers before, during, and after a competition by understanding the medical requirements and the necessary partnerships with key stakeholders.

Speaker: Richard Budget
Fee: 90 CHF

11:00 - 12:30     Knowledge Management

Understand the importance of knowledge management in the context of event planning and organisation, as well as the specificities of managing knowledge like cultural and contextual challenges and the different types of knowledge. With the proper project management methods and systems in place, the identification of risks and opportunities can be facilitated.

Speaker: Cédric Vanden Bogaerde
Fee: 90 CHF


Richard Budgett - Medical and Scientific Director, IOC

Dr Richard Budgett has been Medical and Scientific Director of the IOC since November 2012. Before that he was Chief Medical Officer for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games from 2007 to 2012. He was Director of Medical Services for the British Olympic Association from 1994 to 2007 and has been Chief Medical Officer with Team GB at the summer and winter Olympic Games in Atlanta, Nagano, Sydney, Salt Lake City, Athens and Turin. He was team doctor to the Great Britain men’s rowing team from 2005 to 2008 and was Governing Body Medical Officer and team doctor for the Great Britain Bobsleigh Association from 1990 to 2007 attending the Olympic Winter Games in Albertville in 1992 and Lillehammer in 1994. He was a member of the IOC Medical Commission at the Olympic Games in Beijing in 2008 and Winter Games in Vancouver in 2010. After a completing a Diploma in Sports Medicine at the London Hospital he worked as a Medical Officer at the Olympic Medical Institute (previously British Olympic Medical Centre) from 1989 to 2012. In 2003 he was appointed lead physician for the South East region of the English Institute of Sport (EIS) based at Bisham Abbey. Since 1987 he has conducted research into the problem of fatigue and underperformance and has published widely on the subject of Overtraining or Unexplained Underperformance Syndrome (UUPS). In 2005 he was appointed to the World Anti Doping Agency list committee, which he chaired from 2010 to 2012. He was Chairman of the British Rowing Medical Committee for 20 years and won an Olympic Gold Medal in rowing in Los Angeles in 1984.

Aurelia Ruetsch - Consultant

Aurelia has over ten years of experience in major sporting events and specializes in Protocol Operations. She found her calling for Protocol at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games, pairing her planning and operational skills with high quality service delivery to the Olympic Family. Aurelia enjoys Protocol because of its importance in the Games context, the complexity of the Games Family client group and the dynamic nature of Protocol Operations at Games-time. Since January 2014, Aurelia is Head of Protocol Operations for the Baku 2015 European Games where she plans to deliver outstanding Protocol Operations for the first European Games with her team built to succeed.

Frank Schützendorf - Senior Lecturer, Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne

Frank has built his international hospitality career over the past 23 years as a Food and Beverage professional within the top luxury hotel market. He today holds the position as Senior Lecturer at Ecole Hòtelière de Lausanne where he teaches Food and Beverage Operations Management since 2016. Extremely guest focused and solutions driven, he has been exposed to some of the finest operations across the globe and has developed a sense for detail, perfection, excellence and engaging guest satisfaction. Hotel Operators include Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts and Resorts and the Dorchester Collection. Having worked for different hospitality operators he was able to extract the key qualities of each, be it from a human resources, operations, innovation or a financial profitability point of view. Following professional experiences in North America, Europe and Asia, he has acquired a sensibility to submerging into different cultures and adapting to new environments quickly in order to tackle the various challenges each operation is confronted with.

Christina Tavares - Senior Lecturer, Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne

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.

Cédric Vanden Bogaerde - Project Manager, Olympic Games Knowledge Management, IOC

Biography to follow shortly.

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