The presenting time for each speaker is 10 minutes. In order to live up to the original idea of a symposium, questions to the speakers from the audience will be postponed to the end of each session to stimulate in-depth discussions among all attendants.

Preliminary schedule (PDF download)



The Symposium will start at 10:00 a.m. and end at 6:30 p.m.

The workshops are a core part of our symposium. The original idea of a symposium is to meet people, exchange thoughts and ideas and to discuss. All participants looking for an opportunity to have in-depth discussions and debates on selected topics are welcome at the three different workshops. We have picked distinguished leaders for the workshops that have a broad knowledge in their field. They will commence the workshop with a brief introduction with the aim to stimulate a fruitful debate among all participants.


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Workshop 1: Olympic Studies Centres & National Olympic Academies

Organized by Prof. Dr. Naofumi Masumoto (Japan Olympic Academy), Prof. Dr. Gudrun Doll-Tepper (German Olympic Academy) and Maria Bogner (IOC Olympic Studies Centre)

Olympic Studies Centres & National Olympic Academies present their efforts to spread the Olympic Idea. The IOC Olympic Studies Centre will present the world library and its offers for Olympic Research. The NOA Japan and NOA Germany will present their activities to activate the Olympic Idea in their countries.

Other NOAs and OSC are welcome to join a fruitful discussion and brainstorming as well as “lessons learnt” about their activities.


Workshop 2: Tokyo 2020: Learnings for Paris 2024?

Organized by Marie Delaplace (Gustave Eiffel University, ORME, Lab’Urba, EUP)

Tokyo 2020 will host the XXXII Olympic Summer Games, Jul 24 - Aug 9. It will be the last summer Olympic Games before Paris 2024. While Tokyo is a different city (larger population, specific culture and governance), the analyse of Tokyo 2020 could allow to identify some best practices or elements that must be improved or changed for the Paris 2024 Games and the athletes themselves but also for the population, the tourists and more broadly for the whole present people (disabled people included). Tokyo 2020 and Paris 2024 share similar objectives linked to the Games. They share the objective for making the Games a showcase for their urban planning know-how as well as their technological expertise in particular concerning sustainable development. They also want to put forward the inclusiveness of the Games: diversity and inclusion for Tokyo 2020, Social Inclusion and sustainability for Paris 2024.

The aim of this special session is to allow researchers and practitioners who work or have worked on Tokyo 2020 and Paris 2024 to exchange their knowledge in terms of sustainability, transportation, planning, accessibility (in particular for disabled people) and tourism issues.

Some Japanese colleagues will present their researches concerning transportation, tourism and disabled people. Some French researchers of ORME will present the first results of their research concerning disabled people, tourism and their observatory. Other will present some comparison between Tokyo and Paris concerning the sustainability issues.

People who are interested by the special session can contact

Marie Delaplace