OCTOBER 25, 2018

University of Zurich

About the Conference

Data science, the sexiest job of the 21st century, has arrived in sports and is here to stay. The gathering and analyses of data in sports plays a key role for researchers, data intelligence and technology firms, sports organizations, and media institutions alike.

The Center for Research in Sports Administration (CRSA) organizes a conference on Sports, Data, and Journalism on Thursday, October 25, 2018. The conference provides a platform for experts from research, media, and industry to discuss the use of data science in sports, thereby demystifying its role in sports research.


Christopher Anderson

Behavioral Scientist

Professor Warwick / LSE

Costas Bekas

Manager Foundations of Cognitive Solutions

IBM Research

Thomas Ebermann

Data Scientist Liip

Lecturer Data Journalism MAZ

Nicolas Evans

Group Leader Quality Programme


Dirk Ifsen

Managing Director Perform Germany

Jessica Kunert

Postdoctoral Researcher

Ludwig-Maximilians University Munich

Haluka Maier-Borst

Data Journalist

Neue Zürcher Zeitung

Barnaby Skinner

Head of Data Journalism


John Templon

Investigative Data Reporter

Buzzfeed News NYC

Pamela Wicker

Professor German Sport University College

Ulrich Woitek

Board Member CRSA

Professor University of Zurich

Gabi Wüthrich

Graduate Student, Economics

University of Zurich

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Keynotes and Presentations

The conference hosts a keynote speech and numerous presentation sessions for academics, analysts, and data journalists. If you are interested in becoming a speaker at our conference, please submit your abstract. We will host presentations both from academics and practicians.


Freshen up your data analytics skills, understand data visualization methods, or learn how to get started with Python. You will have the chance to attend several workshops on different topics in data science at the conference.


Receive feedback on your own work, critically challenge research results, learn about new methods and exchange ideas on the use of data science in sports.


The conference takes place at the University of Zurich, Rämistrasse 59, Building RAA.

Organization Team

Helmut Dietl

Chairman CRSA

Professor University of Zurich

Gabriele Siegert

Board of Directors CRSA

Vice President Social Sciences University of Zurich

Ulrich Woitek

Board of Directors CRSA

Professor University of Zurich

Anil Özdemir

Managing Director CRSA

Graduate Student GSB
University of Zurich


We thank our partners for their support and contributions

UZH Hochschulstiftung

Interested in becoming a partner for our upcoming conference?
Please contact us directly at crsa[at]