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Summer School 2021

On this page you will find all the information you need about the upcoming Summer School, which will be taking place online from 16 to 29 August 2021.
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General information

The next Summer School will take place from 16 to 29 August 2021. Due to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the organisers decided to hold the summer school in online format.

All Summer School sessions will be held via the Internet, presumably via the Zoom platform. The Summer School programme comprises at least three 90-minute units daily from Monday to Saturday. In addition, professional online excursions or meetings with executives from the sports sector are carried out. Aside from the technical part of the Summer School, there will be several online activities designed to bring the participants closer to the culture and history of Germany. The detailed programme can be downloaded here [pdf, 117 kb] de.

At the end of the Summer School, each participant receives a certificate of completion. The most important thing though, is that you acquire valuable knowledge in the field of sports economics as well as sports management and marketing.

Download the Summer School Flyer here (PDF). [pdf, 7 mb] de

Application Process

The Summer School is aimed at bachelor, master and doctoral students in the fields of sports or economics sciences from Russia and other post-Soviet states. Some places are made available to students from Germany in corresponding subjects. Applicants must have already completed at least one university semester, be able to demonstrate good knowledge of English (at least B2) and have a high level of interest in the content of the Summer School. The number of places for admission to the course is limited to 30 participants. Admission to the course is based on competition.

To apply, you must complete an online application form (available here) and enclose the following documents:

  • proof of student status (e.g. student card)
  • curriculum vitae (in Russian or English)
  • letter of motivation (in Russian or English)
  • proof of English language skills (at least B2)

The curriculum vitae must be drawn up in tabular form and in the letter of motivation you should describe why you would like to attend the Summer School and what results you expect from it.

The application period runs from 01.06.2021 to 31.07.2021. If you have any questions, please contact


The lecturers at the Summer School are leading experts from the fields of sports management and sports economics — employees of the German universities.

Prof. Dr Frank Daumann (Friedrich Schiller University Jena) Expand entry
Prof. Dr. Frank Daumann (University of Jena) Prof. Dr. Frank Daumann (University of Jena) Image: Arlene Knipper

Frank Daumann (born 1964) is head of the Institute for Sports Science, holds the chair for Sports Economics and Health Economics, scientific director of the MBA programme in Sports Management and Vice Dean of the Faculty of Social and Behavioral Science at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena. After completing his studies in 1990, he did his doctorate at the Faculty of Law and Economics at the University of Bayreuth and habilitated there in 1998. Frank Daumann’s scientific work has been awarded several prizes and scholarships. His research focuses on sports and health economics. In the field of sports economics, Frank Daumann deals in particular with the analysis of individual sports markets, quality management in sports organisations, questions of doping and the marketing of sports. His textbook 'Fundamentals of Sports Economics' is a standard work for university teaching in the field of sports and has been revised and published in multiple editions.

Frank Daumann is a member of the American Economic Association, the Association for Social Policy, the Walter Eucken Institute e. V. and the working group Sports Economics e. V. He also works as a reviewer in specialist journals such as 'The European Journal of Sport Science', 'The European Journal of Health Economics' and the 'German Journal of Exercise and Sport Research'. He is co-editor of the peer-reviewed magazines 'Sport und Gesellschaft' and 'Sciamus - Sport und Management'.

Frank Daumann regularly presents his research results at international conferences (e.g. in Paris, Birmingham, Manchester, New Orleans, Auburn). He also gained international experience during several research stays abroad (e.g. at Indiana University in Bloomington (USA), at the Ludwig von Mises Institute in Auburn (USA)). He has been an Associate Scholar at the Mises Institute since 2013.  In addition, several international educational projects funded by the DAAD took place under his leadership (various summer schools in Russia, professional alumni special project for MEDICA 2016, 2018)

Dr Gerald Fritz (Director of the German Olympic Academy) Expand entry
Dr Gerald Fritz Dr Gerald Fritz Image: German Olympic Academy

Dr Gerald Fritz has been Director of the German Olympic Academy (DOA, Frankfurt) since 2020. Dr Fritz has many years of professional experience in marketing, communication, sponsoring and event organisation in sports. After completing his first state examination in sports science and biology at the Free University of Berlin and his master's degree in sports management at the University of Northern Colorado, USA, he started his professional career as a marketing manager in motorsport at Eurospeedway Lausitz and later as deputy general secretary and head of motorcycle racing at the German Motor Sport Association (DMSB).

He then headed the Marketing and Sponsoring Department of the Frankfurt Galaxy American Football Team, the record holder of the NFL Europe. He was also a member of the organising committee of the XV World Bowl. During the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany, Gerald Fritz, as head of department and project manager, coordinated the opening and closing ceremonies and accompanied the FIFA roadshow with the World Cup across Germany. Gerald Fritz then worked for the Qatar Stars League (QSL), the professional football league of Qatar, for several years. There he was responsible for community relations and audience marketing. His main focus was the development and implementation of target group-specific marketing and communication programmes to build a growing fan culture in a very heterogeneous audience market. During the AFC Asian Cup 2011 he took on the role of Marketing Venue Manager.

Gerald Fritz then worked from 2013 to 2017 as a research assistant and sports marketing lecturer at the University of Florida (Gainesville, USA) and at the Institute for Sports Science at Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz. From 2017 to 2020 he was Vice Dean and Professor for Sports Management & Head of Administration at the University of Applied Management - (HAM Campus Berlin). His research interests are community relations, consumer behaviour of sports fans and sponsorship in the context of mega sporting events and national sporting leagues. Dr Fritz is a member of the German Olympic Society (DOG) and the European Association for Sports Management (EASM). He was also President of the Berlin Rugby Association (BRV e.V.) from 2019 to 2020.

Prof. Dr Christoph Rasche (University of Potsdam) Expand entry
Prof. Dr Christoph Rasche (University of Potsdam) Prof. Dr Christoph Rasche (University of Potsdam) Image: Staatliche Akademie für Körperkultur, Sport und Tourismus der Wolgaregion (Kasan, Russland)

Christoph Rasche (born 1965) is professor for sports management and sports economics as well as head of the “Professional Services - Knowledge-Intensive Services” department at the University of Potsdam. He completed his studies in sports economics at the University of Bayreuth and received his doctorate there in 1994 with Prof. Dr. Heymo Böhler at the Chair of Marketing. After working as a consultant in the private sector at Droege & Comp. AG (Düsseldorf), he completed his habilitation at the University of Bayreuth in 2001 in the field of "Strategic Management".

In the same year the call was accepted to the University of Potsdam in the sports economics department, which had already been established as a representative. Christoph Rasche was managing director of the institute for sports science for several years, is the founding board member of the gmip - General Management Institute Potsdam e.V., member of the institute for management and organisation (IMO) e.V. and in the working group sport economics as well as co-editor of the series ‘Leadership’ and ‘Strategic competence management ‘. Since 2017 he has been a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the German Institute for Consulting Sciences (dibw) in Berlin. In addition, Christoph Rasche is visiting professor and lecturer at Harvard Business School (2001) and at the universities of Acalá de Henares (Spain), Innsbruck (Austria), Osnabrück and Jena.

His main research interests are sports economics, service management (including sports), strategic management (including sports), positioning strategies in marketing (including sports), cooperation and competition in industry centers, the economic analysis of institutionalised sports (market, competition and law) and non-profit sports organisations in competition. In 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 he was a lecturer at the sports management summer schools of the Friedrich Schiller University Jena in Russia.

Dr Norbert Schütte (Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz) Expand entry
Dr Norbert Schütte Dr Norbert Schütte Image: Ursula Wolf (Bad Kreuznach)

Norbert Schütte (born 1963) is a research assistant at the Institute for Sports Science in the Department of Sports Economics, Sports Sociology and Sports History at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz.

He studied sociology, economics, social and economic history and computer science at the University of Hamburg. He did his doctorate at the German Sports University Cologne on the subject of ‘Pressure to professionalise and obstacles of the management of sports clubs and associations". From 1995 to 2003 he worked as a research assistant at the Institute for Sports Economics and Sports Management at the German Sport University Cologne. From 2004 to 2005 he carried out various studies as an employee of the General German University Sports Association (adh), including the evaluation of the elite sport funding ‘partner university of elite sport", a structural analysis of Olympic teams and a satisfaction analysis of the members. Since April 2006 he has been working at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz as a research assistant.

The focus of his work is the implementation of empirical research projects on sociological, business and economic topics as well as comprehensive teaching. In teaching and research, in particular, he dealt with cost-benefit analyses of major sporting events, professional field analyses of sports managers, professionalisation tendencies in the third sector, management of non-profit organisations, effects of new public management as well as human resource management and management techniques. In addition, since 2010 he has been organising the annual Innsbruck Sports Economics and Management Symposium with Prof. Holger Preuß and Prof. Martin Schnitzer.

Prof. Dr Benedikt Römmelt (SRH University Heidelberg) Expand entry
Prof. Dr Benedikt Römmelt (SRH Heidelberg) Prof. Dr Benedikt Römmelt (SRH Heidelberg) Image: SRH Heidelberg

Prof. Dr Benedikt Römmelt (born 1980) studied sports economics (diploma) at the University of Bayreuth and sports management (master) at the Université Montpellier. He received his doctorate from the Faculty of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Jena. He gained practical experience in sponsoring and event management at Gerolsteiner Brunnen (cycling), in media analysis at IFM International, in consulting at Roland Berger Strategy Consultants, in (service) market research (senior consultant IMK) and education (managing director Sciamus GmbH). In 2016 he was appointed professor for sports marketing and methods at the Faculty of Economics at the SRH University of Applied Sciences Heidelberg.

Benedikt Römmelt's research fields include digitisation in marketing, social media marketing, brand management and leadership. Benedikt Römmelt is a member of the working group Sports Economics e. V. He is also active as a reviewer for the ‘German Journal of Exercise and Sport Research’ and on the Science Council (accreditation). He is co-editor of the peer-reviewed 'Sciamus - Sport und Management'.