Previous Conferences

Second day:

In relation to the Reykjavik International Games 2019 the Reykjavik Sports Union, The National Olympic and Sports Association of Iceland, Reykjavik City, The Youth Association of Iceland, The ministry of Education and Culture and Reykjavik University have organised a conference about sports and violence.

The conference will take place on Wednesday the 30th of January in Reykjavik University and on Thursday the 31st of January there will be a workshop in the Sports Center in Laugardalur Valley.


January 30th

10:30 – 11:40            
Conference Opening (In Icelandic)
Lilja D. Alfreðsdóttir, The minister of science, education and culture

Research and the law

10:40 – 11:20
Gender-based Violence in Sport: what are the key issues?
Dr. Sandra Kirby, Professor, Emerita Winnipeg University

11:20 – 11:45            
The positive effects of sports in Iceland (In Icelandic)
Margrét Lilja Guðmundsdóttir, Teacher at the University of Reykjavik and a

11:45 – 12:00            
Sports from the viewpoint of children’s rights (In Icelandic)
Dr. Salvör Nordal, Ombudsman for Children

12:00 – 12:15            
#MeToo and the law (In Icelandic)
Þorbjörg Inga Jónsdóttir, Supreme Court Lawyer

12:15 – 12:40             
Vulnerable populations in sport: the elite child athlete, the para athlete and the LGBTQ* athlete
Dr. Sandra Kirby, Professor, Emerita Winnipeg University

12:40 – 13:25             
Lunch break

Voices of survivors and locker room culture

13:25 – 13:35             
Sixty-two heroes or sixty-two liars? (in Icelandic)
Hafdís I. Helgudóttir Hinriksdóttir, social worker at Fyrsta Skrefið

13:35 – 14:05             
The long-term effects of child sexual abuse
Dr. Colin Harris, former professional football player for Chelsea FC

14:05 – 14:25             
The locker room – where nothing grows nor flourishes (In Icelandic)
Arnar Sveinn Geirsson, football player for Valur       

14:25 – 15:00             
A dream destroyed, and lives shattered
Karen Leach, former swimmer from Ireland

15:00 – 15:30             

Panel of Survivors – What can the sporting community do better?  (in Icelandic)

Edda Sif Pálsdóttir, sport reporter, steers the conversation

Embla Kristínardóttir, basketball player

Guðrún Karítas Garðarsdóttir, mother of a boccia player

Kolbrún Hrund Sigurgeirsdóttir, chairman of the football department and equality comity of Fylkir Sports club

15:30 – 15:45             
Coffee break

Actions and a vision for the future 

15:45 – 16:05             
Voices for truth and dignity in European Sport: The Voice project and its legacy
Dr. Mike Hartill, reader, Edge Hill University, Canada

16:05 – 16:35             
How to prevent and how to react to sexual harassment and abuse in sport. Experiences from Norway
Håvard Ovregård, adviser responsible for work against sexual harassment and abuse, Norwegian Olympic, Paralympic, and Confederation of Sports.

16:35 – 16:50             
#meeto and the sport movement (in Icelandic)
Ragnhildur Skúladóttir, Director of Development and Education at the National Olympic and Sports Association of Iceland  

16:50 – 17:00             
Summary and Conference Closing (In Icelandic) by Heiða Björg Hilmisdóttir, a member of the city council.

January 31st - Workshops - Sports Centre in Laugardalur

10:00 – 12:00: Workshop 1 – The responsibility of the sporting community

For whom:
People who work in sports (coaches and staff, employees of clubs, masseuses/physios), board members in clubs, sporting federations, sporting districts.

What will be discussed:
Safeguarding, prevention and training. How to react. Learn to know signs and symptoms. How to follow through

10:00 – 12:00: Workshop 2 – Working together to a safer environment

For whom: The police, child protective services, the ombudsman of children, municipalities.

What will be discussed: Reactions and ways to solve. Definitions. Division of labor. Plans. Safeguarding.  

10:00 – 12:00: Workshop 3 – More knowledge, more prevention

For whom: Academics and researchers
What will be discussed: What research and information exists already. What is being researched now. Plans of research. Cooperation abroad. Researchers.


Conference, 2.900 ISK*

Workshop, FREE

*Lunch is not included in the entry fees

Ticket available at

Conferences from previous years

In cooperation with The National Olympic and Sports Association of Iceland and Reykjavik University coaches, participants and other interested are invited to follow some very interesting lectures.

The lectures are a part of RIG 2019 and will take place at Reykjavik University, Menntavegi 1, 101 Reykjavik.

Previous conferences  

Here below you watch a few lectures from previous years:

Dope control and supplements :

Ronald J. Maughan

Michael Rasmussen

Hajo Seppelt

Good management :

Jane Allen

Michael Pedersen

Duffy Mahoney


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