Dear Colleagues and Friends,
On behalf of the Organizing Committee of Trentino 2013, we warmly invite you to join us at the Winter Universiade Conference 2013, organised by FISU and the University of Trento and hosted in Rovereto (Trentino, Italy) on December 9-10 in the context of the 26th Winter Universiade Trentino 2013.
We’d be delighted to welcome you in Trentino, at the heart of the Italian Alps in the north-east of Italy, a land where the Mediterranean and the Central-European cultures always met. A territory where nature, tradition and innovation join in a perfect mix: it is home of the gorgeous Dolomites (since 2009 included in the Unesco Natural Heritage), but also of a very large active scientific community, strategically supported by the consistent investments in research & innovation of the local government. So it is not by chance that in the last seven years, the University of Trento has always been in the top 5 positions in the ranking of Italian universities and is climbing the international rankings.
Following the logic of integrating academic analysis with technological/entrepreneurial applications, for the 2013 winter conference, we decided to focus on University Sport: Inspiring Innovation. The general concept is that university sport is an ideal common ground where virtually any scientific discipline can find challenging research problems and at the same time identify opportunities for generating economic and social value through innovation. We designed the program of the conference, which will be co-located with the biennial conference on Mountain, Health and Sport (MSH-2013), to provide a world-class forum where researchers, practitioners, policy makers and entrepreneurs could meet and investigate from a multiplicity of angles how university sport can be a more and more powerful source of inspiration of technological and socio-economic innovation in our globalized world.
We hope you’ll be able to join us at the 2013 Winter Universiade Conference. We are confident that you will have a great time at the conference and enjoy your stay in Trentino.

Sincerely – and sportively,

Sergio Anesi
President of the Organising Commitee of the 26th Winter Universiade Trentino 2013

Paolo Bouquet
Vice-President of the Organising Commitee of the 26th Winter Universiade Trentino 2013
Pro-rector for Sport Development at the University of Trento



Dear Friends,
It is our great pleasure to welcome you to the 2013 Winter Universiade Conference. The theme chosen by the University of Trento is “University Sport: Inspiring Innovation”, which is very symbolic for an international interdisciplinary conference organised in the context of a sports event gathering studentathletes.
As the young participants will be the leaders of tomorrow, it is our belief that, thanks to an advanced educational system and a high-tech environment, student-athletes will be able to combine the critical thinking of humanities and the practical aspects of social sciences. The three approaches submitted to participants, “research, education and careers”, clearly explain to our students the path to be followed to become leaders.
We are confident that, thanks to the determination and hard work of the Organising Committee, this Conference will succeed in attaining all its objectives. We urge all participants to make full use of the knowledge and experiences they will gain from this gathering, for the benefits of their respective universities and countries.

Yours faithfully,

Claude-Louis Gallien
FISU President

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