The ethics of technology in sports

  • 23 November 2023
    4:30 PM
  • Mendel Museum´s Augustinian Abbey Refectory at Mendel Square
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Sigmund Loland is a Professor of sports ethics and philosophy and at the Department of Sport and Social Sciences, Norwegian School of Sport Sciences (NIH). Dr. Loland has published extensively on issues such as fairness and justice in sports, doping, human enhancement, and the epistemology of movement. He has been a visiting scholar at several foreign institutions, including Stanford University in 1993 and the University of Southern California from 2014 to 2016.

Dr. Loland has held several executive positions and is, among others, a former Rector at NIH (2005-13), former Board member and President of the International Association for the Philosophy of Sport (IAPS) (2000-03), and of the European College of Sport Science (ECSS) (2006-13). He is a member of WADA’s Ethics Expert Advisory Group (2004-) and the Grant Selection Committee at the IOC Olympic Studies Centre (2013-). Dr. Loland is an International Fellow at the American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education (2004-). In 2017, he held an ‘Olympic Chair’ (Guest Professorate) at the Universities of Leuven and Ghent, Belgium. In 2022, dr. Loland was awarded an honorary doctoral degree (Doctor philosophiae honoris causa) from the University of Bern, Switzerland.

During his lecture, prof. Loland will discuss the ethical possibilities and challenges of various kinds of technologies in sports, from sports equipment such as shoes, skis, and bikes via digital technologies and AI to biomedical technologies such as drugs and genetic technologies.

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