The next edition of AISTS SEMOS Plus will take place in October / November 2017 and registration is now open. The AISTS SEMOS Plus edition listed below will give potential participants a good idea of the programme, speakers and other relevant information but the information may change for the 2017 edition.

Pick and choose from eight different sessions ranging from one to three hours on topics such as anti-doping, press and broadcast, protocol, ticketing and spectator experience – all in relation to their role in sport events.

AISTS SEMOS Plus gives you the opportunity to stay abreast of the latest developments and best practices - learning from industry leaders from Baku2015, Commonwealth Games, Pan Am Games and Athletissima.


AISTS SEMOS Plus participants are professional, part-time or volunteer managers and organisers of international sports events, as well as staff from International Sports Organisations.

As an AISTS SEMOS Plus participant, you will join an international class of 40 participants currently studying the AISTS Master of Advanced Studies in Sport Administration and Technology. 

Class Size: Approximately 40-50 individuals.


EPFL Campus


Registration deadline: Monday 24 October, 2016

Fees vary between modules, please see below for full information.


The schedule for the AISTS SEMOS Plus has yet to be confirmed.  It will be available shortly. 

Previous topics and sessions have included:

  • Press and Broadcast

Explore the key activities performed by a media centre as well as recommended services provided to different client groups and the key relationships to maintain.

Speaker: tbc
Fee: 150 CHF 

  • Protocol

Get a greater appreciation of this critical aspect but often overlooked area of sport events. This session will take you through identifying the relevant client groups and its characteristics, as well as an understanding of how it impacts on the related planning, development and operations.

Speaker: tbc

Fee: 120 CHF

  • Medical Services

Ensure the health and safety of your athletes, spectators and workers before, during, and after a competition by understanding the medical requirements and the necessary partnerships with key stakeholders.

Speaker: tbc 
Fee: 100 CHF  

  • Anti-Doping 

Gain an overview of the anti-doping requirements; from test distribution planning to athletes notification, to sample and documentation transportation, to ensure efficiency as well as equal treatment to all athletes. 

Speaker: tbc 
Fee: 90 CHF 

  • Spectator Experience

Gain a solid understanding of the key planning approaches, tactics, and tools available which can support effective planning to create a spectator experience, as well as enhance the spectator’s experience itself.

Speaker: tbc
Fee: 120 CHF

  • People Management

Get the most out of your event volunteers and staff through understanding how to organise, motivate and create long-lasting relationships.

Speaker: tbc
Fee: 150 CHF 

  • Knowledge Management 

Ensure the sustainability and continual improvement of the quality of your event through integrating knowledge management into your strategy.

Speaker: tbc
Fee: 120 CHF

  • Risk Management

Ensure all aspects of risk management have been proactively integrated in the planning and delivery of your event, from risk identification and assessment, to claims adminstration. 

Speaker: tbc
Fee: 120CHF 

2016 Speakers Are Listed Below


Richard Budgett

Dr Richard Budgett has been Medical and Scientific Director of the IOC since November 2012. Before that he was Chief Medical Officer for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games from 2007 to 2012. He was Director of Medical Services for the British Olympic Association from 1994 to 2007 and has been Chief Medical Officer with Team GB at six summer and winter Olympic Games. He won Olympic Gold in rowing in Los Angeles in 1984.

Betony Garner

Betony is a freelance PR and Press Consultant who after recently returning from Rio 2016 a press attaché for Team GB, is now focusing on her work as media officer for the British Ski and Snowboard teams. Betony has excellent major events experience after previously working as the Venue Media Manager for Road Events at London 2012, as part of the Press Operations team for Rugby 7s at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and with Alpine Skiing at Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics. Betony prides herself in being at the cutting edge of PR & social media, whilst at the same time being able to deliver world-class press operations at both local level and international sports events.

Darren Hughes

Darren Hughes is an expert in people management for major events, having led or supported the delivery of the workforce for more than 15 major multi-sport events. Darren has also worked as a key advisor to five Olympic bids. Further, Darren has previously managed the advisor support and knowledge transfer process for the IOC and Commonwealth Games Federation for a number of Games. Darren currently works with the Baku 2015 European Games, the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games, the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and as a People Management Advisor for the IOC.

Christopher Payne

Chris Payne started out in the military before moving into sports, helping to found the British Mountain Bike Federation, and from there moved to the International Cycling Union. He was the Technical Delegate at the inaugural Olympic Mountain Bike event in Atlanta, 1996. He went on to work for two sports related start-ups in first Internet bubble, and then spent 9 years with the London Olympic project in a variety of roles until late 2012, finishing as Head of Technology Operational Readiness. He started with the IOC in August 2013 as Head of Olympic Games Knowledge Management.

Aurelia Ruetsch

Aurelia has over ten years of experience in major sporting events and specializes in Protocol Operations. She found her calling for Protocol at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games, pairing her planning and operational skills with high quality service delivery to the Olympic Family. Aurelia enjoys Protocol because of its importance in the Games context, the complexity of the Games Family client group and the dynamic nature of Protocol Operations at Games-time. Since January 2014, Aurelia is Head of Protocol Operations for the Baku 2015 European Games where she plans to deliver outstanding Protocol Operations for the first European Games with her team built to succeed.

Patrick Vajda

Patrick Vajda joined Marsh, the world’s leading insurance broker, in 2000, he is graduated in law and political science. He has now more than 25 years spent in insurance and risk management for sport events. He is the former European Manager for Sports and Events, and worldwide Events Practice Leader for the Marsh network. Mr. Vajda now works for Marsh as a consultant. He is also a former member of the Refereeing Commission of the International Fencing Federation (FIE). He was a Technical Delegate for the FIE during the Olympic Games in Seoul in 1988. With his experience of 16 Summer and Winter Olympic Games, 12 of which providing insurance and risk management, Patrick Vajda is the only insurance professional to have worked with 12 Organising Committees and to have such a wide operational experience of the Olympic Games. He was also risk manager for the World Football Cup in 1998 in France, and Paris Saint-Denis 2003 Athletic World Championship.

Adamo Vionnet

Having joined the Athletissima organizing committee in 1994, Adamo took over the technical direction in 1999 and joined the Steering Committee of this sporting event established in Lausanne since 1977. He has contributed tremendously to the evolution of the event, his active involvement in the entry of Athletissima in the prestigious Diamond League (IAAF Diamond League) founded in 2010. Former national athlete practicing various sports, former member of the Commission for selection of Swiss-Athletics, member of the Committee of European Championships in Athletics 2014 in Zürich and working in the field of IT, Adamo is appreciated for his professional skills, sensitivity of the sporting event and requirements of competitive sport.

Dr Mario Zorzoli

A graduate of the Geneva School of Medicine at the University of Geneva in 1991, specialised in Internal Medicine in 1999, he actually has his own practice in a medical center in Geneva. Mario Zorzoli was the doctor and health manager of the UCI (International Cycling Union) from 2001 to 2015. Previously working as an intern and supervisor in several Swiss hospitals and in the Lausanne University Out-Patient Clinic, Dr Zorzoli joined the UCI in 1999, as part of a mandate between the UCI and the Lausanne Institute of Forensic Medicine. Dr Zorzoli served as Chairman of the ASOIF Medical Consultative Group from 2005 to 2015, was a member of the Executive Committee of the International Federation of Sports Medicine, and is a member of the WADA (World-Anti Doping Agency) Working Group on Blood Parameters. He's also member of the Anti-Doping Committee of the International Paralympic Committee and serves as Athlete's Biological Passport independent expert for several anti-doping organisations. A basketball player and former member of the Swiss National Team, he won two Swiss Championships titles (Junior and Elite) and two Swiss Cups.

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