Summer 2020

A tearful farewell


By John Gleaves & Ask Vest Christiansen

Here is your tearful farewell editorial. Well, it is with some melancholy that we now state that this will be our last editorial for the INDR as mangers of the Network. We, John and Ask, have co-worked on this since we took over from Verner Møller in 2012. Back then, Verner passed the network on saying: “It is about time to hand over the management of the network to younger colleagues with new ideas and who are more familiar with the new media and their potential and a vision to modernize the network so that it does not stagnate in inertia.” Some may have felt that Prof Møller was being slightly grumpy when he, in the same editorial, quoted Marshall McLuhan’s renowned statement “The media is the message” as a prophetic account on how academics (like elite athletes) with new technologies were constantly being monitored to check the quantity of their research output so that “public money is not wasted”. If it also sounded like he was preparing the ground for us to spend hours and hours on Twitter with statements and comments on big and small related to INDR, it was a prediction that was never realized. None of us are good at that, so regarding the network’s appearance on social media, not much has changed since 2012.

Read the rest of the editorial here.

The new leadership

Many of you will already be familiar with the new INDR Co-Directors, either through their scholarship or as members of INDR. Jörg, April, and Paul look forward to picking up from John and Ask and thank them for their years of leading the Network.

Read their bios here.

Junior coordinators

We are happy to announce that we have created two new junior coordinator positions for INDR. Katharina Gatterer and Emmanuel Macedo will be responsible for the new journal watch in our newsletters and will assist in planning the early career workshop that will run in tandem with the 2021 INDR conference.

Read their bios here.

Changes to the INDR newsletter

We will publish the newsletter three times per year. The newsletter will include some new features beginning in next issue. In addition to the editorial from us, we will feature two of our network researchers, including one focused on members who are early career researchers. If you would like to be featured in our newsletter or would like to nominate an early career member to be included, please get in touch with us.

We will also introduce a new section for recent network publications of interest. We invite all of our network members to send us information and links to new books, articles, and contributed chapters as they become available so we can include them in our newsletters.

We also ask all INDR members to update their profiles on the INDR Members website. If you wish to add new content and/or an updated profile picture, please send your information to Martin Hawkins (

New INDR feature: Perspectives on Doping and Anti-doping

This is a new venture led by the new leadership team. Our aim is to collect accounts from athletes and other relevant stakeholders of various anti-doping experiences they have had, both good and bad. The INDR has always taken a balanced approach to the debates within this subject area and welcomed participants from a wide range of organisations. As academics, we have the opportunity to present a range of perspectives and therefore to allow and give a platform for debate about the foundations of anti-doping, the implementation of education, testing and sanctions, and potential future directions. 

Read more here.

Save the date: 2021 INDR conference and early career researcher workshop

We are happy to announce the dates for the 2021 INDR Conference. The conference will take place on 19 and 20 August 2021. As in previous years, the conference will be hosted by the Department of Public Health at Aarhus University.

In our autumn newsletter, we will announce the conference theme and present the line-up of our keynote speakers. However, we would like to draw your attention to an Early Career Researcher workshop that we intend to hold the day before the conference. At the workshop, we’re hoping to give young researchers the chance to exchange ideas and team up with more experienced scholars. More detailed information on this workshop will follow.