Published on 14/06/2021
EURO 2020
  • EURO 2020: The Business and Science of Football will see academics from across the University’s three colleges speaking on a variety of topics
  • The series will run alongside this year’s European Championships which is being held across 11 host cities throughout the continent
  • Journalist Steve Dyson will explore various topics including economic recoveries, the sustainability of huge sporting events and the psychology of penalties

Aston University is celebrating EURO 2020 with a  new podcast series in which academics from the College of Business and Social Sciences (BSS)College of Health and Life Sciences (HLS) and College of Engineering and Physical Sciences (EPS) are taking part discussing topics related to the Euros and their areas of research expertise

The tournament, originally scheduled from 12 June to 12 July 2020, was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and is now taking place between  11 June to 11 July 2021.

Journalist Steve Dyson, who is hosting the series, has been finding out all there is to know about economic recoveries, the sustainability of large sporting events and the psychology of penalties.

Steve said:

“This is a really exciting project to have running alongside such a historic sporting event. Eyes from all over Europe – and the world – will be watching not only one of football’s major international tournaments but the first mass sporting spectacle since the pandemic struck.

“This series is great listening for fans of football, business and science.”

Episodes will be released over the course of the tournament and include the following topics:

  1. How EURO 2020 can boost economic recovery
  2. The sustainability of huge sports events
  3. Winning and losing: the fear of failure
  4. Cliff-edge decisions: the psychology of penalties
  5. Making a champion: nature or nurture?
  6. Coping with success.

Dr Johan Rewilak, a lecturer in economics, finance and entrepreneurship at Aston University, who appears on episode one said:

“It is great to use my research experience to provide a different perspective to a general audience with a project like this. Sporting mega events like Euro 2020 are always topical and it's been really interesting to discover the impact they have on the economy.”

You can find out more about EURO 2020: The Business and Science of Football here.


Notes to Editors

About Aston University

Founded in 1895 and a University since 1966, Aston is a long established university led by its three main beneficiaries – students, business and the professions, and our region and society. Aston University is located in Birmingham and at the heart of a vibrant city and the campus houses all the university’s academic, social and accommodation facilities for our students. Professor Alec Cameron is the Vice-Chancellor & Chief Executive.

Aston University was named University of the Year 2020 by The Guardian and the University’s full time MBA programme has been ranked in the top 100 in the world in the Economist MBA 2021 ranking. The Aston MBA has been ranked 12th in the UK and 85th in the world. The University also has TEF Gold status in the Teaching Excellence Framework. 

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