A landmark was created in history when the Qatar Museum of Olympic Sports in cooperation with the Qatar Women's Sport Committee and the Qatar Olympic Committee organized the first Conference to be held in Qatar on 'The History of Women and Sport' at the Museum of Islamic Art in January 2012. It was opened by HH Sheikha Jawahir bint Hamad bin Suhaim Al Thani, the wife of HH the Heir Apparent.

Bieke Gils, a graduate student at the University of British Columbia, Canada, is the 2011 winner of the ISHPES Young Scholar Award.

Dr. Wray Vamplew is the winner of the 2011 ISHPES Award. Wray Vamplew’s career has been a succession of firsts on a truly international stage. In 1984 he became the first editor of Sporting Traditions, the journal of the Australian Society for Sports History (ASSH) in which he played a leading role from 1978.

ISHPES is currently accepting applications for the 2012 Junior Scholar Award.

The ISHPES GIGLIOLA GORI JUNIOR SCHOLAR AWARD will be presented at the 2012 ISHPES Congress to be held in Rio de Janiero, Brazil from July 9-13, 2012.

Graduate students presenting papers at the 2011 ISHPES Congress are eligible to apply for a travel grant from GERD VON DER LIPPE YOUNG SCHOLAR FUND.  The money will be divided among the applicants to help defray the costs of travel and accommodation at the conference. Exact amounts of the financial support will vary.