Date

October 12-14, 2021

Location

Vancouver Convention Centre, Vancouver, BC Canada

Registration Open

March 18, 2020

Movement Innovators

October 12-14, 2021

ABOUT EVENT / Innovation and Inspiration

Vancouver will proudly host the 8th International Society for Physical Activity and Health (ISPAH) Congress, October 12 to 14, 2021.

The ISPAH Congress represents the world’s largest forum related to physical activity and public health. ISPAH is recognized as the leading global society focusing on promoting physical activity across the lifespan.

Based out of the spectacular Vancouver Convention Centre, the 8th ISPAH Congress will bring together thought-leaders, policy makers, community leaders, Indigenous elders, and researchers from over 30 countries for conversation, debate, and innovation based on the theme of “The Wholistic Approach to Health and Wellness through Physical Activity: Body, Spirit, and Mind.” A key objective of the conference will be to advance our knowledge of the benefits of physical activity for optimal health and well-being across the lifespan. There will also be a special focus on improving our understanding of health disparities globally and wholistic wellness within Indigenous communities.

This year owing to the global COVID-19 outbreak we have delayed the Congress to 2021 to help ensure the safety and well being of our delegates and also allow for the attendance of delegates from around the world.

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Donation / Indigenous Trainees

We are proud to support Indigenous trainees throughout the world. As a legacy to this Congress, we will establish a series of training scholarships for Indigenous trainees within higher education and community-based settings. Your generous donations would be appreciated greatly. For further information please feel free to contact our team at: info@ispah2020.com

Conference and Event Schedule / Outline

Day 1 Ballroom A – Pre-conference Networking Event

The Pre-Conference Networking Event is designed for delegates to interact and meet with each other prior to the formal commencement of the Congress. Further details will be provided closer to the Congress.

Day 1 Lobby – Registration

The Congress Registration will commence at 8 am until 5 pm (PST) at the Vancouver Convention Centre East.

Day 2 Ballroom A – Symposia 1

We are excited to have a series of symposia planned for throughout the Congress. On Thursday October 29, we have 9 symposia and 1 council session planned. Details to follow

Day 2 Ballroom A – Symposia 2

We are excited to have a series of symposia planned for throughout the Congress. On Thursday October 29, we have 9 symposia and 1 council session planned. Details to follow

Day 2 Ballroom A – Oral Presentations

We are excited to have a series of oral presentations planned for throughout the Congress. On Thursday October 29, we have 8 oral sessions and 2 council sessions planned. Details

Day 2 Ballrooms A, B, C – Opening Ceremony

We look forward to welcoming our delegates to the 8th ISPAH Congress in beautiful Vancouver, BC. The opening ceremony will take place in Ballrooms A, B, and C.

Day 2 Ballroom B – Symposia 1

We are excited to have a series of symposia planned for throughout the Congress. On Thursday October 29, we have 9 symposia and 1 council session planned. Details to follow

Day 2 Ballroom B – Symposia 2

We are excited to have a series of symposia planned for throughout the Congress. On Thursday October 29, we have 9 symposia and 1 council session planned. Details to follow

Day 2 Ballrooms A, B, C – Opening Ceremony

We look forward to welcoming our delegates to the 8th ISPAH Congress in beautiful Vancouver, BC. The opening ceremony will take place in Ballrooms A, B, and C.

Day 2 Ballroom C – Symposia 1

We are excited to have a series of symposia planned for throughout the Congress. On Thursday October 29, we have 9 symposia and 1 council session planned. Details to follow

Day 2 Ballroom C – Symposia 2

We are excited to have a series of symposia planned for throughout the Congress. On Thursday October 29, we have 9 symposia and 1 council session planned. Details to follow

Day 2 Ballroom C – Oral Presentations

We are excited to have a series of oral presentations planned for throughout the Congress. On Thursday October 29, we have 8 oral sessions and 2 council sessions planned. Details

Day 2 Lobby – Registration

The Congress Registration will commence at 9 am until 5 pm (PST) at the Vancouver Convention Centre East.

Day 2 – Breakout Sessions 1

A series of symposia (breakout sessions) will be held in Rooms 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, and 13. In addition a council session will be held in Room 14.

Day 2 – Breakout Sessions 2

A series of symposia (breakout sessions) will be held in Rooms 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, and 13. In addition a council session will be held in Room 14.

Day 2 – Breakout Sessions 3

A series of symposia (breakout sessions) will be held in Rooms 7, 10, 11, 12, and 13. In addition council sessions will be held in Rooms 9 and 14.

Exhibit Hall

Various exhibitors are scheduled to participate in our Congress. The exhibit hall will be available throughout the day (9 am - 5 pm PST).

Day 2 – Lunch

Bagged lunch will be available in the Exhibition Hall.

Exhibit Hall – Poster Sessions

Poster sessions will be held throughout the Congress in the main Exhibition Hall. Further details will be provided closer to the start of the Congress.

Day 3 Ballroom A – Symposia 1

We are excited to have a series of symposia planned for throughout the Congress. On Friday October 30, we have 9 symposia and 1 council session planned at this

Day 3 Ballroom A – Symposia 2

We are excited to have a series of symposia planned for throughout the Congress. On Friday October 30, we have 9 symposia and 1 council session planned at this

Day 3 Ballroom B – Symposia 1

We are excited to have a series of symposia planned for throughout the Congress. On Friday October 30, we have 9 symposia and 1 council session planned at this

Day 3 Ballroom B – Symposia 2

We are excited to have a series of symposia planned for throughout the Congress. On Friday October 30, we have 9 symposia and 1 council session planned at this

Day 3 Ballroom C – Symposia 1

We are excited to have a series of symposia planned for throughout the Congress. On Friday October 30, we have 9 symposia and 1 council session planned at this

Day 3 Ballroom C – Symposia 2

We are excited to have a series of symposia planned for throughout the Congress. On Friday October 30, we have 9 symposia and 1 council session planned at this

Day 3 – ISPAH AGM

The Annual General Meeting for ISPAH will be held in rooms 11/12 of the Vancouver Convention Centre (East Building).

Day 3 – Breakout Session 1

A series of symposia (breakout sessions) will be held in Rooms 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, and 13. In addition a council session will be held in Room 14.

Day 3 – Breakout Session 2

A series of symposia (breakout sessions) will be held in Rooms 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, and 13. In addition a council session will be held in Room 14.

Exhibit Hall

Various exhibitors are scheduled to participate in our Congress. The exhibit hall will be available throughout the day (9 am - 5 pm PST).

Day 3 – Lunch

Bagged lunch will be available in the Exhibition Hall.

Exhibit Hall – Poster Sessions

Poster sessions will be held throughout the Congress in the main Exhibition Hall. Further details will be provided closer to the start of the Congress.

Day 3 Lobby – Registration

The Congress Registration will commence at 8 am until 5 pm (PST) at the Vancouver Convention Centre East.

Day 4 Ballroom A – Symposia 1

We are excited to have a series of symposia planned for throughout the Congress. We have 9 symposia and 1 council session planned at this time. Details to follow.

Day 4 Ballroom B – Symposia

We are excited to have a series of symposia planned for throughout the Congress. We have 9 symposia and 1 council session planned at this time. Details to follow.

Day 4 Ballroom C – Symposia

We are excited to have a series of symposia planned for throughout the Congress. We have 9 symposia and 1 council session planned at this time. Details to follow.

Day 4 – Breakout Session

A series of symposia (breakout sessions) will be held in Rooms 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, and 13. In addition a council session will be held in Room 14.

Exhibit Hall

Various exhibitors are scheduled to participate in our Congress. The exhibit hall will be available throughout the day (9 am - 5 pm PST).

Day 4 – Lunch

Bagged lunch will be available in the Exhibition Hall.

Exhibit Hall – Poster Sessions

Poster sessions will be held throughout the Congress in the main Exhibition Hall. Further details will be provided closer to the start of the Congress.

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KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

We are honoured to announce that Dr. Camilo Mora will give a keynote presentation at our Congress.

We are honoured to announce that Waneek Horn-Miller will give a keynote presentation at our Congress.

We are honoured to announce that Dr. Olga Sarmiento will give a keynote presentation at our Congress.

We are honoured to announce that Dr. Emmanuel Stamataki will give a keynote presentation at our Congress.

We are honoured to announce that Dr. Ryan Rhodes will give a keynote presentation at our Congress.
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Registration Now Open

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We look forward to welcoming you to Vancouver in the Fall of 2021! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our team at: info@ispah2020.com

Event FAQS / find your answers

Our organizing committee is dedicated to reducing the environmental impact of this congress. Therefore, we will make use of "Green" technologies during the congress. This will include not using conference bags and going as paperless as feasible.

Vancouver

Equidistant from Europe and Asia, bordering the United States, Vancouver is home to the award-winning Vancouver International Airport (YVR), the second largest airport on North America’s west coast. Travelling downtown to the Vancouver Convention Centre is as easy as taking a taxi, limo or the Canada Line rapid transit system, and takes less than 30 minutes. Please refer to the detailed "Travel Planning" instructions on our website how to get to the Vancouver Convention Centre and downtown Vancouver. https://ispah2020.com/travel-planning/ https://www.tourismvancouver.com/plan-your-trip/getting-here/
There are plenty of things to do in Vancouver. We are honoured to work with Tourism Vancouver, the Vancouver Convention Centre, and various local businesses to create a diverse menu of events for our delegates. Over the next year, this page will be updated with the various opportunities available. There are a variety of activities that you can do during your stay in Vancouver. Tourism Vancouver provides a comprehensive list of activities that you can do while in Vancouver such as family-friendly excursions, thrill-seeking exploits, outdoor adventures, marine explorations, and mountaintop luxury getaways. Importantly, there are a variety of activities within short walking distance of the Vancouver Convention Centre. Many of these activities are free or low cost. Our team has compiled a brief list of some of their personal favourite attractions, activities, or adventures within close proximity of the Vancouver Convention Centre:
  • A Stroll through Stanley Park
  • Talking Trees - Indigenous Walking Tour through Stanley Park
  • Visit the marine life at Vancouver Aquarium
  • Capilano Suspension Bridge
  • FlyOver Canada Simulated Flight
  • Vancouver to Victoria Seaplane
  • The SeaBus to North Vancouver
  • A Walk through Granville Island and Market
  • Vancouver Hop On, Hop Off City Tour or Stanley Park Experience
  • Whale Watching Tours
  • Stanley Park Horse-Drawn Tours
  • Skiing and Snowboarding on Local Mountains
Vancouver offers more than 13,000 hotel guest rooms in the heart of downtown Vancouver, many within walking distance of the Vancouver Convention Centre, sightseeing, top restaurants, sports venues, and nightlife. We have worked together with Tourism Vancouver and the Vancouver Convention Centre to find a wide range of accommodation options for our delegates and their families and friends. This includes a series of recommended hotels within close proximity to the Vancouver Convention Centre. We have also outlined alternative housing options (such as Airbnb).
Our thoughts go out to the people who have been affected by the novel coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak. We appreciate greatly the healthcare professionals, communities, and governments from around the world who are working to contain this novel coronavirus. The conference organizers and ISPAH have been carefully reviewing the conditions daily related to the spread of COVID-19 and the implications for our upcoming Congress. We have met recently with public health agencies and authorities and the Vancouver Convention Centre. We have also received considerable feedback from potential international delegates and speakers. Based on this feedback, the local organizing committee and the ISPAH board of directors have made the difficult decision to postpone the 8th ISPAH Congress until October 12-14, 2021 in Vancouver, BC. We apologize for the inconvenience that this may cause in your plans for attending the Congress. It is our hope to continue building upon our symposia and program outline. This includes providing additional opportunities for abstract submissions and revised deadlines leading up to the 2021 Congress (see www.ispah2020.com).

ABOUT VANCOUVER

Vancouver is a spectacular place to visit. Vancouver is surrounded on three sides by water and located alongside the Coast Mountain Range. It is home to spectacular and breath-taking scenery and a vibrant metropolitan centre. It is the largest city in British Columbia.

Consider just a few reasons why you should plan a trip to Vancouver:

  • Olympic City
  • Spectacular & Safe Setting
  • Exciting Activities
  • Gateway to Adventure
  • Welcoming & Accessible
  • Superior Service & Value
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Keynote Speaker

It is a great honour to announce our first @ispah2020 keynote speaker, Dr. Camilo Mora. #ispah2020 @ispah2020 @uhmanoa

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