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The world’s flagship physical activity and public health congress is heading to London for the first time.

The 7th International Society for Physical Activity and Health Congress (ISPAH) is being held at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre in the heart of Westminster from 15-17 October 2018.

Co-hosted by Public Health England and Sport England – the two agencies leading the physical activity and health agenda in England – the biennial forum has three main themes:

·       Addressing inequalities within and through physical activity

·       Evidence into policy and practice to achieve population change

·       Physical activity and the wider determinants of health.

ISPAH 2018 will bridge the gap between research, policy and practice, bringing a wealth of learning into one place.

Whether you’re a policy-maker, an academic or a practitioner, the congress will look at key areas around physical activity with insight that you can put into practice – from behaviour change and cross-sector working, to economics and technology.

You can get involved by booking your place at the congress, submitting a summary of research you’ve carried out, chairing a discussion group on a particular topic, or taking part in satellite events across the UK.

To register, submit your work or just find out more visit the 2018 Congress website.

Key dates

31 January 2018
Symposium and satellite meeting
application closes

16 February 2018
Abstract submission closes

30 April 2018
Notification of abstract submission

20 May 2018
Deadline for presenters to book and final date for early bird bookings

15 September 2018
Booking closes, subject to availability


ISPAH Congress 2018 secures WHO co-sponsorship

We are delighted to announce that the World Health Organization will be the official congress co-sponsor. The recently launched WHO Global Action Plan on Physical Activity 2018-2030, More active people for a healthier world, calls on all countries to scale up the promotion of physical activity and provides updated guidance on effective and feasible policy actions to increase physical activity around a framework of four objectives: Active Societies; Active Environments: Active People and Active. The recommended ‘whole of system’ approach to increasing levels of physical activity across all ages, and in particular the least active, as well as the need to share knowledge and best practice is at the heart of the ISPAH 2018 congress. Public Health England and Sport England are delighted to collaborate with WHO as a valued official co-sponsor.

Co-host and partner organisations

The congress is co-hosted by Public Health England and Sport England, the two agencies leading the physical activity and health agenda in England.

Partner organisation: HEPA Europe, the European Network for the promotion of Health-Enhancing Physical Activity.