Global Innovation, Adaptation and Accessibility in a changing world

The University of Otago, New Zealand in partnership with Mooven, France were awarded to organize ISAPA 2023.

In 2008 a bid was presented to the IFAPA board for New Zealand to host the 2011 International Symposium for Adapted Physical Activity in Christchurch in a partnership between the Halberg Trust (now Foundation) and the University of Canterbury. However, 5 months out from the symposium being held, Christchurch was hit by an earthquake which led the organizing committee to cancel the symposium. The University Paris Nanterre relocated the symposium in Paris as co-organizer with the New Zealand team.

Nine years after this event, the bid from New Zealand and Mooven, France were awarded to co-organize ISAPA 2023 in close relationship with the International Federation of Adapted Physical Activity (IFAPA) in an innovative way. The University of Otago will host the ISAPA 2023 and Mooven will ensure the quality dissemination of its contents worldwide thanks to the use of new technology and the possibility for translation in 32 spoken languages, international sign language and audio description.

Our strengths are our strong collaboration & innovation

ISAPA 2023 will be a melting pot of latest research, practitioners’ best practices and community collaboration worldwide. It will have a key focus on innovative ways to connect and bring people from throughout our communities, our countries, and our world together. The symposium will explore new forms of technology within the world of APA whilst also looking for balance in how we engage and stay active with each other using more traditional means.

Keynote lectures, mini-symposia, communications, poster sessions, workshops will be punctuated by inclusive social and cultural events.

The symposium will be disseminated worldwide, and parallel congresses or events will take place in other countries, with the possibility to interact and share experiences, research findings in APA, as well as the diversity of cultural expression.

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