Call for Nominations - EUFAPA Awards Print E-mail

In order to honor outstanding achievements in the field of APA in Europe the European Federation of Adapted Physical Activity (EUFAPA) calls for nominations for EUFAPA awards! These will be announced during the next European Congress (EUCAPA) to be held 3-5 July 2018 in Worcester, UK.

EUFAPA Awards are conferred in 3 categories:

  1. EUFAPA-European Professional Award for outstanding achievements

The contribution to the field of APA can be achieved by acquisitions in research or professional activities or in sport competition. The candidate will be selected by the EUFAPA award committee following to nominations / applications from European countries. The call for nominations will be published at the EUFAPA website. The nomination letter for this award should include a one page (300-word) biographical sketch of the individual, highlighting major accomplishments. Please submit nominations by June 1st, 2018 to EUFAPA past-president Martin Kudláček ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )

  1. EUFAPA-Award for outstanding achievements on national level (of the hosting country)

The contribution to the field of APA can be achieved by acquisitions in research or professional activities or in sport competition – this year from the United Kingdom! The candidate will be selected by the national (award/organizing) committee. Please submit nominations by June 1st, 2018 to EUCAPA 2018 secretary Ken Black ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ).

  1. EUFAPA-young investigator award

This award will award the best orally presented paper at EUCAPA 2018.

The criteria for submission are the following:

    • Submission of an abstract for an oral presentation in the congress as first author (ev. + promoters' name)
    • Participation and presentation in the congress.
    • Age limit: under 40ys.
    • The paper should not have been published before (original).
    • The presenter might present his/her master or doctoral thesis or his/her work after PhD (not longer than 3 years).

Extended criteria for selection:

    • 25% on the quality of the abstract
    • 50 % on the quality of the presentation (content related: aim(s), method(s), results, discussion, conclusions; framework related: length, structure, visualization, language, etc.)
    • 25% on reaction to questions from committee or audience

The candidates will be selected among their applications for the award which should be done together with the submission of the abstract for the congress presentation by the EUFAPA award committee. The award includes an awarding document, a EUFAPA honoring plaque and the waiving of the fee for the next EUCAPA.

Martin KUDLÁČEK (EUFAPA past-president)

 
Call for Nominations for elections of EUFAPA Board Members in 2018 Print E-mail

February 2018

This year the EUFAPA Board of directors will complete their four-year term. At that time, the current President-Elect, Aija Klavina will become EUFAPA President and current president Pedro Ferreira will become EUFAPA past-president. An election will be held in July 2018 during EUCAPA in Worcester (UK) for the positions of:

  • President Elect
  • Vice-President
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer

We invite EUFAPA members' input on identifying competent and motivated nominees for next EUFAPA board as soon as possible but before May 1st, 2018! The guidelines and procedures for making nominations can be found below (Nomination Process). Prior to submission your candidates, please read Articles 9-12 in the EUFAPA Bylaws, which can be found at www.eufapa.eu

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PHD position announced at GIH Print E-mail

The Swedish School of Sport and Health Sciences, GIH, announces a position as PhD student in the field of sports science with the topics outlined below.
GIH is the only university in Sweden with the topic of sports, physical activity and health as a research field. GIH has a tradition of prominent multidisciplinary research with excellence in a wide spectrum of research questions. GIH:s education and research activity is divided into the three directions of physical activity and health, culture and learning, and performance and training.

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European Congress of Adapted Physical Activity 2018 Print E-mail

Call for abstracts
The Institute of Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Worcester invites conference abstract submissions for the 14th European Congress of Adapted Physical Activity.
The conference is organised in three themes:

  • Day 1 - Adapted Physical Activity & Sport
  • Day 2 – Inclusive Physical Education
  • Day 3 – Health and rehabilitation.

Abstracts should address these themes. The conference organisers will strive to schedule oral, poster and practical workshop presentations to reflect the theme of the day.

Submissions guidelines
Abstracts should be submitted by email attachment, in English, to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  by Friday 16th, February 2018.

When submitting your abstract please include the following details in the body of the email:

  • Full paper title
  • Preferred title and name of author(s)
  • Institution or affiliation
  • Short biography (c. 50 words)

Additional

  • All abstract submissions should adhere to the University of Worcester Guidelines and Procedures for Good Research Practice. This includes the use of acceptable, inclusive language at all times.
  • Abstracts should be no more than 300 words.
  • There is no limit to the number of abstracts that can be submitted. However, only one abstract per submission format will be accepted (that is, either oral presentation or poster presentation or practical workshop).
  • To assist with unseen review of the abstract papers, there should be no information contained in the body of the abstract that identifies the author(s).
  • If an abstract is accepted, the organisers reserve the right to allocate the presentation within the conference schedule. Presenters must be prepared to deliver their workshop at the time and place that will be communicated.
  • All information received will be stored according to the requirements of the UK Data Protection Act including amendments that will come into effect in May 2018.

Topics/themes
Presentations reflecting the following topics and themes are particularly encouraged.
Day 1 - Adapted Physical Activity & Sport

  • Adaptation models
  • Biomechanics
  • Empowerment programmes
  • Equipment adaptation
  • Inclusive sport development
  • Physiology
  • Societal impact
  • Sociological and anthropological investigation
  • Sports innovations (e.g. new sports)

Day 2 - Inclusive Physical Education

  • Inclusive PE
  • Youth sport
  • Extra-curricular inclusion programmes
  • School-community links
  • Continuing education/teacher training
  • Empowerment programmes
  • Inclusive outdoor adventure/education

Day 3 - Health & rehabilitation

  • Right to health
  • Sport & dementia
  • Community health programmes
  • New developments in rehabilitation
  • Complementary approaches
  • Equipment innovations
  • Higher education and rehabilitation
  • Adapted aquatics

Presentation options
Please provide abstracts based upon the following delivery methods:

Oral presentation
A 15 minute oral presentation using Powerpoint or similar plus 5 minute open question period Presenters must be able to deliver the presentation in coherent English and answer questions from the floor. Oral presentations will take place in the mornings of the conference.

Poster
Poster presentations will be displayed throughout the conference. However, specific times will be allocated to enable presenters to discuss their posters with delegates.

Practical Workshop
These should be indoor (space will be equivalent to 3 badminton courts) although specific outdoor adventure and adapted aquatics workshops are also welcomed (limited based on facility availability). Practical workshops will take place in the afternoons of the conference.

NOTE: there will also be special symposia running during the afternoons of the conference. Already planned:

  • Day 2 – Youth Sport & Disability (coordinated by the Youth Sport Trust and UW staff)
  • Day 3 – Sport and Dementia (coordinated by UW staff and the Association of Dementia Studies)

Link: https://www.worc.ac.uk/discover/european-congress-of-adapted-physical-activity

 
Press release for DbI & APA Print E-mail

DbI APA We are proud to announce, that our idea has become reality; the worldwide network of APA (adapted physical activity) within the organization of Deafblind International, www.deafblindinternational.org. It is named DbI & APA.

Since the EUCAPA conference in Turin 2008, www.eufapa.eu we have worked hard to get APA acknowledged, as a method and approach, within the field of deafblindness and hearingloss.

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Call for bids to host The European Congress of Adapted Physical Activity (EUCAPA) 2020 Print E-mail

Dear APA colleagues,

It is time to begin the process of selecting a host for EUCAPA 2020. The board of directors of the European Federation of Adapted Physical Activity (EUFAPA) will start the selection process for EUCAPA 2020 during November, 2017. At this time, we seek the draft proposals from prospective bidders

Objectives of EUCAPA
EUFAPA aims promotion and dissemination of research in adapted physical activity and sport science, and practical application of APA services to benefit individuals with disabilities across the lifespan. The various fields of professional practice in APA include education, adaptation, inclusion, coaching, leisure, recreation, and rehabilitation. The objectives of each EUCAPA, while locally determined, must reflect the mission of EUFAPA.

EUCAPA
A European Congress of Adapted Physical Activity (EUCAPA) is an excellent vehicle to raise local awareness, to provide an outstanding setting for local professionals to interact with world leaders in adapted physical activity, and to allow the hosting region or country to make an international contribution to adapted physical activity.

The suggested format of the conference includes two parallel sessions (maximum), preferably 3 days' event in ONE BUILDING. The conference language must be English, considering the possibility to create parallel sessions in native language to attract APA professionals with limited
English language skills.

FORMAT FOR PROPOSAL
Please prepare your proposal in accordance with the Guidelines for hosting a European Congress of Adapted Physical Activity www.eufapa.upol.cz/index.php/eucapa/guidelines-for-hosting-eucapa.html

Please, send the proposals electronically to EUFAPA secretary, Ursula Barrett ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) by November 13th, 2017.

SINCERELY Ursula Barrett (EUFAPA secretary)

 
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