Call for EOI to host the IPSAH Congress 2020

ISPAH are now calling for Expressions of Interest to host the 2020 ISPAH Congress. The ISPAH Congress is one of the key global forums on physical activity and public health.

ISPAH has over as decade of experience in hosting its biennial Congress, with the aims of advancing multidisciplinary and cross-cultural communication and collaboration on all aspects of the scientific study of physical activity and health, and sharing innovative policy and programmes that promote and engage people to be physically active and improve their health.

The next ISPAH congress will take place in London on 15 – 17 October 2018 and is being co-hosted by Public Health England and Sport England.

Experience shows that hosting an international Congress on physical activity and health has the potential to strengthen collaboration between relevant interested stakeholders across government, non-government, academia and civil society, and to further national actions on physical activity.

If you would be interested in hosting the ISPAH Congress in 2020 or 2022, please download the guidance document and complete the Expression of Interest form which can be downloaded here.

The deadline for expressions of interest is 28 April 2017, 23:59 GMT.


Call for Nominations for ISPAH President 2018-2020

Process for the 2017 Elections


The International Society for Physical Activity and Health (ISPAH) invites eligible ISPAH members to nominate candidates for President of the Society. The successful candidate will commence as President-Elect effective April 2017 and their role as President from October 2018 for a period to two years.



All paid ISPAH members are eligible to nominate candidates for the position of President –elect. All nominees must also be a member of ISPAH. Desirable characteristics include being mid or senior career, with an international research profile and the supporting infrastructure to facilitate fulfilment of the role. Preference is given to candidates who have served on the ISPAH Board and/or been active in regional networks on physical activity. Self-nominations are not accepted.


Note: Individuals wishing to join ISPAH to be eligible to nominate or to be eligible for nomination can join via



The President shall carry out responsibilities according to the ISPAH Bylaws during the term of office. These responsibilities include providing leadership to the Society and the activities of the ISPAH Board, overseeing the strategic directions of ISPAH, acting as the primary public facing representation of the Society, and representing ISPAH at international and regional meetings. The term of office for the President is up to 6 years (up to 2 years as President-elect, 2 years as President and 2 years as Past President). The President-elect 2018 – 2020 will assume official duties as President at the biennial conference in October 2018.



Please submit the following information, in any format:

·       Name and a short CV (2 pages maximum) of the suggested candidate

·       Contact information of the candidate (including institution, title, address, e-mail address, phone number)

·       Brief rationale for the nomination (one paragraph/approx. 300-400 words)

·       Short statement from the nominated candidate (no more than 500 words) which should include a response to the question: What would you see as key priorities for the Society over the next six years?


Please submit nominations and all requested information to Charlie Foster at by 31 March 2017, 23:59 GMT. Late submissions will not be accepted.



·       The ISPAH Executive Committee will evaluate the received nominations and shortlist two individuals.

·       The ISPAH membership will be invited to vote by way of electronic survey. Nominee names and statements will be posted on the ISPAH website at the opening of the ballot period.

·       The candidates receiving the largest number of votes from ISPAH members shall be elected. In the case of a tie, the ISPAH Board will vote to select one of the two candidates.

·      Only paid ISPAH members are eligible to vote.



·       5 January 2017 to 31 March 2017, 23:59 GMT: Call for nominations

·       By 4 April 2017: Review by Executive Committee. Report to the full Board at the April 2017 board meeting. 

·       12 April 2017: Open election via the internet.

·       5 May 2017: Voting closes at 23.59 GMT

·       17 May 2017: Finalize/confirm results at the board meeting. Results will be announced to the ISPAH membership.


Call for tender: HEPA Policy Audit Tool (PAT) Dissemination Template

Do you know a talented graphic designer?

An experienced designer / design company is being sought to develop a “dissemination template” to communicate information on national physical activity policy to policy makers.

The template will summarise information captured by the HEPA Policy Audit Tool (PAT)  and should be editable in commonly used software (e.g. Powerpoint, Publisher or a user-friendly, open- source Software) such that countries can add their own information into the template.

Proposals are due by 23 January 2016 - there is no limitation in terms of geographic location of applicants, however, excellent command of the English language is a prerequisite. For more information download the Call for Tender here or contact Sonja Kahlmeier for more information.