Australia Bound – On the road to ICPAPH 2012

As I mentioned earlier this month, I will be attending/blogging this week’s International Congress on Physical Activity and Public Health from Sydney, Australia.  To see why I’m so excited about this conference (aside from the fact that it’s in Australia), just check out my recap of the previous ICPAPH, held in Toronto in 2010.

An excerpt from that post:

As many of you know, I spent last week attending the 3rd International Congress on Physical Activity and Public.  It. Was. Awesome!  I’ve been to 5-6 conferences since I started grad school in 2006, and they’ve all been good experiences, but this one was by far the best.  And of the more seasoned researchers that I’ve spoken to, they all seem to rank it among the best they’ve attended as well.

Things to see and do

This time around I am giving a talk (technically a “short oral presentation”) on the preliminary results from my thesis project, which looked at the health impact of uninterrupted sitting in kids aged 10-14.  We asked kids to sit for 8 straight hours, and compared that to a day where they either interrupted their sitting or did physical activity.  My talk will take place on Nov 1 in the “Sitting, physical activity and health in children and young people” session.  Feel free to swing by and say hello!

On that note, members of the Sedentary Behaviour Research Network (SBRN) will be giving 30+  talks throughout the conference (there are a lot of sessions devoted to sedentary behaviour).  We have posted the details on for all of those presentations on the SBRN website, which you can find here.

There  is also going to be a pre-conference session for anyone who is interested in SBRN and its future direction as an organization.  In just over a year of existence we’ve grown to nearly 400 members, and we want to make sure that we’re being as useful as possible for researchers and health professionals interested in the health impact of sedentary behaviour.  The session will take place for 1 hour from 12:15-13:15 on Oct 31, and will be in Bayside Room 102.  This is immediately after the sedentary behaviour satellite conference meeting, and immediately before the conference opening ceremony.  The SBRN session is free to attend, but there won’t be any food there so we recommend that you bring your own lunch.

Blogging along the way

I’m an “official” blogger at this conference, so I’ll be doing my best to put up content throughout the week.  If anyone comes across content related to the conference, feel free to send me a note via email (saunders dot travis at gmail) or twitter, or just post a comment on this page.  As with previous conferences like #CON11, I’m happy to link to other content related to the conference.  Also, if anyone is interested in writing a guest post about something they found interesting at the conference, please get in touch.  I can only see so much at the conference, so I’m more eager to link to other things that I might have missed.

Also, if you’re tweeting about the conference, the official hashtag is #beactive2012, which is the name for the simultaneous Australian conference that’s being run in parallel with ICPAPH (note to conference organizers – always go with the shortest hashtag possible, since extra characters limit what people can actually tweet about your conference).  So to keep up-to-date on twitter just follow that hashtag from Oct31-Nov3.  Since most international folks know it as ICPAPH, I’m planning to try to squeeze in both hashtags whenever possible as well.

On that note, you can follow the official Be Active 2012 blog at, and you can find a number of press releases related to work that will be presented at the conference here, as well as this interview with keynote speaker Ken Powell.

Are you presenting?

Finally, I’d love to know if any of our readers are attending and/or presenting at the conference.  I’d love it if you’d post a comment below letting people know how we can find your presentation.

See you in Sydney!


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