On behalf of the Asian Society for Adapted Physical
Education & Exercise (ASAPE) and the Korean Society
for Adapted Physical Activity & Exercise (KOSAPE)
it is our great pleasure and honor to invite you to the
upcoming ‘21st International Symposium of Adapted
Physical Activity (ISAPA 2017)’ to be held in Korea June 2017.
The International Symposium is the scientific meeting of the International Federation for Adapted Physical Activity (IFAPA) held every two years and its organization rotated among the member countries of IFAPA. The symposium will feature the latest advances in Adapted Physical Activity as well as an updates on the theory and practice of Adapted Physical Education by renowned experts from the different member regions.
Since IFAPA has been established in 1973 it has grown rapidly and now it is one of the leading societies in the world. Past Symposia were held in Korea for the 15th Symposium in Seoul on August 04-07, 2003, Pisa/Verona, Italy (2005), Rio Claro, Brazil (2007), Gavle, Sweden (2009), Istanbul, Turkey (2013), and Netanya of Israel (2015). The ISAPA 2017 will be hosted for the 2nd time by Korea, indeed a big challenge and opportunity for Korean researchers to demonstrate its academic capabilities and warm hospitality. We, therefore, would like to express our sincere gratitude and respect to all past Presidents, Board Members of KOSAPE, ASAPE, IFAPA and Committee Members of ISAPA 2017 for these developments.
As we all know Korea is the host of the PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games and Paralympic Games in 2018. Thus, the Organizing Committee for the 2017 International Symposium of Adapted Physical Activity is discussing possible collaboration with the PyeongChang Organizing Committee for the 2018 Olympic & Paralympic Winter Games in terms of tours, Paralympic related concerns, academic seminars, and the like. At ISAPA 2017, a number of APA experts, young trainees and scientists from different countries will come together to learn and to present their works in the spirit of scientific knowledge exchange and collaboration. In order to encourage participation in this undertaking, we will provide a PyeongChang tour or travel grant to outstanding presenters.
Lastly, let me extend my sincerest thanks in advance to all organizing committee members for the hard work and effort being exerted for making a successful ISAPA 2017. We look forward to seeing you at the ISAPA 2017 with the hope that you will be able to enjoy fantastic summer days in Korea.
With warmest regards,
Prof. Ki-Yong Park
Chairperson of the Organizing Committee for the
2017 International Symposium of Adapted Physical Activity
IFAPA President Greeting
It is my pleasure to offer greetings from the International
Federation of Adapted Physical Activity (IFAPA).
IFAPA is an international scientific organization of higher
education scholars, practitioners and students dedicated
to APA. The main purpose of IFAPA is to encourage and
promote international cooperation, research and knowledge in adapted physical education, disability sports and therapeutic recreation. The Asian Society of Adapted Physical Education (ASAPE), which includes Korea, is one of seven regional representatives to IFAPA.
We are excited to return to Korea for the 21st International Symposium of Adapted Physical Activity (ISAPA). Korea last hosted ISAPA in 2003, and 2017 marks only the 3rd time ISAPA will be located in Asia. We hope by choosing Korea as host country that ISAPA 2017 will attract a great deal of interest and participation by APA scholars and practioners from Korea and all across Asia as well as world-wide. Korea has a rich history in APA including excellent Special Olympics, Deaf Olympics and Paralympics programs as well as many universities offering undergraduate and graduate APA programs. In fact, some of the best APA research in the world has emanated from these programs, and universities across the world have APA professors with roots from Seoul National University, Korea National Sport University, Kyungdong University and Ewha Woman’s University, just to name a few.
We know Korea will be a wonderful host for ISAPA. Many APA professionals including myself have never been to Korea, and we are looking forward to learning about and enjoying the unique Korean history, culture and cuisine. Again, as President of IFAPA it is my pleasure to offer greetings, support and excitement for ISAPA 2017
Martin Block, Ph.D., President
International Federation of Adapted Physical Activity