23rd – 26th October 2022

Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre

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About the Congress

Abu Dhabi is proud and honoured to host the 9th International Society for Physical Activity and Health (ISPAH) Congress, 23rd -26th October 2022.


The ISPAH Congress is the largest physical activity and health Congress in the world and ISPAH is widely recognized as the leading global society of researchers and practitioners focussed on promoting physical activity across the life course.
Being the first of its kind in the region as well as the first one after the COVID-19, the congress promises to be both exciting and interesting in offering a whole new dimension as the unique location of Abu Dhabi will not only allow for knowledge and information sharing across the globe but also bring to the table some much needed conversations on the role factors such as cultural and gender perceptions play in individuals being physically active.


In line with previous ISPAH congresses and recognising the need for joined up solutions, the congress will bring together academics, practitioners, thought-leaders and policy makers to discuss approaches for a joined-up approach to increase physical activity.

Welcome Message from the President

On behalf of ISPAH, I would like to welcome you to the ISPAH Congress 2022!

We are excited to finally be able to meet in-person again in the wonderful city of Abu Dhabi. Together with the local host, the Abu Dhabi Public Health Center, we will create an exciting program with ’making every move count’ as main theme.

As usual, the program will consist of workshops, symposia, keynote speakers, parallel sessions, and posters, but we will make sure there is plenty of time to catch-up with colleagues, network, and explore new collaboration options, which is, let’s be honest, the main reason why many of us are longing to attend an in-person congress.

We hope to see you in Abu Dhabi, October 23-26!

Dr Jasper Schipperijn
President | International Society for Physical Activity and Health (ISPAH)
Professor | University of Southern Denmark, Department of Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics | Denmark

Welcome Message from the Host

On behalf of the Abu Dhabi Public Health Centre, I would like to welcome you to the ISPAH Congress 2022!

We are honoured and privileged to host the 9th ISPAH Congress in Abu Dhabi. This is the first-ever time the Congress is coming to the region and we look forward to welcoming you all and experience our renowned hospitality as well as soak in the rich culture the emirate has to offer!

Together with the ISPAH Board and our strategic stakeholders, we are in the process of developing an interesting and exciting program with the overarching theme “making every move count”. Similar to previous ISPAH congresses, the program will consist of symposia, workshops, parallel sessions and keynote speakers however our team is also hard at work in ensuring all delegates have a wonderful experience both on and off the Congress site by planning a range of fun and entertaining activities.

We invite you to join us in Abu Dhabi, on the 23-26 October 2022 to know more about the most recent research in the field of physical activity, exchange ideas, network, make new friends and reconnect with old ones, explore new business and collaboration opportunities, make memories and take back home a little bit of the Abu Dhabi legacy!

H.E. Matar Saeed Rashed Al Nuaimi
Director General
Abu Dhabi Public Health Centre​

Target Audience

The ISPAH 2022 congress in Abu Dhabi is relevant for everyone interested in promoting physical activity!

Policy Makers

Health Regulators





Public health specialists

Health promotion specialists

Patient education officers

Public health program officers

Allied health professionals


Students – medical, life sciences, allied health, public health and policy, environmental health

Sports medicine specialists

Sports authorities and regulators

Education authorities and regulators

Environmental health specialists


Urban planning specialists

Municipality and transport officers

Community development officers

Health coaches

Active Healthy Kids Global Alliance

ISPAH is pleased to partner with the Active Healthy Kids Global Alliance (AHKGA) for the release of the Global Matrix 4.0 in conjunction with the ISPAH 2022 Congress on October 23rd - 26th in Abu Dhabi.
Global Matrix 4.0