International Events

The 27th ICCP World Play Conference

Brussels 1-3 February 2015

To be held at the VUB University in Brussels, Belgium on 1st, 2nd and 3rd February 2015 – organized in co-operation with the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, faculty of Physical Education and Physiotherapy and Psychology and Educational Sciences.

Play is studied across the whole range of academic disciplines, from computing science to sports science and from history to philosophy. Across these diverse disciplines a vast range of methodologies and methods are used to arrive at a better understanding of the fascinating phenomenon of children’s play.

‘Researching Play – Challenges and Opportunities’ aims to share effective ways of researching play and to promote discussion about the methodical challenges faced by play researchers. This conference aims to stimulate a multidisciplinary exchange of knowledge and experience, and abstracts are welcome from researchers studying play from any discipline.



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Triennial International Play Association World Conference

Calgary – September 2017

The City of Calgary has been chosen to host the Triennial International Play Association World Conference in 2017.

The 2017 conference will bring together members from nearly 50 countries to exchange ideas and inspire action about play. The conference will be the catalyst to mobilize Calgary to address and support the child’s right to play and build a legacy of play in our city. This is aligned with Recreation’s mandate which is to provide programs and services designed to create supportive, fun and inclusive environments that develop physical, creative and cultural/social literacy. Integral to this approach are play opportunities.

“I know I am speaking on behalf of the IPA members worldwide that when I say that we are delighted to be coming to Calgary In 2017 to celebrate the IPA 20th World conference,” said Theresa Casey, President IPA world. “We were incredibly impressed by the quality of the bid and the exciting prospect it holds for play and the world wide momentum for article 31 of the UN convention, on the rights of the child.”

The International Play Association World conference in 2017 will enhance our connections to the Canadian and International play community and help Calgary to become an advocate for Children’s rights.

More information about the 2017 Triennial International Play Association Conference will be posted as it is finalised. Network hopes to host a delegation of Network members to attend the conference.


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