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May 17 – 21, 2017

Hosted by Barry University
School of Human Performance and Leisure Sciences
Miami, Florida USA
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In line with the mission of IAPESGW the 18th Quadrennial World Congress to be held in Miami Shores, Florida USA 2017, aims to:

  • Bring together interested women and men, scholars and field-based practitioners, from many countries, who are working to improve the position of girls and women in the fields of physical education, sport, dance and physical activity and research.
  • Facilitate sharing of research and practice through international exchange of knowledge, opportunity for listening, sharing, networking, discussing and creating new possibilities for the benefit of girls and women in physical education, sport, dance and physical activity.
  • Provide a forum where scholars and field-based practitioners can plan to make sport glocal through international relationship building, including programs, projects and initiatives.

Barry University has produced a promotional video for the event - please view the short preview of the excellent venue for our 18th Congress

Visit Barry University's dedicated website for the 18th Congress at:


Latest News from our Congress:

18th Congress - Book of Abstracts
We are pleased to give you access to the material from our Congress in this 83-page document - giving you sight of some of the key submissions delivered over the course of the event
View the Book of Abstracts

A report on the Congress from our President,  Rosa López de D’Amico (July 2017)
The 18th IAPESGW Congress under the theme Women and Girls in Sport: Research to Action organized in Miami, USA, May 18th to 20th, 2017 at Barry University was an excellent occasion to once more promote academic debates about scientific, cultural, economic, historical, and political foundations and challenges of women / gender and sport in national and internationally context. In total we had participants from 33 countries...................................................................................................................
View the full report - includes images from the event

More photographs from our Congress - giving you a 'real taste' of the event in Florida - take a look


The following Closing Statement was formulated by the ‘International Association of Physical Education and Sport for Girls and Women’ (IAPESGW) and Barry University Miami from 17 to 21 May, 2017.
Over 150 delegates and guests from 33 countries across the world exchanged ideas on how to transform research to action through keynote and scientific presentations, symposia, seminars, posters, and workshops.

Congruent with the values of IAPESGW and Barry University, the 18th IAPESGW World Congress in Miami ‘Closing Statement’ are committed to achieve the following aims:

1. Governments, corporate sector, sport federations, non-governmental organizations as well as civil society sustain individual and collective responsibility to enable and fulfill the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals 2030 with special emphasis on:

SDG 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.
SDG 4: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.
SDG 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.

2. Leaders and advocates in the lives of girls and women in sport and education think globally and act locally with sensitivity for cultural, linguistic, religious, ethnic, political, and socio-economic specificity.

3. Interdisciplinary researchers provide evidence to support policy, projects, programs, and initiatives continuously commissioned by national and international key stakeholders.

Download a copy of the Closing Statement

Our Awards presented at the Congress:

Honorary Life Member:  Tansin Benn (England) and Gertrud Pfister (Germany)

Dorothy Ainsworth Research Award:  Anneliese Goslin (South Africa)

Lynn Vendien International Leadership:  Carole Oglesby (USA)

Audrey Bambra Legacy Award: Makoto Takahashi (Japan)

Chiyoe Matsumoto Dance Development Award: Elba Maria Kerr (Venezuela)

A new award -  Margaret Talbot Award: Maryam Jahromi Koushkie (Iran); Canan Koca (Turkey); Rohab Shahrian (Iran); Susi-Kathi Jost (Switzerland); Eliana Ferreira (Brazil); Gladys Bequer Díaz (Cuba) and Doreen Solomons (South Africa)

View more details of the awards on the dedicated page of our website - view here

Our Congress has closed (21 May 2017)
All presentations have been delivered, awards have been made and a significant exchange of international information and news of work to further the development of sport, physical education and dance for girls and women has taken place at our event at Barry University, Florida.
We will bring you full details and output from the Congress as soon as we can.
In the meantime, to get a flavour of the event, please visit our Facebook page

Spectacular dance and activity performances at the opening of our Congress - some photographs:     

                          Venus Rising – Women’s Drum and Dance Ensemble, USA

                      Japanese Society of Rhythm Movement Leaders, Tokyo       Hurricane Jumpers, USA

First photographs from the opening of our 18th Congress (18 May 2017)





Proceedings get underway today (18 May 2017)
Our Board members met on Wednesday, 17 May, as they prepared for the packed four-day propramme and got ready to greet delegates from around the world.
The full scheldule for the Congress can be view here


Our team is greeting delegates in Florida today - full porceedings will be underway tomorrow (17 May 2017)
We will bring you news of our 18th Congress and photographs from the proceedings as soon possible.

Do visit our Facebook page to see our latest news from the event


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To all members and interested friends,
With two months to go before the quadrennial 18th World Congress is held in Miami, Florida, it is time to receive nominations for the long-standing and prestigious awards IAPESGW give to honour outstanding women in the field. Please consider the different awards and the contributions of women you have known who might qualify.
The nomination process is explained and requires:
•    The permission of any person before nomination;
•    The CV of the nominee;
•    A letter of support stating how they have met the criteria and why they deserve the award.

All nominations must be emailed by 21 April to Rosa Lopez de D’Amico (President) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; Karin Lofstrom (Secretary) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; and Tansin Benn (Chair of Executive Board Awards Panel) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Thank you for your consideration

View the list of awards , their purpose and the criteria for nominations.

Plans for our 18th World Congress continue to make excellent progress
(July 2014
Signature of the contract with Barry University to organize our 2017 IAPESGW Congress took place on June 15th, 2014. It was a very important moment after several months of exchanging emails and many ideas. Thanks to Dr. Kathryn Ludwig and Dr. Bridget Lyons (co chairs of local organizing committee) for all the compromise and this partnership at least for the following 4 years, and we hope it continues after 2017!)Contract signing

Photograph (left to right): Rosa López de D’Amico, Bridget Lyons and Kathryn Ludwig

The central theme of the scientific program of the 18th IAPESGW World Congress focuses on “Women and Girls in Sport: Research to Action”.

There are 4 Sub-Themes:
1.    Pedagogy of Physical Education, Sport, and Dance
2.    Lifelong Physical Activity for All
3.    Global to Local Initiatives and Assessment
4.    Sport Sciences

The scientific program runs from 18 – 21 May 2017.

The scientific program represents a blend of:
•    Invited keynote speakers, 
•    Invited speakers
•    Invited symposia, 
•    Proposed symposia/seminars/workshops/dance demonstrations
•    Oral presentations
•    Poster presentations
•    Young researchers

Second Call for Abstracts!

Deadline for Abstract Submission: WAS 30 October, 2016

View the details to submit an abstract

ALSO.....Keynote speakers information released:

Jayne Greenberg, PhD

Member of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, & Nutrition
Director of Physical Education and Health Literacy, Miami Dade County Schools, FL, USA

Clare Hanlon, PhD

Associate Professor, Sport Management, Victoria University, Australia.
Sport Management Discipline Leader, College of Sport & Exercise Science

Maqulate Onyango, Nairobi, Kenya

-- IAPESGW Africa book in the Continents Series due in 2016
Manager of MYSA's Youth Rights and Protection project
Match commissioner in the Kenyan Premier League.


Professor of Physical Education, Universidade Estácio de Sá, Campus Petrópolis, Brazil
Selection Committee Member, International Olympic Committee