Healthy and Fit for Optimal Performance
4-7 September


During VISTA 2019, the IPC will present the highly prestigious Paralympic Scientific Award.

Awarded biennially, the award recognises the work of one academic researcher for their contribution to research in the field of sports for athletes with an impairment. This award also serves to promote and encourage further study in this area.

In July 2019, Professor Yves Vanlandewyck was named the 2019 IPC Paralympic Scientific Award winner.

He will deliver a keynote address at the scientific conference, which will take place from 4-7 September.

Vanlandewijck is a professor in rehabilitation sciences at the Faculty of Kinesiology and Rehabilitation Sciences at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KU Leuven) in Belgium.

He has been committed to improving the quality of life for individuals with a disability since his early career as a physiotherapist in the 1980s, and later on as a wheelchair basketball player and coach

To be eligible for this award, candidates must have contributed through significant scientific publications related to the scientific study of sport for persons with an impairment in any discipline, have received national and/or international recognition for his/her work, and place an emphasis on the practical application of research with direct or indirect benefit to the Paralympic Movement.

IPC Award Selection Policy, Article 4.6.3. (IPC Handbook, Section 2, Chapter 3.11).

A list of the previous winners are below and details of their projects can be found by clicking here.