Request for bids from organisations interested to host the next VISTA conference
The VISTA Conference is a scientific conference designed to promote and advance the mission, goals, objectives, and reputation of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and provides a platform for sport scientists to meet with experts in the field of sport for athletes with a disability.
The first VISTA Conference took place in Jasper, Canada in 1993. The success of this conference led to further conferences in Germany (1999), Sweden (2003), Germany (2006, 2011, 2013), Spain (2015), Canada (2017) and The Netherlands (2019). Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the 2021 VISTA Conference was held virtually and hosted by the KU Leuven, Belgium in collaboration with the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa; The Swedish School of Sport and Health Sciences, Stockholm, Sweden; School of Kinesiology; Western University, Canada; University of Pittsburgh, USA; and Yonsei University, South Korea.
An identified need for greater opportunities to discuss and exchange knowledge has seen the VISTA Conference become an important international event within the Paralympic Movement.
The objectives of the VISTA Conference are:
- To provide a forum for the exchange of current information, research, development, and expertise related to sport for people with disabilities and the Paralympic Movement.
- To enhance and promote cross-disciplinary professional interaction among scholars and practitioners such as sport science scholars, disability inclusion scholars, sport managers, officials, coaches, athletes, sport medicine practitioners, classifiers, and sport administrators.
The IPC is now looking for organisations who are interested to host the next VISTA conference in 2023. Ideally the next VISTA conference should be a hybrid event, with in- person attendance as well as remote participation.
The IPC will award the VISTA Conference to an organisation (Local Organising Committee, LOC) that best meets the IPC criteria as expressed in the linked bid document. This document outlines the Terms of Reference and provides the principal information required to prepare an application.