Int'l physical education and sports confab opens in Taipei
The China Post news staffTAIPEI, Taiwan -- A large-scale international physical education and sports conference opened in Taipei yesterday with more than 150 delegates from close to 28 foreign nations participating in the five-day event.
August 19, 2013, 12:05 am TWN
Participants will engage in in-depth discussions and exchanges with their Taiwanese counterparts at the event — the 14th Congress of the International Society for the History of Physical Education and Sport (ISHPES 2013).
The theme of this year's congress is “Games and Sporting Events in History: Organization, Performances and Impacts.”
Professors from world-renowned universities and sports organizations will give keynote speeches, round-table forums will be held and research papers will be presented.
There will also be the annual ISHPES Awards, which will be given to scholars with outstanding contributions and research efforts. This year's winners include professor Alison Wrynn from California State University's (Long Beach) Department of Kinesiology and professor Malcolm MacLean from Britain.
Yen Jia-ru of Taiwan is the winner of the ISHPES Junior Scholar Award this year.
During the Aug. 18-22 convention, professor Annette Hofmann, who chairs the congress, and professor Gertud Pfister will offer instructions concerning academic and research projects at a special session for junior scholars and Ph.D. students.
Dr. Lin Mei-chun, National Taiwan Normal University (NTNU) professor and head of the organizing committee, and Taiwanese colleagues have also arranged special activities to give congress participants a taste of the magnificent natural scenery as well as abundant and unique cultural attractions in Taiwan.
Local scholars and prestigious higher-learning institutions, including the NTNU, have long engaged in the active research and study of the history of physical education and sports events in Taiwan and those in different countries.
In addition to vigorous research efforts, they have actively taken part in the events of countless major international physical education and sports organizations, as well as helped establish the Northeast Asian sports academic forum and hosted the first convention in Taipei in 1995.
The ISHPES 2013 is hosted by the Department of Physical Education of NTNU with assistance from the Sports Administration (SA), the National Science Council, the Ministry of Economic Affairs and the Taipei City Government.