SPARC 2021 Conference

Hosted by PAHRC and co-hosted with Active Scotland Division of Government

This is the 6th Year of the Scottish Physical Activity Research Connections (SPARC) conference co-hosted by Physical Activity for Health Research Centre (PAHRC) and the Active Scotland Division of Government. The first five years were in-person events and hugely successful at creating a network of researchers, policy makers and practitioners in physical activity in Scotland.


In 2020 we went online and had more than 190 delegates who participated.  Delegates exchanged more than 400 messages during the virtual sessions and delegates viewed more than 2,100 posters and 4,000 modules across all the hubs.


In 2021 we return online with two themes:

• The eight investments that work for physical activity promotion

• Physical activity and Covid-19


On Wednesday 10th November our keynote speaker will be Flora Jackson from Public Health Scotland. Maree Todd MSP, Minister for Public Health, Women’s Health and Sport will deliver a short video presentation on Scottish physical health policy.


On Thursday 11th November our keynote will be delivered by Xanne Janssen of Strathclyde University and Professor Anna Whittaker of Stirling University. Dr Gregor Smith, Chief Medical Officer for Scotland, will deliver a short video presentation on physical activity and prevention of Covid-19.


On each day there will be workshops related to how to promote physical activity in each of the eight investments areas (Whole-of-School Programmes; Active Transport; Active Urban Design; Healthcare; Public Education, Including Mass Media; Sport and Recreation for All; Workplaces; Community-Wide Programmes) and on the use of the Actify platform.


Registration is now open and delegates can register on Eventbrite:

Tickets cost £10 per day for delegates and £5 per day for student delegates.


We will also offer the chance to present open communications related to the eight investments and to physical activity and Covid-19. These communications can be research based or case studies of good practice. Abstract submission and presentation details will follow soon for open communications.