International Congress on Enhancement of Physical Activity and Motor Skills
November 1-3, 2012, Jyväskylä, Finland



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Previous Congress ICEPA 2011




Dear Congress Participants,

On behalf of the University of Jyväskylä I have the great pleasure in extending a cordial welcome to the University of Jyväskylä and its Faculty of Sport and Health Sciences. The University of Jyväskylä is one of the largest and most popular multidisciplinary Universities in Finland. It has 15 000 students, more than 700 from them coming from abroad.
The University of Jyväskylä hosts the only Faculty of Sports and Health in Finland. Physical activity and wellbeing is one of the core fields of the University. The highly recognized international research and education of the sport sciences play important roles in the profile of the University.
During the past decade the Faculty of Sport and Health Sciences has organized several international congresses, symposia, and seminars together with national and international sport and exercise organizations. Thanks to great expertise of the organizers and the wonderful environment of the City of Jyväskylä, another excellent Congress is to be expected. The topic of the Congress, Enhancement of Physical Activity and Motor Skills of Children and Youth, is in line with the strategy of our University, emphasizing the promotion of wellbeing among people of all ages.
I am convinced that the research presented in the Congress will make valuable contributions to the important topic of enhancing physical activity and motor skills among children and adolescents. On behalf of the University of Jyväskylä I wish best success to the Congress.


   Matti Manninen
   University of Jyväskylä

Welcome to Jyväskylä!

Jyväskylä is one of the most remarkable growth centers in Finland. The city is famous for high education and technological know-how as well as multidimensional culture-, sports- and event programs. The attractiveness of Jyväskylä has continued year after year. Jyväskylä is seventh largest city in Finland with 132 000 inhabitants. The city offers a functional entirety, where working places, living, and possibilities for leisure activities are easily achievable. Jyväskylä is second significant fair city in Finland and a well-known congress and convention city. Jyväskylä is known for example of the Neste Oil Rally world tour and the buildings designed by architect Alvar Aalto as well as internationally rewarded urban outdoor lighting.
In our city of elite sports, the inhabitants are physically active, which plays an essential role in wellbeing and maintenance of health. City center is compact, and distances are short. Just by the city center you may find untouched nature, excellent fishing waters, rafting and hiking routes, as well as forests for picking berries and mushrooms. In winter you can enjoy skating and skiing on the lake Jyväsjärvi in the middle of the city. In summer the second largest lake in Finland, lake Päijänne offers excellent opportunities for fishing and sailing or boating.
I wish all Congress participants warmly welcome to Jyväskylä, which celebrates its one hundred and seventy fifth anniversary this year.


   Markku Andersson
   City of Jyväskylä


The International Congress on the Enhancement of Physical Activity and Motor skills takes place in the University of Jyväskylä, located in the city of Jyväskylä in Central Finland. The Congress is organized by the Faculty of Sport and Health Sciences in co-operation with the Ministry of Education and Culture, Young Finland Association, the Finnish Coach Association, the Finnish Association of Sport Psychology, and the City of Jyväskylä.
We are very pleased that so many of the world leaders in research related to the Congress topics have accepted our invitation to come to Jyväskylä as invited speakers. In addition, the scientific community is encouraged to submit oral and poster presentations to be included in the program. The Congress will have a multidisciplinary approach combining the knowledge of pedagogy, developmental psychology, neurology, exercise physiology, biomechanics, brain research, cognitive science, and coaching science, dealing with this important topic of enhancement of physical activity and motor skills.
We are confident that we will be able to offer an unforgettable stay in Jyväskylä both academically and socially. Therefore, it is our great pleasure to welcome you all to enjoy the Finnish autumn with the latest scientific knowledge and social activities in the beautiful City of Jyväskylä.


   Professor Jarmo Liukkonen
   Scientific Committee
   ICEPA 2012

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