Active Living Research Conference 2018

February 11-14, 2018 | Banff, Canada

The 2018 Active Living Research Annual Conference brings together active living researchers and champions from over 30 disciplines to advance knowledge and action around active communities. The conference is the premier venue for policy-relevant research and cross-sector exchange between scientists, practitioners and policy makers on how to create and sustain active living environments.

The theme of the 2018 conference, “Future-Proofing Activity: Application Across Sectors” focuses on anticipating the future of physical activity, and creating environments, programs and policies that will minimize the effects of shocks and stressors of the future state when it comes to physical activity and active living. The theme challenges us to consider the future of activity across all sectors, and reflect upon applications that will minimise the detrimental effects of technology while maximizing the beneficial effects by way of intentional design. For example, how could “big data” be used to inform active living research and policy? How can we plan for active communities that incorporate connected and automated vehicles?

Topics include:

  • Active transportation
  • Aging in place
  • Building partnerships
  • Economic benefits
  • Health equity
  • Parks and recreation
  • Physical activity
  • Policy and environmental strategies
  • Public health
  • Research translation
  • Rural environments
  • School policies and environments
  • Tools and measures of active environments
  • Urban planning for healthy communities

Research and Practice/Policy Focus Areas

Our aim is to make the ALR conference the premier venue for policy-relevant research and cross sector exchange between scientists, practitioners and policy makers on how to create and sustain active living environments.

The conference agenda will have two focus areas: 1) research and 2) practice/policy. The goal of including these focus areas is to encourage a broad audience to attend the conference and provide opportunities for exchange on how to use evidence to increase physical activity in many settings.

It is anticipated that the programme will be comprised of approximately 2/3 research-oriented and 1/3 practice/policy-oriented presentations, with overlap welcomed. Research and practice/policy presentations will be integrated and organised by topic area.

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Keynote Speaker
  • Seleta Reynolds, Los Angeles Department of Transportation and President, National Association of City Transportation Officials, USA
Chair Emeritus
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Organized by
  • ALR
  • ALR
  • Elsevier
Silver Sponsor
Voices for Healthy Kids
  • CSEP
  • eco counter
  • PAL Technologies
Official Airline
Air Canada