The International Symposium on Adapted Physical Activity (ISAPA), Istanbul 2013

Prof. Dr. Nurcan BAÇDear Participants,
It is my pleasure to host you at Yeditepe University for the 19th International Symposium of Adapted Physical Activity (ISAPA) on July 19-23, 2013.
The theme of the Congress is “Bridging the Gaps” with practice and knowledge, people with and without disabilities, academics in different disciplines, academics and staff working in practice all around the world. I believe this Congress will provide a high quality scientific environment for the presentation of new research and exchange of information on adapted physical activity.
I hope you will have a comfortable visit to Yeditepe University and İstanbul, a city with a cultural heritage of hundreds of years, acting as a geographic and socio-cultural link between West and the East.
I would like to welcome you to share the recent scientific developments in APA.
Please enjoy the many excellent sessions offered during ISAPA 2013 and take time to visit and explore Istanbul, a fascinating city built on two continents.

Prof. Dr. Nurcan BAÇ
Yeditepe University, Rector


Claire BoursierOn behalf of the International Federation on Adapted physical Activity (IFAPA) I am pleased to invite you to attend the 19th International Symposium on Adapted Physical Activity (ISAPA) on July 19-23, 2013 at Yeditepe University, İstanbul, Turkey.
The theme of the Congress, “Bridging the Gaps” reflects both the atmosphere and the objective of this major event: bridging gaps between researchers, practitioners, pedagogues, in a broad spectrum of fields coming from all over the world. ISAPA gives the unique opportunity to provide an outstanding setting for participants to share their projects, findings and ideas about APA.
The choice of the keynotes and invited speakers who come from all continents illustrates the diversity of approaches, topics and disciplines of APA. Theoretical approaches, practical sessions, workshops, social activities will punctuate the week. Dilara Ozer and the Organization Committee have already worked hard to make ISAPA 2013 a success!
“Bridging the Gaps” has a special significance linked to the location of the event. İstanbul is the only city bridging the West and the East, bridging cultures. All participants will have the chance to visit wonderful historical sites and monuments, taste the excellent Turkish cuisine and even learn Turkish dance! All participants should come with their relatives, friends and stay after ISAPA to visit Turkey, one of the touristic gem of the world!

Claire Boursier
President of IFAPA

Dilara ÖzerDear Colleagues,
On behalf of the organization committee, we would like to thank you for the opportunity to organize the 19th International Symposium of Adapted Physical Activity (ISAPA). Theme of the symposium is “Bridging the Gaps” for Istanbul extends both on the European and on the Asian sides of the Bosphorus, and the only metropolis in the world that is situated on two continents; Bridging between theory and practice, people with and without disability, academics from different disciplines, academics and staffs working in the practice from over the world.
We are working with a big team consisting of academic staffs from many universities, not only in Turkey but also in the other countries. We will try to do our best for organizing ISAPA 2013 in accordance with the mission of International Federation of Adapted Physical Activity.
We will share with you each of new developments about ISAPA 2013 on webpage. Keep in touch with us.

Dr. Dilara Özer
President of EBFAD
Chairperson of ISAPA 2013
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