The Fourth Assembly of the International Motor Development Research Consortium

When: September 11-14, 2019 

Where: Verona, Italy


The congress is a joint initiative of I-MDRC (International Motor Development Research Consortium) and of CIAPSE (Congrès International sur l’Activité Physique et le Sport chez l’Enfant). It will offer 5 plenary lectures, 6 symposia and 2 mini-symposia, 10 free-presentation sessions, poster exhibitions and practical demonstrations.

Submission is now open for proposals for symposia and mini-symposia; the submission deadline is December 20, 2018. The program committee will conclude selection of proposals by January 15, 2019. Components of the Program Committee are listed below. Symposia and mini-symposia may be on any topic in the broad area of children’s motor development, its promotion through active play, physical education and sport, and its interrelation with outcomes in other domains (e.g., cognitive, psychological, social & emotional development). Selection will be based on quality and variety and innovation of proposals.

Time for a symposium is 100 min and for a mini-symposium is 60 min. This time includes presentation of the topic by the Chair, individual presentations and discussions. There should be no less than 3 and no more than 5 presenters per symposium and no more than 4 for a mini-symposium.

The topic should be novel, timely, and interesting. Symposia should strive to have speakers that represent a good balance between established and new investigators, and possibly have an equitable representation with regard to gender and to international diversity. The organization of the symposia is up to the discretion of the coordinator and time for each presenter can be varied. Questions/discussion can be at the end of each individual presentation or at the conclusion of the symposium.

All presenters will be expected to pay the full conference registration fee. If we are able to raise enough funds (no promises can be made at this time), we will offer a prize to at least one of the proposed symposia/mini-symposia deem to be important to the conference by the Scientific Committee; the prize will have the value of up to 500 euros in the form of fee reduction to be divided between speakers and the chair of the symposium.

Proposals must include sufficient supporting material to permit the program committee to evaluate the quality and interest of the symposium. Proposals for symposia should include:

  1. Name, affiliation, and email of symposium Chair(s).
  2. The title of the proposed symposium.
  3. A short descriptive summary of an overview of the symposia (100-200 words).
  4. Title, presenters, affiliations, emails, and an abstract for each individual presentation (100-200 words).
  5. A short (2-3 sentences) statement of how the symposium fits into the topic of the symposium and meets the criteria for selection.
  6. A statement as to which of the proposed speakers has agreed to present.

Please be aware that the Program Committee may suggest revisions to ensure diversity and non-duplication issues.

All questions about submissions and proposal should be sent starting from now to:

The Scientific Committee

The Italian members

Guido Fumagalli, University of Verona, Verona, Italy

Caterina Pesce, University of Roma, Rome, Italy

Patrizia Tortella, University of Verona, Verona, Italy

The I-MDRC members

Lisa Barnett, Deakin University, Burwood VIC, Australia

Jackie Goodway, The Ohio State University, Columbus OH, USA

Leah Robinson, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor MI, USA

The CIAPSE members

Erin Gerlach, University of Potsdam, Potsdam, Germany

Boris Jidovtseff, University of Liege, Liege, Belgium

ArjaSääkslahti, University of Jyväskylä, Jyväskylä, Finland