University of Edinburgh

International Symposium on Physical Activity and Individuals with Visual Impairments or Deafblindness

Erik Weihenmayer and Erik kayakingWhen: Thursday, 9th - Sunday, 12th May 2019
Where: University of Edinburgh
Cost: £300 for the 4 day conference including the Conference Dinner (excl accommodation)

We are delighted to announce that our Keynote speaker is Erik Weihenmayer, Adventurer and author of several books including Touch the top of the world about his expedition to the top of Everest in 2001.

We will also have presentations from:

Outline Programme

Thursday, 9th May 2019

  • Registration and Evening reception hosted by Prof John Ravenscroft
  • Introduction to key themes Presentation by Pamela Haibach-Beach

Friday, 10th May 2019

  • Keynote with Erik Weihenmayer
  • Keynote with Lauren Leiberman
  • Plus Practical and Research presentations

Saturday, 11th May 2019

  • Keynote with Judit Gombas
  • Practical Demonstration sessions
  • Poster session
  • Dinner & Social event

Sunday, 12th May 2019

  • Closing address with Erik Weihenmayer


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Submit a Paper

The Scientific Committee welcome your proposals for papers to be presented at the conference. The themes will be:

Age ranges: Preschool to Adult

Session types

Applications from Organisations to Exhibit at the conference are also welcomed.

Submit your proposal via google forms

Submit a Paper now!


The conference will be held at Pollock Halls Conference Centre in Edinburgh
18 Holyrood Park Road
EH16 5AY


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Register as a delegate

Conference fee includes delegate pack and all meals except Friday evening.

Booking for this event is being done via the University's ePay online system. If you prefer to be invoiced, please contact us.

Standard Conference Delegate

Cost: £300.00

Support Access Guide

Delegate's access support person

Cost: £150.00

Book now!

NB, the link above requires online payment by card
For those wishing to pay by cheque or be invoiced, please download a booking form (doc) or PDF

Sponsor or Exhibit

This 4-day international symposium organised by the Scottish Sensory Centre is expected to attract over 100 delegates from across the UK and beyond. Aimed at anyone interested in sport and physical activity and people with visual impairments or who are deafblind, this conference will appeal to educators, researchers, mobility and (re)habilitation specialists, and organisations interested in sport, leisure and disability.

Sponsor £600

Exhibitor £300