Scottish Physical Activity Research Connections (SPARC) 2021

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SPARC 2021 Conference
Hosted by PAHRC and co-hosted with Active Scotland Division of Government

This was the 6th Year of the Scottish Physical Activity Research Connections (SPARC) conference co-hosted by Physical Activity for Health Research Centre (PAHRC) and the Active Scotland Division of Government. The first five years were in-person events and hugely successful at creating a network of researchers, policy makers and practitioners in physical activity in Scotland.

SPARC 2021 had two themes:

• The eight investments that work for physical activity promotion

• Physical activity and Covid-19

On Wednesday 10th November the keynote speaker was be Flora Jackson from Public Health Scotland. In addition, Maree Todd MSP, Minister for Public Health, Women’s Health and Sport delivered a short video presentation on Scottish physical health policy.

On Thursday 11th November our keynote speech was delivered by Dr Xanne Janssen of Strathclyde University and Professor Anna Whittaker of Stirling University. In addition, Dr Gregor Smith, Chief Medical Officer for Scotland, delivered a short video presentation on physical activity and prevention of Covid-19.

Each day saw workshops related to how to promote physical activity in each of the eight investments areas (Whole-of-School Programmes; Active Transport; Active Urban Design; Healthcare; Public Education, Including Mass Media; Sport and Recreation for All; Workplaces; Community-Wide Programmes) and on the use of the Actify platform.
Period10 Nov 2021
Event typeConference
Degree of RecognitionNational


  • Physical activity