Invitation to EUCAPA 2016

EUCAPA will be a 3 day conference in a beautiful city of Olomouc with all contributions in a plenary schedule as to allow participants to attend as much presentations as possible. We are putting great emphasis on ‘research’ and presentation of excellent quality work. Our aim is also to attract colleagues that are not attending (anymore) APA conferences and to start specific trajectory for youngsters to attract them to APA work in Europe. All the lectures, workshops and other parts of conference will be held in NH Collection Olomouc Congress (
History and Perspectives of EUCAPA
The European Congress of Adapted Physical Activity (EUCAPA) has been in existence since 1986. It was organized for the first time by Jean-Claude DePotter, at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (B), in order to establish a European branch of the international federation (IFAPA). DePotter then became president of IFAPA (1987-1991) and was a very active collaborator for the development of the respective study programs (EMDAPA and DEUAPA). The chair persons of the European Association of Research into Adapted Physical Activity (EARAPA) in the following years have been: Dr. Gudrun Doll-Tepper, Free University Berlin, Germany (1987-1993), Dr. Herman Van Coppenolle, K.U. Leuven, Belgium (1993-2002), Dr. Maria Dinold, University of Vienna, Austria (2002-2006), and since 2006 Dr. Jean-Claude DePotter Since 2004 the association was renamed to the European Federation of Adapted Physical Activity - EUFAPA).
The European conferences (EUCAPA) took place twice in Leuven (B) - 1993 and 1995 - then in Thessaloniki (GR) - 1998, Vienna (together with 13th ISAPA) - 2001, Amiens (F) - 2002, Dortmund (GER) - 2004), Olomouc (CZ) - 2006, Torino (ITA) – 2008, Jyväskylä (FIN) - 2010, Killarney (IRL) - 2012, Madrid (SPA) - 2014. 
It can be stated that the scientific exchange within these European meetings became more intensive due to smaller participant's rate and more time for discussions. On the other hand the different national partners have acknowledged barriers of understanding because of the many different languages within Europe. The regional organisers try to form connections with practitioners in the field by providing special offers for them - such as workshops for planning and evaluating APA programmes, development of single case studies, or similar.


The organizer of the conference is the Faculty of Physical Culture, Palacký University Olomouc. This instituion was established in 1991 and is one of the most important institutions with this orientation in the Czech Republic. It plays a significant role in the education of P.E. teachers, scientific researchers, and other specialists in the area of physical culture. About 1800 students are presently studying at the faculty. All the cornerstones developed at the Faculty of Physical Culture, i.e. P. E. teaching, adapted physical education, leisure studies, and physiotherapy in the undergraduate and kinanthropology in the postgraduate study program, serve to improve our understanding of the impact of movement activities on health and lifestyle.

The Faculty of Physical Culture is one of the eight faculties of which Palacký University consists. The University evolved from its origin as a Jesuit seminary in 1573 and is the second oldest university in the Czech Republic. Until its closing in 1860 the University participated in the advancement of the education of students from different countries. The University in Olomouc celebrates 60 years of its existence as Palacký University was re-established in 1946. At present almost 15,000 students are studying at the university and about 1300 teachers, scientific researchers and other employees work there.


Chair: Ondřej JESINA
Secretary: Julie WITTMANNOVA
Communication and PR: Martin KUCERA
Coordinator of International Volunteer Program: Tomas VYHLIDAL
Chair of Scientific Committee: Martin KUDLACEK

Aija Klavina
Yves Vanlandewijck

Scientific Committee
Martin KUDLACEK (Chair)
BLAHA Ladislav
MOLIK Bartosz
Reina VAÍLLO Raúl

EUCAPA 2016 subthemes:

topic1 Quality Adapted Physical Education
topic2 Sport for Persons with Disabilities
topic3 The role of Adapted Physical Activity in Comprehensive Rehabilitation
topic4 Active lifestyle and Adapted Physical Activity

Payment categories

  Early Late Onsite
regular participant (Including 2 year membership of European Federation of Adapted Physical Activity) 200 € 250 € 350 €
student participant (Including 2 year membership of European Federation of Adapted Physical Activity 120 € 170 € 270 €
participant with special needs (Including 2 year membership of European Federation of Adapted Physical Activity) 120 € 170 € 270 €
accompanying person 50 € 100 € 200 €
members of Czech Association of Adapted Physical Activity 50 € 100 € 200 €
participants from Palacky University in Olomouc 50 € 100 € 200 €
Honorary guest (EUFAPA board, scientific board, keynotes and invited) FREE FREE FREE

Payment info

Account number CZK:

CZ09 0100 0000 1910 9633 0227

VARIABLE CODE (number necessary for identifying payment for EUCAPA):

NOTE (if it´s possible): EUCAPA.SURNAME

Account number EUR:

CZ98 0100 0000 4338 5509 0287

VARIABLE CODE (number necessary for identifying payment for EUCAPA):

NOTE (if it´s possible): EUCAPA.SURNAME


Important dates:

Open Registration: October 1st, 2015

Abstract submission deadline: January 31st, 2016

International Volunteer Program Application Deadline: January 15th, 2016

Notification of Presentation Acceptance: February 29th, 2016

Early Registration Payment Deadline: March 15th, 2016

Notification of Selection to International Volunteer Program: February 29th, 2016

Conference Program Announcement: March 31st, 2016

Pre-congress program: June 13-14th, 2016

EUCAPA 2016 congress: June 15-17th, 2016 

Post-congress program: June 18-19th, 2016



Academic title
* First name
* Surname
* Sex male
* Institution
* Address
* Country


* Email

Special needs and expectation (diet, mobility, communication etc.)

* Type of participation presenting delegate
non-presenting delegate
Participation poster
Abstract type: Scientific / Professional

Abstract - author

Abstract - co-author(s)
Abstract - title
Abstract - BACKGROUND:
(50 word max.)

Abstract - OBJECTIVE:
(40 word max.)

Abstract - METHODS: (
(100 word max.)

Abstract - RESULTS: (
(170 word max.)

(40 word max.)

Abstract - KEYWORDS:
(6 word max.)

Abstract - ACKNOWLEDGMENT: (150 word max.) - /optional/

Award (I would like to compete for young investigator award) YES NO

regular participant *
student participant *
participant with special needs *
accompanying person
members of Czech Association of Adapted Physical Activity
participants from Palacky University in Olomouc
Honorary guest (EUFAPA board, scientific board, keynotes and invited)
* Payment includes 2 year membership of European Federation of Adapted Physical Activity
Total amount:


Why not to spend a whole week in Olomouc?!? Aka ... Eight Day's a Week


13. 6.
Special Olympics sports (Wittmannová)

14. 6.
SO program (Damentko, Válková, Wittmannová)
10:00 - 12:00 Bocce tournament (II. day)
13:00 - 17:00 SO University program (for academical workers and students also)
Adapted aquatics (Osnat)
10:00 - 12:00 Adapted aquatics (I. part)
14:00 - 18:00 Adapted aquatics (II. part)

EUCAPA general program (detail programme of the presentations is bellow)

14. 6. 2106
Registration (place: NH Hotel, Legionářská 1311/21; 49.6012167N, 17.2465656E)
19:00 - 21:00.
Place: Sport hall, U sportovní haly 38/2, 49.6028294N, 17.2500839E

15. 6. 2016
(place: NH Hotel, Legionářská 1311/21; 49.6012167N, 17.2465656E)
8:00-10:00 Registration
10:00-10:30 Opening
10:30-11:30 Keynote (Aija Klavina)
11:30-12:30 Parallel Session 1
12:30-13:30 LUNCH
13:30-15:00 Parallel Session 2
15:00-15:30 COFEE BREAK
15:30-17:00 Parallel Session 3

16. 6. 2016
(place: NH Hotel, Legionářská 1311/21; 49.6012167N, 17.2465656E)
8:00-9:00 Morning Sport Activities
10:00-11:30 Parallel Session 4
11:30-12:30 Poster session
12:30-13:30 LUNCH
13:30-14:30 Adapted Equipment Fair and workshops
14:30-15:30 Keynote (Mike J. McNamee)
15:30-16:30 General Assembly
15:30-18:30 Adapted cycling - "Around the towns"
16:30-17:00 COFFEE BREAK
17:30-18:30 Parallel Session 5
19:30 Optional evening programme (sightseeing, pubseeing, culture)

17. 6. 2016
(place: Faculty of Physical Culture, tř. Míru 117, 49.5944531N, 17.2134739E)
8:00-9:00 Morning Sport Activities
10:00-11:30 Parallel Session 6
11:30-12:30 LUNCH
12:30-13:30 Poster session
13:30-15:00 Parallel Session 6
15:00-16:00 Keynote (Yves Vanlandenwijck)
16:00-16:30 Closing ceremony (Awards)
16:30-19:00 Time for meetings; roundtables; unfficial discussion (necessary early booking)
19:00-23:00 SOCIAL EVENING

EUCAPA detail programme of the presentations

Conference programme for download



International Volunteer Program Application Deadline: January 15th, 2016

It is our pleasure to announce that EUCAPA 2016 will host an international volunteer program to support EUFAPA student members.

International volunteer program will accept 10 students from European countries (including Turkey and Israel). The goal of the program is to enable volunteers to meet and work with academics and pioneers of adapted physical activity while serving at the symposium. Prerequisite to be become a volunteer is poster or verbal presentation at EUCAPA 2016. The IVP will start on June 13th and end on June 18th, 2016.

Travel costs belong to volunteers. The Organizing Committee will provide accommodation and meals. Volunteers will participate in an orientation on June 13th. This training aims to educate and support volunteers in their daily tasks and symposium responsibilities.

International Volunteer Program Application Deadline: January 15th, 2016

EUCAPA 2016 International Volunteer Program Application Guidelines

* Proof of student certificate (bachelor, master and PhD students) (.pdf format during application, original needs to be submitted at the beginning of the program).
* Recommendation letter from faculty (pdf format, max. 500 words) * Motivation letter (indicate why you want to volunteer, your university studies and APA experience) (.pdf format, max. 500 words)
* Proof of language skills (Standardized English exam test results for non-native speakers of English). As the official language of the symposium is English, you should be able to communicate and make yourself understood in English. Additional language skill(s) is a big plus.
* Abstract submissions (follow the abstract submission guidelines of EUCAPA 2016 and highlight with abstract submission that you are applying to IVP, too).

Please, send your inquiries and application (with subject heading APA ROAD via e-mail to IVP coordinator:
Tomas Vyhlidal (


Hotel NH Olomouc Congress 4* Superior

The NH Collection Olomouc Congress hotel is in a peaceful part of Olomouc, just minutes away from the city center. As for the building itself, it’s a contemporary showpiece, winning a prestigious award for its designer good looks.

* in a quiet setting just a 10-minute walk from the city center and sights like the UNESCO-protected Holy Trinity Column
* within easy reach of shops, bars and restaurants
* winner of Construction of the Year 2010 for its striking design and modern interiors

Our ultra-modern rooms team stylish decor with everything you need for a comfortable stay. They’re spacious, too.

* comfortable, soundproof rooms ensuring a good night’s sleep
* extras include Nespresso coffee machines and free Wi-Fi
* some rooms come with a fabulous view of the city center

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Address: Legionářská 1311/21, Olomouc, 77900

Reservations: +48 222441252

Booking: +420 585 575 111


GPS: 49.6012167N, 17.2465656E

Special prize for the EUCAPA conference participants:
99 EUR/single room
109 EUR/ double room
Password for registration: EUCAPA (if you do not use this, you will get the usual price)


Ibis Olomouc Centre ***

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The 3 star hotel ibis Olomouc Centre has its official opening planned on 1st May, 2012. Its location is in the city centre of Olomouc which is the second largest National Historic Reserve in the Czech Republic. The hotel offers 90 comfortable new generation ibis rooms, 3 modern meeting rooms with daylight and fully equipped with capacity up to 100 persons, hotel restaurant Sud&Cie and bar Rendez-vous offering local and international specialities.

Address: Wolkerova 29, 77900 Olomouc

Tel.: +420 585 722 111

Fax: +420 585 722 102

Booking: +420 585 722 122


GPS: 49°35'13.018"N, 17°14'36.260"E



Clarion Congress Hotel Olomouc****

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Clarion Congress Hotel Olomouc offers exceptional comfort in modern rooms and conference and gastronomy facilities with state-of-the-art equipment.

Thanks to the high standard of all services, an individual approach to clients and great location not far from the centre of Olomouc, the newly renovated hotel is the ideal location for your stay and for holding various types of social and conference events.

The hotel is located directly opposite the railway station, approximately 500 m from the bus station and has a superb transport connection to the motorway in the direction of Prague, Brno and Ostrava. There is a public transport stop which will take you into the city centre directly by the hotel.

The hotel has a total capacity of 126 rooms and suites - Clarion Congress Hotel Olomouc - your partner for accommodation in Olomouc.

Address: Jeremenkova 36, 779 00 Olomouc, Czech Republic
Tel.: +420 775 779 500
Fax: +420 234 712 460

GPS: 49°35'33.128"N, 17°16'32.723"E

Price range: 68-160 EUR


Hotel Flora

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Hotel Flora is a modern ten-storey hotel with international clientele, situated in a quiet part of the town of Olomouc, next to the city parks, where the flower show called Flora Olomouc is held. It is only a ten minute walk from the historical town centre. 
All rooms are equipped with a bathroom with shower (bath), toilet, telephone, SAT TV and minibar and have the WiFi technology available, which allows wireless connection to the internet. 

Address: Krapkova 34, 779 00 Olomouc, Czech Republic 
Tel.: +420 585 422 200 

GPS: 49°35'33.738"N, 17°16'32.641"E

Price range: 70-140 EUR


Ubytovna Marie - Hotel Marie Lodging House

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Marie Lodging House offers quality accommodation in 27 double rooms and 3 triple rooms with a total capacity of 63 beds.

Address: tř. Svobody 41, 772 00 Olomouc

Tel.: +420 585 220 220

Fax: +420 585 220 221


GPS: 49°35'26.377"N, 17°15'7.062"E

Price: low cost option


Three years, three excellent awards by the world’s prestigious guidebook. Lonely Planet made a list of the most beautiful, yet lesser known tourist destinations. It wasn’t the hot springs of Iceland, Gibraltar Rocks, Odysseus' Ithaca or Luxemburg that ranked in first place but the historical center of Olomouc! How to get there we suggest the following website adress -

The mini guidebook, Secret Europe, presents tourists with fifty cities from different parts of Europe. The largest, world-renowned guidebook publisher attracts tourists to Olomouc by saying that “in terms of tourism Olomouc can be equated to an authentic restaurant which is your own, small, personal secret. The Main Square is amongst the most enchanting in the country. It is surrounded by historical buildings. It is adorned by the Holy Trinity Column listed as the UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage. Magnificent churches, many of which host an exciting history, are scattered in the streets of the historical center. Explore the foundations of the ancient Olomouc castle in the Archdiocese Museum which is a must-see and then set out to one of the many pubs or mini-breweries”. In 2012, the publisher also awarded Olomouc by ranking it in the top ten most beautiful hidden treasures in Europe. One year later it was once again on the list of the recommended destinations in Moravia. “It’s beautiful as well as surprising for us. Lonely Planet is to tourist guidebooks what Michelin is to gastronomy. I perceive it as a win in the tourist Olympics,” responded Olomouc mayor, Martin Major, when he first heard of the award. “I am very pleased that the professional editor-in-chief of this publication truly appreciates the beauty of our city, its picturesque atmosphere and its uniqueness.

Apart from other things, Olomouc captivated them by the fact that it offers the same architectural treasures as Prague but without the crowds of tourists. It is definitely Olomouc’s advantage in comparison with our capital. However, despite repeated acclaim from the renowned guidebook, it may only be temporary”, mentioned the mayor, Major, with a smile. The deputy mayor, Jan Holpuch added, “I believe that this is an opportunity to introduce our beautiful city to many other tourists.” “I think that being awarded as a hidden treasure or undiscovered city will give Olomouc an even stronger stamp of attractiveness and will evoke more interest in potential visitors.”

Olomouc has been trying to advertise its beauty in a high-quality and systematic way. In the past years, this attempt has proved effective. Statistically as well as simply looking into the streets of the city center confirms that the number of tourists to Olomouc has truly increased. Olomouc is on the list of destinations offered by travel agencies as for example, one-day trips from Prague or as a part of the Vienna – Krakow route. “Greater advertising in cooperation with the agency CzechTourism certainly helped.

This agency gives Olomouc more space than before”, says Karin Vykydalová, head of the tourism department. “Acclaim from Lonely Planet obviously helps. Ideally, a visitor comes here based on the recommendation, is satisfied here and then recommends Olomouc to his friends back home”, adds Dušan Gavenda of the same department. Lonely Planet Secret Europe can be downloaded for free at:


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