International Symposium

Is our young generation physically fit? Are they physically active enough to maintain sufficient health and fitness? To answer these questions, a symposium aimed to bring together current research findings and initiatives from Asia-Pacific region has been organized by the Department of Sports Science and Physical Education at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Through discussions, debates, and dialogues, we can enlighten our understanding and knowledge in youth fitness. Such theme will also provides significant inspiration for policy making and project planning within our communities, schools, and families. Keynote speaker from Australia, and other invited speakers from Asia including Japan, Singapore, Taiwan, Malaysia, Thailand, and Hong Kong will share their research findings and current promotion projects or initiatives within their regions. So mark your calendar and save the date to join us at this meaningful occasion on 20th May, 2017!

Key Dates

Registration Opens:
February 2017
Abstract Submission:
1st February to 26th March, 2017
Abstract Acceptance Result:
10th April, 2017
Registration Deadline:
30th April, 2017 (10th May for Local participants ONLY)
Symposium Date:
20th May, 2017

Supporting Organizations
( not in order of precedence )

Keynote Speaker

University of North Dakota, ND, USA

Grant R. Tomkinson is an Associate Professor of the Department of Kinesiology and Public Health Education at the University of North Dakota. Passionate about fitness, activity and adiposity of young people, Grant also has a special interest in how different populations have changed over time. He has shown conclusively for the first time that young people’s aerobic fitness has declined worldwide since 1975, and his findings have generated major media and public attention. Grant received his B.Sp.Sc. degree from the University of New South Wales in 1998, and B.A.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of South Australia in 1999 and 2004, respectively. He has published over 40 peer-reviewed manuscripts and has generated over 1200 citations. He is currently the Chair of Active Healthy Kids Australia (AHKA), the Asia-Pacific Lead for the Active Healthy Kids Global Alliance (AHKGA), the Chief Lead Investigator on Australia’s Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Young People, and a Young Tall Poppy Science Award winner.

Invited Speakers

The Asia-Fit project involved 9 scientists from 8 major metropolitan cities in Asia, including Hong Kong, Shanghai, Tokyo, Singapore, Seoul, Kuala Lumpur, Taipei, and Bangkok. Since 2014, they have investigated the levels of physical activity, fitness and obesity of youth in their respective regions. Six of the scholars will be invited to present their findings, trends, ideas, and initiatives which will help policy makers, P.E. teachers, and other stakeholders to better understand the effectiveness of various exercise and sports promotion strategies in different countries / regions, and to plan for future directions.

Team Members:

Nanyang Technological University

Stanley HUI
Chinese University of Hong Kong
Hong Kong, China

Mahidol University
Bangkok, Thailand

Yiing Mei LIOU
National Yang-Ming University
Taipei, Taiwan

Bee Koon POH
National University of Malaysia
Selangor, Malaysia

Juntendo University
Tokyo, Japan

Symposium Rundown

Saturday, 20th May, 2017
09:00-09:30Opening Ceremony
09:30-10:45Keynote Speech: Physical fitness of children and adolescents: International temporal trends and cross-country comparisons
Prof. Grant Tomkinson (University of North Dakota)
10:45-11:15Coffee Break
11:15-12:30Plenary Sessions and Panel Discussions: Physical activity and fitness of adolescents in Southeast Asia: The Asia Fit Project
Prof. G. Balasekaran, Prof. S. Hui, Prof. K. Kijboonchoo, Prof. Y.M. Liou, Prof. B.K. Poh, Prof. K. Suzuki
12:30-13:30Lunch Break
13:30-14:30Poster Presentation
14:30-15:30Parallel Sessions A
Workshop A1 on P.E. Teachers:
Cross strait three regions PE teachers’ continuing professional development programmes in China – practices and challenges
Prof. Raymond SUM (SSPE, CUHK)
Workshop A2 on Fitness Training:
Roles & strategies of physical fitness development in early childhood

Mr. Sam WONG & HKPFA instructors (HKPFA)
15:45-16:45Parallel Sessions B
Workshop B1 on P.E. Activities:
Gamifying fitness activities in school physical education

Prof. Amy HA (SSPE, CUHK)
Workshop B2 on EIM in Asia:
1) Why EIM for medical & healthcare professionals?
2) Why EIM for children?
Dr. Wing Yuk IP & Dr. Patrick IP (EIM Hong Kong)
17:00-17:30Closing Ceremony and Best Poster Award Presentation
19:00-21:00Farewell Dinner


Advisory Committee
Professor Alvin LEUNG
  • Dean, Faculty of Education, CUHK
Professor Yoshiro HATANO
  • Retired Professor, Kyushu University
  • Father of 10,000 Steps
Organising Committee
Professor Stanley HUI
  • Professor, SSPE, CUHK
Professor Kenneth CHENG
  • Assistant Professor, SSPE, CUHK
Ms. Juanita CHEUNG
  • Lecturer, SSPE, CUHK
Ms. Michelle WONG
  • Project Coordinator, SSPE, CUHK

Scientific Committee
Professor Stephen WONG
  • Professor, SSPE, CUHK
Professor Amy HA
  • Professor, SSPE, CUHK
Professor Lobo LOUIE
  • Associate Professor, Department of Physical Education,
    Hong Kong Baptist University
Professor Duncan MACFARLANE
  • Associate Professor, School of Public Health,
    The University of Hong Kong
Professor Cindy SIT
  • Associate Professor, SSPE, CUHK
Professor Raymond SUM
  • Assistant Professor, SSPE, CUHK
Prof. Fenghua SUN
  • Assistant Professor, Dept. of Health and Physical Education, The Education University of Hong Kong

Call for Poster Presentation Submission

Submission Deadline: 26th March, 2017
The ISPAFY 2017 conference welcomes your abstracts for poster presentations. The submission period is 1 st February to 26th March, 2017. All submissions should be made using the submission form, which can be downloaded from:

Acceptance of poster presentation will be informed by 10th April 2017, and the first author of the poster submission MUST register for the conference and present in person from 13:30 to 14:30 on 20th May, 2017 at the poster exhibition hall of the conference.

Poster presentations provide participants the opportunity to present and share original works related to our conference topics. The 60-minute poster presentation session provides an interactive forum for authors to discuss their work with all other conference participants.
  • Presenters will be assigned locations to put up their posters, which will be organized by topic.
  • Poster boards and pushpins will be supplied, and posters should be attached to the boards for display.
  • Presenters are encouraged to bring 1-page handouts to accompany their posters.
  • Poster presentation abstracts are limited to 400 words.
  • Poster abstracts should follow a standard format, which include: Title, Introduction, Objectives/Hypotheses, Method, Results, and Conclusions.
  • Completed abstract submission form should be e-mailed to:
    ISPAFY 2017 Secretariat
    with "ISPAFY 2017 Abstract Submission" as the e-mail subject.

Best Poster Presentation Award
Presenter may opt to participate in the “Best Poster Presentation Award” when submitting your abstract submission form. A selection panel will visit the posters during poster presentation session and to score the presentation. The top three ranked presentations will receive a certificate and a cash award of HK$2,000, HK$1,000, and HK$500 respectively.


Registration Deadline: 30th April, 2017
You may now register for the ISPAFY 2017 conference by filling and returning the registration form to the ISPAFY 2017 Secretariat (e-mail: The fillable registration form can be downloaded from:

Registration Fee         with Farewell Dinner         without Farewell Dinner        
Oversea scholars HK$1014 (~US$130) HK$ 780 (~US$100)
Oversea students HK$  780 (~US$100) HK$ 546 (~US$  70)
Local attendees * Not available HK$ 250
* This symposium is recognized by HKPFA (5 CECs for 1 day attendance, 2 CECs for ½ day attendance)


For oversea attendees, we recommend you to consider the hotels listed below that provide special discounts when you participate in the ISPAFY2017 conference in Hong Kong.

(~10 min by taxi) (group code: AFYGAP)

Contact: ISPAFY 2017 Conference Secretariat
Tel: +(852) 3943 5346