Guests from seven nations attend “European Conference on Physical Education and School Sport”
Guests from seven nations attended the “European Conference on Physical Education and School Sport” organized by the Willibald Gebhardt Institute on October 17 and 18, 2022. WGI President Dr. Heinz Aschebrock and the co-hosts of the WGI conference were able to welcome renowned experts on these highly relevant issues in the premises of WWU Weiterbildung in Münster’s old town. Prof. Nils Neuber welcomed all attendees on behalf of the Institute of Sports Science of the WWU Münster as co-organizer, Dr. Claude Scheuer from the University of Luxembourg held a welcome address on behalf of CEREPS, the European Council for Research in Physical Education & School Sport.
The conference, which in the year of the 30th anniversary of the founding of the WGI formed one of the main events for the affiliate-institute of the WWU Münster, focused on three main topics. The effects of the Corona pandemic on physical activity behavior and school sports in Slovenia, Italy, the Münsterland region and from a European perspective were highlighted in four conference papers. Other presentations dealt with the topics of quality and monitoring of physical activity behavior and school sports, for example in Finland, Hungary, Italy and the Netherlands. A panel discussion, chaired by Prof. Roland Naul, the initiator of the “European Conference” and project partner of the WGI, on the topic “What quality of physical education do we need in Europe?” rounded off the conference program.
Many young scientists from the Institute of Sport Science and other universities in North Rhine-Westphalia also took the opportunity for an intensive exchange with the international experts. The Ministry for School and Education of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia also participated in the WGI conference. “We are pleased about the positive response and the intensive exchange at the international conference. With this event, initiated by Roland Naul, the WGI has once again shown the added value of networking at local, regional and international level, especially for the area of knowledge transfer into practice – for which the framework of the European Conference was a perfect setting”, Dr. Heinz Aschebrock summarized the two-day event in Münster.