Program

The IPA World Conference brings together a diverse group of participants from across the entire play spectrum including play researchers, advocates, designers, educators, providers and policymakers. Contributions to the conference are welcome from all those dedicated to promoting the child’s right to play, and studying or supporting children’s play or play environments – including from the arenas of play provision and recreation, health, learning and education, policy and advocacy, as well as design and planning.

We are working hard to bring you the most informative sessions, the best keynote speakers and the most interesting discussions about play! We will continue to update this schedule so please check back regularly.

 

Sunday – Tuesday

Pre-conference Tours – information can be found here.

Tuesday Sept 12th

Early Registration 5:30pm-8:30pm

Wednesday Sept 13th

Morning
Registration Open
Opening Ceremonies
Play Break
Plenary Session 1

Lunch – included in registration cost
1.5 hours of free time

Afternoon
Presentation Session 1 & 2
Poster Session 1
Play Break

Evening
Opening Reception

Thursday Sept 14th

Morning
Registration Open
Presentation Session 3
Play Break
Plenary Session 2

Lunch – included in registration cost
1.5 hours of free time

Afternoon
Presentation Session 4 & 5
Poster Session 2
Play Break

Evening
Time on your own to explore Calgary and everything it has to offer

Friday Sept 15th

Morning
Registration Open
Presentation Session 6
Play Break
Plenary Session 3

Lunch – included in registration cost
1.5 hours of free time

Afternoon
Presentation Session 7
IPA General Meeting

Evening
President’s Reception (IPA Members Only)
On your own to explore Calgary, Beakerhead, and network with your new friends.

Saturday Sept 16th

Morning
Presentation Sessions 8 & 9
Play Break
Plenary Session 3

Lunch and Closing Ceremonies – included in cost of registration

Afternoon
Children’s Play Event

Evening
Unleash the Celebration event at Telus Spark
– extra ticket required
Join us to Unleash the Celebration at our Red and White event to close the conference! A night of food, drinks, demonstrations and dancing will finalize our four days of learning, listening and networking. Experience six exhibits that embrace play and learning with your fellow conference delegates, discover the science behind being human, explore your creative side, investigate Alberta’s unique geology and train your brain at an outdoor adventure space all while dressed in the colours of Canada.