NWU to host world-renowned experts at first ever BRICSCESS and SASMA joint conference

Belinda Bantham -- Tue, 05/21/2019 - 15:52

NWU to host world-renowned experts at first ever BRICSCESS and SASMA joint conference

According to the World Economic Forum, the BRICS economies will be the most competitive of all countries in the coming years and are distinguished by their significant regional and global influence.

The health and wellness of people are at the top of the agenda of these governments in order to connect fast economic growth with a better quality of life.

For the first time in history, BRICS Council of Exercise and Sports Science (BRICSCESS) and the South African Sports Medicine Association (SASMA) will present a joint conference, hosted by the North-West University (NWU).

This collaboration will see the 1st World Congress of Future Leaders/Volunteers (WCFLV) and the 2nd BRICSCESS Congress focusing together on the way forward for holistic health, sports science and sustainability.

The BRICS Council of Exercise and Sports Science (BRICSCESS) was founded in recognition of the need to address the specific concerns of BRICS with respect to the health and wellness of the people in the regions.

The conference aims to contribute to enhancing the quality of life through physical activity and sport among the BRICS regions in particular, but also in the rest of the world. The conference will also be supported by leading researchers in their respective fields, sharing evidence-based outcomes in sport science and medicine.

The purpose of BRICSCESS is to promote communication, interaction and cooperation among all academic institutions, research institutes, universities, researchers and students in the field of exercise relating to exercise and sports science and in BRICS educational, scientific and research institutions in order to enhance health and wellness in BRICS countries. In particular, BRICSCESS seeks to promote and facilitate communication among young researchers, future leaders and students in BRICS countries.

According to the NWU’s Prof Hans de Ridder and the president of BRICSCESS, the conference will be hosted in Cape Town from 8 to 11 October 2019. The theme of the event will be “Holistic Health, Sports Science and Sustainability: The Way Forward”.

“This will be a first for Africa and it is indeed a great honour to have this truly global event sponsored by my own institution, the NWU,” he says. “We feel very honoured to be the second country in the BRICS family to present this BRICSCESS world conference. BRICSCESS 2019 and WCFLV 2019 promise to be fantastic events and also an experience that will live in our memories for many years to come.”

Twenty-six internationally renowned speakers and delegates representing 23 countries and regions worldwide will be present this year. The three-and-a-half-day conference is formatted to interweave thought-provoking group sessions with colleague interaction and impromptu dialogue exchange in informal settings.

For more information and to access the preliminary programme of this conference, please visit http://sasmabricscess2019.co.za/.