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MOVE Week webinar 2: Public Space and Physical Activity During and After COVID-19

What are the challenges and opportunities for cities in a post-COVID reality? How can cities support safe participation in leisure, physical and sport activity in the realm of the city and public spaces? Is the fear factor something that will stop people from being physically active in public spaces? Is COVID-19 the new best promoter of physical activity? Have people's attitudes towards the everyday use of public space changed and how?


The second MOVE Week webinar on Wednesday 3 June at 17:00 CEST aims to answer the above and many other questions we all have.


Our expert speakers from world-renowned and award-winning organisations Gehl, Placemaking Europe and GAME will share examples – both good and bad – of tackling the need for a "new normal" in cities. We will discuss the opportunities created by the COVID-19 lockdown regulations.


We will zoom in on the following topics:

  • The Human Right to MOVE: Why we need to make sure that people keep exercising and have the opportunity to be physically active.
  • The challenges in front of cities to secure the safety and health of their citizens by introducing new physical distancing regulations and securing spaces and places where people can be physically active.
  • How cities are different for people from different backgrounds, and we will discuss how to tackle the significant inequality in health for those groups.
  • How people’s attitudes towards the everyday use of public spaces is changing, or not.
  • Looking into the future of cities.


ISCA is set to host this free webinar at GoTo Meeting on Wednesday 3 June from 17:00-18:45 CEST. We hope to see you there! Sign up here to join in.



Laska Nenova, NowWeMOVE Campaign Manager, Bulgaria

Laska has led ISCA’s NowWeMOVE campaign in Europe since 2014 and is a board member of Placemaking Europe.



Mogens Kirkeby, ISCA President

With a Master of Science within Recreational Sport Management and Political Science, an undergraduate background in recreational sport and international experience to his credit, he acquired the position as ISCA’s Secretary General in 1998. In 2007 he was nominated by ISCA’s Danish member organisation, the Danish Gymnastics and Sports Associations (DGI), for the post of President at ISCA.


Jeff Risom, Partner and Chief Innovation Officer at Gehl – Making Cities for People, Denmark

Jeff is the Chief Innovation Officer at Gehl, leading a team dedicated to service development and applied innovation. His focus is on the relationship between human experience and design and works to apply people-first design principals to communal ecosystems, such as streets, public space, food systems, and energy. With degrees in Architectural Engineering from the US and City Design and Social Science from London School of Economics, Jeff’s multi-disciplinary background has shaped his cross-cutting holistic approach to all projects. He has worked with both public and private clients as well as non-governmental organisations in Europe, USA, Latin America, India and China.


Ramon Marrades, Chief Strategy and Financial Officer at La Marina de València, Placemaking Europe Board Member, Spain

Ramon is an urban economist and activist turned a creative bureaucrat and placemaker. He is currently the chief strategy officer at La Marina de València, Valencia’s waterfront redevelopment agency and a board member of Placemaking Europe and the Worldwide Network of Port Cities (AIVP). Ramon is co-editor of the book “Our City? Countering Exclusion in Public Space” (2019). His work focuses on the interface between public space and economic development.

Simon Prahm, Co-founder & CEO at GAME, Denmark

Simon is the co-founder and CEO of GAME, an international street sport NGO based in Denmark. GAME has expanded its award-winning sport for development work to Lebanon and Malta in recent years. The are 26 GAME street sport facilities in Denmark, 9 in Lebanon and 1 in Malta.


Marie Traasdahl Staal, Head of Innovation and Programming at GAME, Denmark



Rachel Payne, Communications Manager at ISCA, Denmark

Rachel is a journalist and academic with a PhD in sports journalism. As well as being ISCA's Communications Manager, she has worked as a writer and editor for newspapers, academic journals and magazines, and as an English language advisor to academics, think tanks Mandag Morgen and Think Tank EUROPA, Anti-Doping Denmark and other non-profit organisations in Denmark.


Register here to attend this free webinar