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MOVE Congress 2019 takes shape with 21 speakers confirmed

With a little over four months to go until the 9th MOVE Congress, we are excited to announce that the programme is taking shape and 21 speakers are now confirmed to join us in Budapest from 16-18 October 2019.


Commissioner, Vice Mayor and World Champion headline opening

Budapest is the European Capital of Sport in 2019, and will be featured at the MOVE Congress opening by Deputy Mayor Alexandra Szalay-Bobrovniczky, who will officially welcome the delegates to the Hungarian capital. European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, Tibor Navracsics, is also a Hungarian native and will share his forecast for the future of grassroots sport as the new Commissioners take office.


Skipping World Champion Adrienn Bánhegyi is another prominent Hungarian who will take to the stage for an interactive skipping demonstration that will get as many people in the auditorium to “whip it, whip it good”. In a careful way, of course.

Tech-savvy keynotes to reveal how they gamified physical activity

Markos Aristides Kern is an entrepreneur who became a game-changer for squash and other grassroots racquet sports, attracting more people to the sport with his huge touch screens that take Nintendo Wii’s concept to the next level. He’ll show us how he did it.


Gino Singh brought the worlds of gaming, good old-fashioned storytelling and fitness together in a way that will transform your way of seeing these genres. His book Dungeons & Workouts and online TV channel Rocket Beans are designed to get screen addicts and workaholics up and moving – so expect to get drawn into his story at the MOVE Congress!


More keynote and track speakers will be revealed soon! The following speakers are the first confirmed to present in our parallel tracks:


Game-changers connecting physical activity and health

Dr Paul Bedford, Researcher, presenter & fitness industry expert, Retention Guru Ltd, UK

Dr Jacqueline Mair, Lecturer in Exercise Physiology, Edinburgh Napier University, UK

Dr Sami Kokko, Associate Professor, University of Jyväskylä Research Centre for Health Promotion, Finland

Miklós Tóth, President, Hungarian Society of Sports Science, Hungary

Carving a new niche with grassroots sport diplomacy

Professor Richard Parrish, Jean Monnet Chair of EU Sports Law and Policy, Edge Hill University, UK

Aaron Kearney, Consultant and Journalist, Griffith Asia Institute and AKS Media International, Australia

Silvija Mitevska, President, Together Advancing Common Trust (TAKT), North Macedonia


Redefining an “active lifestyle” with MOVEment Spaces

Hans Karssenberg, Founding Partner, STIPO and the City at Eye Level, Netherlands

Vivian Doumpa, Urban Planner and Geographer, Stipo, Greece

Levente Polyak, Urban Planner and Researcher, Critical Concrete, Hungary


Discovering new perspectives on physical activity promotion among school children

Professor Uwe Pühse, UNESCO Chair for Physical Activity and Health in Educational Settings, University of Basel, Switzerland

Dr Jayne Greenberg, Project Director, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, United States

Jakub Kalinowski, President, V4Sport, Active Healthy Kids Alliance Board Member, Poland

Zoltán Boronyai, Department of HEPA and PE, Hungarian School Sport Federation, Hungary


Opening new doors to funding and support

Agata Dziarnowska, Policy Officer, EU Sport Unit, Belgium

Kai Troll, President and CEO, ASSOCIATIONWORLD, Belgium


We are updating the programme regularly – please check this link for updates

Book your seat at the MOVE Congress by 30 June to take advantage of the €250 Early Bird fee