International Play Conference in Glasgow!

The International Play Association Conference will be held in Glasgow from Tuesday 6th to Friday 9th June 2023.

The 22nd IPA Triennial World Conference is coming to Glasgow!

Find out more about the conference here.

The International Play Association is happy to announce that the conference will be held from Tuesday 6th to Friday 9th June 2023 at Glasgow Caledonian University.

Play Scotland is delighted to be on the steering group for delivering the conference and chairing the subgroup for Children & Young People’s participation.

The theme of the conference next year is Play: Rights & Responsibilities.

The sub-themes of the conference are:

  • Play and the realisation of other rights
  • Play and the creation of environments
  • Play and the quality of childhood
  • Play and children’s entitlement to optimum development
  • Play and resilience

There are a number of ways to get involved in the conference. We will be looking for submissions to present from academics and practitioners. There are stalls and exhibiting spaces as well as space for adverts in printed materials.

Tickets will go on sale shortly, and there will be a discounted option for members of IPA World. Find out more about IPA World here.

The conference will be held over 4 days, with the Friday being a Field Day where delegates will be visiting local play spaces and projects.

We are looking for an official sponsor for the conference so please do get in touch if you are interested! Get in touch with Play Scotland here.

The IPA Triennial World Conference brings together dedicated play researchers, advocates, designers, practitioners, providers and policymakers from around the globe to celebrate play, understand its many benefits and provide all children with the chance to engage in rich, meaningful, free play.

You should consider attending the conference if you work in Playwork, Play Provision, Social Work, Education, Early Years, Research, Design, Planning, Health, Play Therapy, Youth Work, Recreation, Child & Youth Advocacy, Children’s Rights, Psychology, Architecture, Landscape Design, Children’s Geographies, Play Policy, Parks and Community Services.

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