The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has opened the call for abstracts for next August's VISTA 2011 Conference which will be held in Bonn, Germany

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Designed to promote and advance the mission, goals, objectives and reputation of the IPC, the VISTA Conference provides a platform for sport scientists to meet with experts in the field of sport for athletes with a disability. VISTA 2011, the fifth edition of the conference, is set to be the premier gathering of scientists, coaches, athletes, officials and administrators to exchange scientific knowledge and expertise and promote cross-disciplinary professional interaction in Paralympic Sport.

Due to a need for greater opportunities to discuss and exchange knowledge, the conference has become an important international event for elite sport for athletes with a disability. And with the theme 'A Multidisciplinary Approach to Paralympic Success', open communication on different topics is certain to bring about new and exciting discussions.

Ahead of the conference, the IPC is inviting members of the Paralympic community to send in their abstracts in the following areas:

- Athlete Development Models & Career Pathways
- Classification
- Coaching Innovation
- Education & Awareness
- Ethics
- Equity in Sport: gender, athlete with high support needs, etc.
- Integration / Development / Recruitment
- Media / Marketing / Sponsoring
- Sport Management: Organization & Administration
- Social Legacies
- Sport performance - Exercise physiology, Advances in training techniques, Technical development, Sports medicine
- Youth in Paralympic Sport

Keynote addresses will also be given during the conference on the following priority themes for the Paralympic Movement by leading experts:

- International Sport Development
- Challenges and Opportunities for the Paralympic Movement: Ethical and Conceptual Issues
- Classification in the Paralympic Movement

The VISTA Conference next year will build on the success of previous events held in Jasper (Canada, 1993), Cologne (Germany, 1999), Bollnas (Sweden, 2003) and Bonn (Germany, 2006). Taking place from 31 August to 3 September, VISTA 2011, will be the principal conference for the Paralympic community.

Details on the conference, including registration and abstract submission procedures are available from the IPC Website at www.paralympic.org/events.
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