Annual Conference 2015

Annual Conference 2015

Registration for the ALR2015 conference is now open. The conference will be held February 22 - 25, 2015 at the Paradise Point Hotel in San Diego, CA.

Conference Registration and Fees

Register here for the conference.

Hotel Information

Information on how to make your hotel reservation is available on our Hotel Information page.

Conference Agenda

You can view each day's agenda. Details will be updated as they are confirmed.

Conference Theme

The theme of the 2015 conference, “The Science of Policy Implementation”, explores the process of taking scientific findings from the research field of active living to inform policies, then ensuring the policies are put into practice to increase population-level physical activity.

Policies to promote active living in communities and schools are becoming common, but these policies are often not implemented as intended or not implemented at all. Every policy, planning, or programmatic intervention needs to go through a process of implementation. In part because of implementation, a policy drawn in Capitol Hill, or a State Capitol, may end up looking very different when it reaches a local main street. For example, engineers, government officials, private businesses, claimant groups, and citizens at large all have different perspectives about why a state policy on complete streets should be applied very differently across municipalities and regions. Despite differences in the policy process across countries, there is also much to learn from international experiences.

We have come to understand that the process of implementation plays an important role in determining the success of interventions. Implementation also brings together the science and the practice. Implementation science needs to be applied to active living. What predicts which policies are implemented well? What strategies can practitioners apply to improve policy implementation? How can advocates monitor the quality of implementation? With a growing body of research around policy implementation, the conference theme this year recognizes the importance of policy implementation for active living research and practice.

Research and Practice/Policy Focus Areas

Our aim is to make the ALR conference the premier venue for both cutting-edge research and for making findings useable by non-scientists. Thus, the 2015 conference agenda will have two focus areas: research and practice/policy. The focus areas apply to both presentations and workshops.

The goal of including two focus areas is to encourage a broad audience to attend the conference and provide more opportunities for exchange on how to use evidence to increase physical activity in many settings. It is anticipated that the program will be comprised of approximately 2/3 research-oriented and 1/3 practice/policy-oriented presentations, with some overlap. Instead of having separate sessions, research and practice/policy presentations will be integrated and organized by topic area. Our hope is that researchers will identify new policy-relevant research questions and practitioners and policy-makers will identify new research findings they can apply. All attendees will have developed new collaborations.

Volunteer Information

There will be a limited number of volunteer positions available for students and attendees from less economically developed countries. Postdoctoral scholars are not eligible to apply. Volunteers will be asked to pay a nominal fee of $100 to attend the conference and must be willing to work at least 6 hours to be considered. Additional information and an application form are available here. Applications are due by January 16, 2015.

Date: 
Sunday, February 22, 2015 to Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Location: 
San Diego, CA