PWP history

The European Group of Pediatric Work Physiology – Children and Exercise

The origins of the European Group of Pediatric work Physiology (PWP) lie in a café in Berlin where, in 1967, a group of eight scientists met over a few litres of German beer to discuss children and exercise. These pioneers decided to organise a small conference dedicated to pediatric work physiology in Dortmund, in 1968. There is no record of how many papers were presented in Dortmund but PWP II held in Liblice, Czechoslovakia, in 1969 consisted of 16 papers which were published by the University of Karlova Press. From these humble beginnings PWP conferences have developed into internationally recognized meetings of scientific excellence with each conference attracting delegates from about 30 countries. Meetings normally include 100-120 oral and poster presentations and the proceedings are generally published as a book entitled, ‘Children and Exercise’.

PWP is not a society and there are no formal officers. It is sustained by the principles of friendship and fellowship and devoted to the promotion of scientific excellence in the study of exercising healthy, talented and sick children. The PWP Board consists of the chairs of the previous PWP conferences. The Board meets at each PWP conference to listen and to respond to the views of the PWP family and to decide conference chairs and venues for the next two or three meetings.

PWP meetings attract both established, world leading scientists and new researchers in pediatric exercise science. The PWP conference traditionally consists of keynote lectures, free communications and poster presentations with no parallel sessions and an emphasis throughout on time for discussion of issues relating to the exercising child.

The European Group of Pediatric Work Physiology – Children and Exercise has organized the following international symposia:

Symposium Date Place Chair
I 1968 Dortmund, Germany J. Rutenfranz
II 1969 Liblice, Czechoslovakia V.S. Seliger
III 1970 Stockholm, Sweden C. Thoren
IV 1972 Netanya, Israel O. Bar-Or
V 1973 De Haan, Belgium M. Hebblinck
VI 1974 Sec, Czechoslovakia M. Macek
VII 1975 Trois Rivieres, Canada R.J. Shephard
VIII 1976 Bisham Abbey, UK C.T.M. Davies
IX 1978 Marstand, Sweden BO. Eriksson
X 1981 Jousta, Finland J. Ilmarinen
XI 1983 Papendahl, Netherlands R.A. Binkhorst
XII 1985 Hardenhausen, Germany J. Rutenfranz
XIII 1987 Hurdal, Norway S. Oseid
XIV 1989 Leuven, Belgium G. Beunen
XV 1989 Seregelyes, Hungary R. Frenkl
XVI 1991 St Sauves, France J. Coudert/E. Van Praagh
XVII 1993 Hamilton, Canada* O. Bar-Or
XVIII 1995 Odense, Denmark K. Froberg
XIX 1997 Exeter, UK N. Armstrong
XX 1999 Rome, Italy A. Calzolari
XXI 2001 Corsedonk, Belgium D. Matthys
XXII 2003 Porto, Portugal J. Maia
XXIII 2005 Gwatt, Switzerland S. Kriemler/N. Farpour Lambert
XXIV 2007 Tallinn, Estonia T. Jürimäe
XXV 2009 Le Touquet, France G. Baquet / S. Berthoin
XXVI 2010 Niagara,Canada* B. Timmons
XXVII 2011 Mawgan Porth, UK C.A. Williams
XXVIII 2013 Anadia, Portugal M. Coelho-e-Silva

*joint meetings with the North American Society of Pediatric Exercise Medicine

PWP XXIX will be held in Utrecht, the Netherlands under the chairmanship of  Tim Takken and Marco van Brussel. PWP XXX will be held in Thessaloniki, Greece under the chairmanship of Professor Christos Kotzamanidis and prof Alon Eliakim.

PWP 2013

The Josef Rutenfranz Lectures

Professor Dr Josef Rutenfranz was the leader of the group of eight scientists who conceived PWP in a café in Berlin in 1967. He organised and chaired the first PWP Symposium in Dortmund in 1968 and remained the ‘unofficial’ Chairman of the Board’ until his untimely death, at the age of 60, on 28 February 1989. At PWP XV in Hungary later that year it was decided, in his honour, that each subsequent PWP Symposium should begin with the Josef Rutenfranz Lecture.

The following lists the lecturers and their presentations:

1991  Per-Olaf Astrand: “Children and Adolescents: Performance Measurements,    Education”.

1993   Dan M. Cooper:  “New Horizons in Paediatric Exercise Research”.

1995   Oded Bar-Or:  “Safe Exercise for the Child with a Chronic Disease”.

1997 Han C.G. Kemper:  “A Scientific Voyage through Research in Children’s Health – From Heart via Muscle to Bone”

1999   Frank Galioto: “The Challenges of the Future; Are We Ready?”

2001    Anna Farkas: “What About Girls?”

2003    Gaston Beunen: “Physical Growth, Maturation and Performance: Back to the Future”.

2005    Thomas McKenzie: “School-based Interventions to Promote Physical Activity in Children”. 

2007   Willem Van Mechelen:  “A Behavioural and Ecological Perspective to Energy-Balance-Related Behaviours in Children”

2009 Emmanuel Van Praagh: “The Child as a Source of Mechanical Power”

2010 Viswanath Unnithan:  “Preventative Efficacy of Team Sports: Cardiovascular and Cardiorespiratory Insights for Health and Performance”

2011   Neil Armstrong:  “From Playground to Podium”

2013   Robert Malina:  “Youth, Sport and Physical Activity”