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Paralympic sports - 24. October 2012.

VISTA 2013 to focus on equipment and technology in Paralympic sports

The sixth International Paralympic Committee (IPC) VISTA conference for scientists and experts in sport for athletes with an impairment will be held in Bonn, Germany from 1-4 May 2013.

The 2013 edition of VISTA will have some of the world's leading experts on technology and equipment in Paralympic sport travel to Bonn to discuss in-depth issues that made global headlines during the recent London 2012 Paralympic Games.

Keynote speakers for VISTA will be announced shortly, however issues that will be covered include fair use of equipment and technology, products from grassroots developments to high-tech applications and whether they enhance performance or are even necessary for performance.

Other topics on the agenda include: cycling propulsion, athlete healthcare, education and awareness, classification, technology developments in snow sports, social legacies, and media, marketing and sponsorship.

Peter Van de Vliet, IPC Medical and Scientific Director, said: "The IPC is excited for academics, experts and athletes to come together to discuss the crucial role of equipment and technology at both the grassroots and elite levels of sport, as well as Paralympic classification and athlete health and safety.

"VISTA 2013 will allow the perfect environment for this exchange of information among leaders in the field from around the world."

At VISTA 2013, the IPC will also present the Paralympic Scientific Award in recognition of the work of one individual for his or her contribution to research in the field of sports for people with an impairment.

To be eligible for this award, candidates must have contributed through significant scientific publications related to the scientific study of sport for people with impairment in any discipline, have received national or international recognition their work and place an emphasis on practical application of research with direct or indirect benefit to the Paralympic Movement.

The conference will take place at Bonn's Gustav-Stresemann Institute, with the closing banquet coinciding with the famous firework spectacle "Rhein in Flammen."

VISTA is designed to promote and advance the mission, goals, objectives and reputation of the IPC and provides a platform for sport scientists to meet with experts in the field of sport for athletes with an impairment.

It provides a forum for exchange on the latest information, research and expertise related to the Paralympic Movement and promotes cross-disciplinary interaction among sport scientists, athletes, coaches, administrators and the media.

The last event in 2010, also held in Bonn, attracted nearly 250 people from around the world.

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