Outdoor Sports Innovations – inspiring sustainable and active citizens.

We are facing major challenges in our society and outdoor sports can play their part in helping to tackle these. The climate and associated biodiversity crises are always close to our hearts as outdoor sports enthusiast and so will be a key theme again at the 2024 Euro’meet. However, aligned to this there are human health challenges with mental well-being especially among young people raising significant concern. Physical activity continues to be a major contributing factor to health and well-being. Inactivity is, however, still a challenge in all countries across Europe.  We need innovative, stimulating and inclusive solutions that will help people to be more active throughout the life course.

The poster presentation sessions will provide you with an opportunity to share innovative research findings, project results or innovative programmes that have genuinely made a difference in people’s lives.

Mike mcclure, enos chairman

They will provide an opportunity for delegates gain knowledge and insights from projects from all across Europe. Poster presentations should last no more than 5 minutes and provide a further 5 minutes for questions. There will also be plenty of network time if delegates want more detailed information on your project.

 *Posters should be designed to be printed on A0 paper

Topics of the conference for the poster presentations:

1.       Outdoor sports innovations for tackling climate change and environmental issues

This theme will focus on how outdoor sports can and should be at the forefront of the race to net zero emissions and nature restoration through innovative nature based solutions and restorative positive mechanisms. It will also look at how we can help to promote the messaging on climate friendly solutions and nature restoration in new and dynamic ways to both outdoor enthusiasts and people in general. We will hear from experts and local heroes who are making a difference in their behaviours but also influencing others. We will explore and discuss what needs to be done to effect urgent and dramatic change. We cannot manage what we do not know, so the use of online and technological solutions to help understand environmental impact and circular knowledge will be showcased through this theme.

2.       Outdoor sports innovations for tackling well-being inequalities.

This theme will focus on how outdoor sports can support those who are facing the challenge of poor health by providing innovative low cost / no cost solutions that can genuinely make a difference to improve health and well-being (both physical and mental). There is significant evidence of the importance of being active in green space to reduce health risks but also in promoting recovery. There are clubs, federations, public institutions and organisations that are providing amazing solutions and we want to hear about these and share the ideas more broadly across Europe.

3.       Outdoor sports innovations for tackling physical inactivity

The most recent Euro-barometer on Sport and Physical Activity reports that 45% of Europeans report that they never exercise or play sport. However, it is lower for women and girls and also for those living with a disability or among those who face financial difficulties. Taking part in competitive and high energy sport can seem unrealistic for many people but innovation in the outdoor sports sector can provide great opportunities for people to take the first steps into a more active lifestyle. This workshop will focus on how we get more people from all aspects of society to be more active more of the time and thereby receive the physical, mental and social health benefits of being active in nature.

This is the call for poster presentations and if selected, the posters themselves if selected will need to be provided by 10th August 2024 in PDF format

Please note that the Euro’meet aims to be very participatory and to engage the participants in discussion, idea generation and feedback. The poster presentation should not just provide data and results but provoke further discussion and thought development through appropriate questions and follow up points.