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Welcome to the WHO Collaborating Centre for Physical Activity and Public Health at FAU

The Department of Sport Science and Sport (DSS) at Friedrich-Alexander University (FAU) is one of more than 800 high-ranking academic institutions globally that support the World Health Organization (WHO) in areas such as nursing, occupational health, communicable diseases, nutrition, mental health, chronic diseases and health technologies.

The DSS is one of only three Collaborating Centres (WHO CCs) that are entirely dedicated to the topic of physical activity. The WHO Regional Office for Europe first designated the DSS as a Collaborating Centre in 2014 and renewed the designation for another four years in 2018.

The purpose of the Collaborating Centre at the DSS is to support the WHO Regional Office for Europe and WHO Headquarters in conducting research on physical activity, preparing scientific publications and reports for policy and practice, conducting international seminars to build capacities for physical activity promotion, and conducting country missions to support advise national governments on physical activity policy.

Current activities of the Centre include:

  1. Support for WHO by conducting research in the field of physical activity surveillance and physical activity policy monitoring.
  2. Support for capacity building and evidence gathering in the context of the WHO/EU Network of Physical Activity Focal Points.
  3. Support in the implementation of the Physical Activity Strategy for the WHO European Region and the WHO Global Physical Activity Action Plan.
  4. Support for country work of the WHO Regional Office for Europe to support national governments in the development of their own physical activity policy.