Mission and work plan
The mission of the Collaborating Centre at the DSS is to support WHO in its endeavor to inspire and enable more people to be physically active. Support activities specifically include but are not limited to
- 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
The current workplan of the Centre (2018–2021) includes the following thematic areas:
- Assistance to WHO in supporting countries intending to develop national physical activity recommendations
- Support for the Eupasmos project on the harmonization of approaches and instruments for measuring physical activity prevalence rates at the national level.
- Assistance to WHO for the coordination of the EU/WHO Physical Actvity Focal Point Network, including assistance in the development of the EU/WHO Physical Activity Country Fact Sheets
- Assistance to WHO in the further development of the European Health Information Gateway
- In addition, the Centre provides support to WHO as needed on emerging topics and health threats related to physical activity, e.g. regarding restrictions of physical activity opportunities imposed during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The core team at the Centre consists of researchers representing a variety of different backgrounds with expertise in epidemiology, sport science, and psychology, sociology and political science. Staff members’ research interests cover a broad range of fields, including physical activity surveillance, physical activity in children and in people with chronic conditions, as well as health policy and policy monitoring.
The Centre is led by two co-directors and strategically coordinated by a team of senior researchers recruited from the Division of Physical Activity and Health and the Division for Physical Activity and Public Health at the Department of Sport Science and Sport at FAU. In addition to its permanent members, the Centre also relies on the specific expertise of additional DSS researchers for select activities.