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GRANADA, 12th JUNE 2017


The International Symposium «ACTIVE BRAINS FOR ALL» aims to discuss the state of–the-art regarding the role of physical activity, sedentary behavior, physical fitness, and nutrition in relation to brain, cognition, academic achievement and mental health in different age groups.

This Symposium will be held in Granada (Spain), on 12th June 2017. We are proud to spotlight that Charles Hillman, a world leader in exercise and brain will attend as keynote speaker. In addition, Francisco B. Ortega and their collaborators will present the most relevant findings from the ActiveBrainsProject, a randomized control trial based on the effect of an exercise program on brain, cognition, academic achievement and mental health in overweight and obese children. Furthermore, other experts in the field will also present advances in the area.

Important dates:
15th May 2017    Abstract submission  deadline (EXTENDED UNTIL 31ST MAY)
20th May 2017    Latest notification date for  accepted abstracts and selected oral communinication
25th May 2017    Early bird registration deadline
Organized by:
Organized by the PROFITH research group under the umbrella of the UCEES (Unidad Científica de Excelencia: Ejercicio y Salud),
with the support of:

08:00-09:00  Registration


09:00-09:30  Official Welcome  


09:30-10:00  Presentation of the Symposium


10:00-11:00  Opening lecture. Exercise, cognition and mental health.


Dr. José Cesar  Perales,  Granada  (Spain): Physical activity and  emotional regulation

Drs. Daniel Sanabria  and  Antonio Luque, Granada (Spain) Understanding  the cognition and physical exercise relationship: Insights from the brain  and the heart

Dr. David Cárdenas, Granada (Spain): Physical condition as a mediator of the impact of mental load experienced by military helicopter pilots.


11:00-12:00  Selected Oral Communications


12:00-12:30  HIITCoffee break and visit to posters

12:30-13:30  Keynote lecture Dr. Charles  Hillman,  Boston, USA: Role of physical exercise and fitness on brain,  cognition and academic performance: an international perspective.


13:30-14:15  Poster presentation session


14:15-15:30  Lunch break


15:30-16:30  Selected Oral Communications 


16:30-17:00  HIIT, Coffee break and visit to posters


17:00-18:00  Closing lecture. Dr. Francisco B. Ortega  and collaborators,  Granada (Spain): Past, present and future of the   ActiveBrains,  SmarterMove and CoCa projects.


18:00-18:30  Symposium summary and Awards to best oral communications.


19:45-21:45  Cultural running / walking


 22:00            Tapas Dinner (not included)



Please, fill out the form and send to:

The  “ACTIVE BRAINS FOR ALL” Organizing Committee invites authors to submit abstracts for presentation within any of the symposium themes listed below. Submissions are sought for oral and poster presentations. The Scientific Committee will select the high relevance abstracts to present as Oral Communication. General details of these sessions are outlined below:

  • Oral Communications: will be 8 mins of presentation. The presentation should be done in English. Abstracts will be grouped by theme and each session will have approx. 4 papers, a Chair who will provide comments on the field of research covered in the session highlight particular findings and stimulate Q&A.


  • Poster Presentations: will be a 3 mins of presentation. The presentation could be done either in English or Spanish. Abstracts will be grouped by theme and each session will have a Chair who will provide questions and suggestions.  Posters should be in vertical and measure 60cm wide x 90cm high. Each author should place the poster in the given place at registration time.

Abstracts should be up to 300 words, written preferably in English for any of the following topics:

  • Physical activity, sedentary behavior, physical fitness, nutrition and brain

  • Physical activity, sedentary behavior, physical fitness, nutrition and cognitive performance.

  • Physical activity, sedentary behavior, physical fitness, nutrition and academic achievement.

  • Physical activity, sedentary behavior, physical fitness, nutrition fitness and mental health.

An author may submit a maximum of ONE abstract as first author. The presenting author must be registered in The Symposium


How to register?


First you will need to complete the registration form. Once filled the registration form, you will receive an invoice with all the necessary data to complete the payment. 



Payment could be made by bank transfer, credit card or PayPal (the bank transfer must clearly state the reference shown in the invoice). Choose the preferred payment method through the registration form.


On site payment in cash or credit card will be available at registration desk from 08.00 to 09.00 on 12th June (late registration fee will be applied).

Registration fees:

  • Early registration: 60 euros

  • Late registration (from May 25th onward): 100 euros

What is included in the fee?

The registration fee includes the meeting registration, breaks for coffee and snacks, lunch during the conference and the Abstract book with ISBN (digital).​


The International Symposium Active Brains for All: Exercise, Cognition and Mental Health, will be held at the Research Institute of Sport and Health (iMUDS) from the University of Granada, located at Parque Tecnológico de la Salud (PTS) in Granada.


Address: Avenida del Conocimiento s/n. C.P. 18016. Granada


  • 37.1451285ºN, 3.6080092ºW


The Conference Organization has reached agreements with the following hotels. Attendees interested in staying at one of these hotels must do their booking by sending an email directly to the hotel and indicating the reference . All hotels information, booking references and pricing are shown in the map below.

Andalucía Center

Double bedroom: 80€

Double bedroom singular use: 70€

Breakfast included


Phone: 0034 858 125 284

Reference: Simposio PTS

Abades Nevada Palace

Double bedroom: 90€

Double bedroom singular use: 81€

Breakfast included


Phone: 0034 958 809 999

Reference: 182252

Ibis Granada

Double bedroom: 62€

Double bedroom singular use: 55€

Breakfast included


Phone: 0034 958 184 250

Reference: Simposio PTS



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