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The 2016 IHRSA European Congress in Photos

Hundreds of fitness industry professionals from dozens of countries attended the IHRSA European Congress in Seville, Spain, this week. The four-day event was packed with education sessions, networking events, leading equipment and service providers, and, of course, an A-list crowd. 

For those who couldn't join us, we compiled some photo highlights from the event. 

The IHRSA Congress Heads to Spain

This year's event was held at the beautiful Hotel Barceló Sevilla Renacimiento in Seville.


Networking and Reconnecting with Friends  

Over the course of the Congress, there were plenty of opportunities for attendees to meet, catch up, and discuss what they've learned.


UFIT Spain Launches

The launch of UFIT Spain was announced during the UFIT Conference on Monday. Universal Fitness Innovation & Transformation (UFIT) is a global social change movement, led by the UNESCO Chair in the Institute of Technology Tralee, Ireland, aiming to increase fitness opportunities for all, in particular people with disabilities.


Lessons from Lego

David Robertson, Ph.D., professor of practice at the Wharton School, global innovation and IT consultant, and author, provided insights on how to lead innovation across a company in his IHRSA European Congress keynote, “Innovation Management: The LEGO Story,” sponsored by Technogym.

Simultaneous translation in 7 languages at #ihrsacongress

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Education in Seven Languages

The keynotes and education sessions were simultaneously translated from English into French, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.


2016 European Club Leadership Award

IHRSA Board Chair Rasmus Ingerslev presented Gabriel Saez, chairman and CEO of Ingesport/GO FIT, with the 2016 European Club Leadership Award on Monday. 


State-of-the-Art Fitness Equipment and Services

Attendees had several opportunities to meet one-on-one with leading suppliers of fitness equipment and services throughout the event.


Embracing Digital Technology

“In the current market situation it is no longer enough to offer good service—you need to adapt your business to a customer that is familiarized with technology, accustomed to mobility, and claiming services in line with the twenty-first century,” said Marcos Eguillor, managing partner of BinaryKnowledge and professor at IE Business School, during his IHRSA European Congress keynote address, sponsored by Keiser Fitness.


Hope to See You Next Year...

in London!


IHRSA Represents at Prestigious BIAC Forum on Innovation in Health and Well-being

Several IHRSA representatives, including Helen Durkin, IHRSA's executive vice president of global public policy, Kilian Fisher, IHRSA's global public policy advisor, and IHRSA members Martin Seibold and Catherine Carty, are representing the fitness industry at the Business and Industry Advisory Committee to the OECD (BIAC) Forum on Innovation in Health and Well-being.

Catherine Carty and Kilian Fisher at OECD in Paris.

The forum, held May 3-4, 2016 in Paris at the OECD headquarters, is a unique two-day event that brings together senior representatives from government, the OECD, the leaders of multi-national consumer corporations, and leading experts in health and wellbeing to exchange solutions and policy recommendations.

Riz Khan, an internationally recognized journalist and author with shows on CNN International and Al Jazeera English, is moderating the two-day discussion.

The event will showcase the diversity of how business is involved in providing solutions to healthcare challenges. Participants will learn how the food and drink industries are investing in innovations to deliver healthier products for consumers.

As employers, businesses are also providing wellness programs that empower populations and increase productivity. The business community knows that we are just one stakeholder, and the event will showcase examples of partnerships with governments and community stakeholders to reduce risk factors for chronic diseases, as well as education programs that encourage populations to become physically active and adopt healthy lifestyles.

Martin Seibold and Catherine Carty about to speak on improving well-being."With so many multi-national food and drink companies and trade associations involved, this is our opportunity as one of the few 'positive' industries involved to really drive the health and wellness message, especially with regard to what the fitness and health club industry can offer to help addressing the global health crisis," Kilian Fisher said when speaking about the opportunities presented in attending this event.

IHRSA's representatives Catherine Carty, manager, UNESCO chair for inclusive Fitness, Sport, and Recreation (UFIT), and Martin Seibold, managing director of Fitness First UK, presented on day one on behalf of the fitness industry.

The discussion outcomes of the meeting are relevant for the global health community.

Find out more about the BIAC Forum on Innovation in Health and Well-being. You can also follow the event on Twitter via the hashtag #BIAChealth.

Event representatives include:
Heineken, The Coca-Cola Company, The McKinsey Global Institute, Nestlé Research Center, UNESCO, Fundación de Investigaciones Sociales, IHRSA, Fitness First UK, COCIR, Healthcare Services and Solutions, Alzheimer’s Disease International, Government of Sweden, EFPIA, Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease, Pfizer Inc., Mines ParisTech, and The National Institutes of Health.