Half-way to Jaipur: Conference 2019

IPA (England &Wales) Europe-Wide Conference On The Child’s Right To Play

Halfway Conference A5

We are pleased to announce a two day conference on Friday 10th and Saturday 11th May, 2019 looking at the Child’s Right to Play,  Article 31 and General Comment 17. The conference will take place in central London, half way in time and space between the IPA Calgary and Jaipur triennial conferences.

In partnership with IPA colleagues across Europe we will explore the cutting edge of play theory and practice, as well as present innovative thinking in Children’s Play. A variety of  keynotes, workshops and academic papers will be delivered.

Keynote Panel:

Day One: ‘Innovative thinking in Children’s Play’

Chair: Professor Michael Rosen (Professor of Children’s Literature, Goldsmiths, University of London)

Speakers: Professor Sarah Holloway (Professor of Human Geography, Loughborough University), Dr Julia Bishop (Research Associate University of Sheffield)

Day Two: ‘How the child’s right to play is implemented around the world’

Chair: Dr. Wendy Russell (Senior Lecturer in Play and Playwork, Univeristy of Gloucestershire)

Speakers: Dr. Sudeshna Chatterjee (IPA World Development Officer, co-chair IPA 2020 Conference – Jaipur)


Sessions include (subject to change, we’re still adding contributors):




Play in England

Nicola Butler


Outdoor play in schools

Ifat Gal Shpaisman


The value of Loose Parts Play

Emma Heart


Play Matters: Raising Awareness of Play in Northern Ireland

Alan Herron


Rohingya exodus: refugee children in Kutupalong refugee camp, Bangladesh

Dr Matluba Khan


Respect, Protect, Fulfil

Anne-Marie Mackin


The Power of Play in Hospital

Lowri Morris


Play Strategy & Play

Joan Noade


Play – The Past, Present and Future

Joan Noade

Northern Ireland

Innovative thinking in Children’s play

Kay O’Brien


Circular Play

Elske Oost-Mulder

The Netherlands

Campaigning Global, impacting local

Cath Prisk


How can we play to learn? How can we learn to play?

Dr Ronit Ronen Tamir, and Dr. Ofra Bahar


Strength and Power of Play and Imagination

Pim van der Pol

The Netherlands

Right to Play

Laura Walsh and Martin Jones


Play is Democratic

Rob Wheway


Conference details: 

  • Venue: The Diskus, Unite House, Holborn, London (Fully accessible)
  • “Early-bird” prices are £150 for IPA members, £200 for non-members and will go up (£250 for members, £300 for non-members) after April 12th.
  • Tickets includes 2 days at the conference, an evening networking event including food, and lunch and refreshments on both days. Accommodation is not included.

A pdf version of this is here which includes the daily programme: Conference information 260319

Conference booking: Please click here to go to the booking page


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