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Playing in Uncertainty and for Challenge is the theme of the European Conference that takes place from 28 to 30 May.

A joint organisation with strategic partners from the Municipality of Cascais, namely the Faculty of Human Motricity at the University of Lisbon and the International Play Association (IPA) – Delegation of Portugal.

For two and a half days, on a European scale, the educational community of Cascais, together with national and international experts, will have the opportunity to present and discuss experiences, especially considering the period of uncertainty and confinement experienced in 2020.

  • To what extent has playing helped to promote constructive family times?
  • Does playing help us reduce anxiety and deal with the unexpected?
  • Does playful activity influence our mood and disposition for day-to-day tasks?

In addition to the sub-theme “Playing in contexts of unpredictability“, the main themes of this conference are: “Playing and the relationship with the digital world” and “Playing in future communities“.

This initiative aims to disseminate a learning culture about the game and playing, in a combination of scientific studies and practical experiences, local, national and international.


International Play Association (IPA World) | Delegation of Portugal – IPA is a non-governmental organisation, with members in about 50 countries . It is interdisciplinary and covers all professions concerned with the well-being of children. Membership is open to any individual or group that endorses the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, especially Article 31 which, in summary, states: every child has the right to rest, leisure, play and recreation and to participate in cultural life and arts.

The aim of IPA is to provide an international forum to promote and improve opportunities for play and the development of leisure environments, leisure facilities and programs for all children and young people in all countries, in accordance with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.


Cascais City Hall – The Municipality of Cascais, through its Department of Education | Division of Pedagogical Support and Educational Innovation, assumed with its community a commitment sustained by a Local Play Policy – its mission is to confer Times and Spaces to play at School, in the Community and in the Family.

This Policy is based on 3 main strategic axes – Innovation | Knowledge, Education | Participation and Inclusion, by:

Removing, from the 1st cycle schools and the Gardens of Infancy, , the schooling of curriculum enrichment activities and introducing more spaces and times to play;

Investing on the Humanisation of school play spaces, naturalised, that bring children closer to nature, creating other challenges of playing in freedom;

Enhance and bring together the different local resources for Playing, with the creation of the APP ``Brincar em Cascais`` aimed at all citizens;

Promote the creation of a Local Network of Playful Spaces, promoting the transversality of play throughout life;

This Conference, promoted in partnership with the International Play Assotiation, – Delegation of Portugal, and the Faculty of Human Motricity, also had the participation of the Cascais Educational Community. The logo of this event was created by the students of the Vocational Multimedia Course of the Grouping of Schools of Cidadela.

Scientific Commission

Faculty of Human Motricity – A faculty characterised by excellence in teaching and research, and by creating effective study and learning opportunities in which students are at the center of all processes. With a vision to sustain and improve the excellence of teaching and research with national and international reputation, nurturing relevant skills and knowledge in the formation of knowledgeable, competent, integral, resilient and influential students in society.

In the identity of the Faculty of Human Motricity, the opening for the exchange of ideas, freedom of expression, the spirit of solidarity, entrepreneurial initiative and proactive thinking and attitudes, stands out. With enthusiasm and reconciling individual interest and motivations with the inseparable collective interest, they optimize organisational cohesion. Values ​​uniqueness and specificity. An organisational environment in which differences are respected, but benign attitudes and synergistic work are required.

Currently, the Faculty of Human Motricity is among the top 100 colleges in the world and ranks as the 33rd in Europe.