Mission Statement The Society aims to promote and facilitate the study and applications of objective measurement and quantification of free-living physical behavior(s) and its related constructs (e.g. energy expenditure, context) using wearable devices. The Society is characterised by:
- its multidisciplinary focus; including engineering, signal analysis, physiology, medical sciences, public health, psychology, ergonomics and sports.
- bringing together people from a wide variety of backgrounds and expertise, including researchers, clinicians, therapists, signal analysts, computational scientists and commercial companies
Scope of the Society The Society focuses on the issues related to ambulatory monitoring, wearable monitors, movement sensors, physical activity, sedentary behaviour, movement behaviour, body postures, sleep and constructs related to physical behaviours. Therefore the Society specifically focuses on the objective measurement and quantification of physical behaviours which include:
- all free-living physical behaviours (including sleep) in its different forms (volumes and patterns which could give an indication of quality)
- measurements that are unrestricted, prolonged and unsupervised
- measurements of physiological responses (e.g. energy expenditure) that are directly related to physical behaviours
- a wide range of applications: clinical, public health, behavior sciences, end users etc.
Because of these criteria, other measurement techniques are NOT of primary interest. Examples being:
- objective measurement of signals other than, or not simultaneously measured with, physical behaviours (such as measurement of ECG, EEG or blood pressure)
- measurement of energy expenditure techniques such as the doubly labeled water
- measurement of physical behaviours using direct observation, questionnaires, diaries or electronic diaries room-restricted camera systems
- time restricted, supervised measurement of physical behaviours (kinematics, kinetics) outside a gait or movement laboratory
If these measurement techniques are combined with, or are related to, free-living monitoring they are potentially of interest.
Diversity Equity Inclusion Statement
The International Society for the Measurement of Physical Behaviour (ISMPB) recognizes that a diverse, inclusive, and equitable environment is one in which all members are valued and respected, irrespective of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, culture, religion, age, sexual orientation or identity, education or disability, and thoughts and ideas. Diversity maximizes true potential for creativity, innovation, quality and educational excellence of our activities. We are committed to a nondiscriminatory approach and to providing equal opportunity for participation in all our activities. We respect and value diverse life experiences and heritages and strive to ensure that all voices are valued, heard, and represented. It is a high priority for ISMPB to determine methods to address diversity, equity, and inclusion. It is our desire to act as a leader among other professional organizations globally.
To provide informed, authentic leadership for cultural equity, the ISMPB strives to:
- See diversity, inclusion, and equity as connected to our mission and critical to ensure the well-being of our membership and activities.
- Acknowledge and dismantle any inequities within our policies, systems, programs, and services, and continually update and report organization progress.
- Explore potential underlying, unquestioned assumptions that interfere with inclusiveness.
- Advocate for and support higher-level thinking about how systemic inequities impact our organization’s work and how best to address that in a way that is consistent with our mission.
- Help to challenge assumptions about what it takes to be a strong leader at our organization and who is well-positioned to provide leadership.
- Practice and encourage transparent communication in all interactions.
- Commit time and resources to expand more diverse leadership within our membership.
- Lead with respect and tolerance. We expect all individuals in ISMPB to embrace this notion and to express it in interactions and through everyday practices.
ISMPB abides by the following action items to help promote diversity and inclusion:
- Designate a board member with the task of oversight of board activities with regards to diversity and inclusion.
- Augment existing programs and policies and regularly re-visit them to ensure they are current and reflect best practice.
- Pursue cultural competency throughout our organization by creating substantive learning opportunities and formal, transparent policies. Learning opportunities will take place through our scientific meetings.
- Generate and aggregate evaluation related to equity to make incremental, measurable progress toward the visibility of our diversity, inclusion, and equity efforts. The board will discuss these metrics at a minimum of one meeting per year.
- Improve our cultural mentorship pipeline by creating and supporting programs and policies that foster leadership that reflects global diversity. An example of this is creating balanced scientific programs for meetings.
- Develop and present events devoted to diversity, inclusion, and equity to provide information and resources internally and to the greater community. This includes ensuring diversity of scientific content and invited speakers at events.
- Develop a system for being more conscious of bias during elections and evaluation processes, including potential training for our board members on equitable practices.
- Advocate for policy that promotes diversity, inclusion, and equity. Challenge systems and policies that create inequity, oppression and disparity.
Create an action plan for implementing and revising this statement.