The 4th International Seminar on Public Health Education (ISPHE 2018) was held on The Wujil Resorts and Conventions, Semarang, Indonesia on May 8-9 2018 by the Faculty of Sports Science Universitas Negeri Semarang. The 328 scientific participants, 163 of whom were students, had many fruitful discussions and exchanges that contributed to the success of the conference. The 251 abstracts including poster session that were presented on the first two days formed the heart of the conference and provided ample opportunity for discussion. The abstracts were split almost equally between the four main conference areas, i.e.; Interdisciplinary Health and Medicine, Physiology, Kinesiology and Psychology of Wellness, Public Health Policies and Practices, and Health Promotion and Physical Education.
Of the total number of presented abstracts, 59 of these are included in this proceedings volume, the first time that abstracts have been published by Atlantis. Other publication options are 3 respectable scientific journals and one national proceedings. The review procedure was thoroughly done by two blind reviewers have reviewed each paper from the participant. There were 4 plenary lectures covering the different areas of the conference: Prof. Chia-Hua Kuo. Ph.D. (Dean of Research and Development University of Taipei, Taiwan) talked about the latest research on nutrition and food metabolism, Dr. Toru Okuwaki (Japan Institute of Sports Sciences) for sports development in Japan, Dr. Mahenderan Appukutty (Head of Postgraduate Studies UiTM, Malaysia) for nutritional science of early childhood and last are Dr. Sugeng Eko Irianto (WHO Representative of the Republic of Indonesia) and Prof. Dr. dr. Oktia Woro Kasmini Handayani, M.Kes (Universitas Negeri Semarang, Indonesia) on health and nutrition status in Indonesia.
Generous support for the conference was provided by the Indonesian Public Health Association (IAKMI) and some prominent Indonesia universities in health education and sport (Malang State University, Gorontalo State University, and Manado State University). The next ISPHE will take place in Semarang in 2020, and the ones after that will be in Malang in 2022 and Gorontalo in 2024. Given the rapidity with which science is advancing in all of the areas covered by ISPHE, we expect that these future ISPHE conferences will be as stimulating as this most recent one was, as indicated by the contributions presented in this proceedings volume.
Mohammad Arif Ali