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The Science of Sport - Sydney

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Charles Perkins Centre, University of Sydney

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Camperdown, NSW 2006

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Presented by the Australian Academy of Science

Does the Soccer World Cup get people off the couch? How can we efficiently fuel our bodies during physical activity? How do you motivate the physically inactive?

Join us to explore these questions and more at ‘The Science of Sport’, the first event in the Australian Academy of Science’s National Speaker Series for 2018. Hear from four outstanding speakers at our Sydney event as they discuss how sport and science intersect.

You’ll also have an opportunity to ask your own questions directly to each speaker.

MC: Sophie Scott: Award winning journalist, broadcaster and author Sophie Scott is on a mission to educate and inspire people to enhance their health and happiness. Having written two critically acclaimed books, and receiving numerous awards including the Australian Museum Eureka prize for medical journalism, Sophie is a highly respected and sought after health presenter. Currently the national medical reporter for the ABC, Sophie’s stories appear regularly on ABC news, 7:30, ABC Radio and ABC Online. * How do you motivate the physically inactive to get moving?

Keynote speaker and Strategic Policy Lead at Sport NZ, Kay Thomson, knows what it takes to tackle inactivity on a national scale. Kay played a key role in the development of the United Kingdom’s guidelines on how much physical activity people should be doing. Kay also oversaw a £23M national investment in getting the nation’s inactive citizens moving for Sport England. With Australia’s most recent National Health Survey finding nearly one in three Australians are insufficiently active, Kay will discuss the lessons learnt from the UK experience and how public participation in sport can make a difference to a nation’s health.

*How can we efficiently fuel our bodies during physical activity? In this talk Metabolic biochemist Dr Kieron Rooney from the University of Sydney will present some of the understanding we have on fuel selection during sports and how our bodies switch (or not) between them during different types of activity and how this has informed some dietary theories for enhancing fuel utilisation.

* Does the Soccer World Cup or Olympic games get people off the couch? For public health researcher Professor Adrian Bauman from the University of Sydney, physical inactivity is the most inexcusable affliction of the modern world. But can mass events like the Olympics or Soccer World Cup get people off the couch? Adrian will explore the connection between elite events and community participation in sport and physical activity, as well as other positive outcomes that might “trickle down” from these events. Adrian leads a diverse research program including chronic disease prevention, physical activity, sedentary behaviour, nutrition, and obesity prevention.

* What can athletes and consumers learn from each other when it comes to caffeine consumption? Dr Louise Burke will discuss the pros and cons of using caffeine, including habitual daily caffeine intake, to boost sports performance. Louise has 35 years of experience as a sports dietitian, including the last 27 years as the Head of Sports Nutrition at the AIS. Louise has also written a number of textbooks and lay books on sports nutrition, as well as nearly 300 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters. Louise is also Chair in Sports Nutrition at the Australian Catholic University.

This is a Sydney Science festival event, part of National Science Week and generously supported by the University of Sydney.

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