Universities team up for major sports science conference


Dundee’s two universities are under starter’s orders as they prepare to stage a major sport and exercise science conference.


More than 250 delegates from throughout the UK are expected to attend the two-day British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) Student Conference from 17-18 April.


Co-hosted by both the University of Dundee and Abertay University, the symposium will bring together leading experts, as well as undergraduate and postgraduate students.


Dr Audrey Duncan, Assistant Director at the University of Dundee’s Institute of Sport and Exercise, said, “It is a huge honour for the University of Dundee and Abertay University to co-host the 2019 BASES Student Conference.


“We will be welcoming undergraduate and postgraduate students from across the country, allowing us to showcase the fantastic expertise, facilities and tuition that our two universities have in relation to sport and exercise science.


“Both of our universities have a strong ethos of promoting athleticism, healthy living and collaboration, and we are confident that our delegates will find the conference, and their time in our city, both informative and enjoyable.”


BASES is the professional body for athletic sciences within the UK and its annual Student Conference is one of the sector’s pre-eminent events, featuring demonstrations, seminars, and workshops.


Only the second time that the symposium will have been hosted in Scotland in its 22-year history, the BASES Student Conference is also expected to provide a workout to tills across the area, with the Dundee & Angus Convention Bureau estimating that the event will generate more than £250,000 for the local economy.


A daily programme of events will take place in the University of Dundee’s Dalhousie Building, with a civic reception, conference dinner and ceilidh taking place in the Apex Hotel. Among those speaking over the two days include Dr Niall Elliot from the sportscotland Institute of Sport, and British skeleton athlete Kim Murray.


Dr Ashley Richardson, from Abertay’s Division of Sport and Exercise Sciences, added, “The theme of the conference is Transforming Lives and we have a variety of internationally renowned speakers that will inspire the next generation of sport scientists.’


“Both Abertay University and the University of Dundee have sport and exercise research embedded within their ethos and this conference provides us with a fantastic opportunity to showcase this.”

Further details about the event are available online.