Upcoming & Past Conferences & Events

Our next annual WiSEAN conference, 'Redressing the Balance' is being held at the University of Worcester on 11th-12th November 2020. 

Academics and practitioners from fields including psychological, physiology, strength and conditioning, coaching and performance but also from a sociological, cultural and leadership and management perspective are expected.  


This conference in November 2020 will have an international focus and aims to bring together practitioners and academics from range of disciplines to allow discussion and debate issues surrounding women’s participation in sport, exercise and physical activity. The conference has been titled ‘Redressing the Balance’ and the purpose of the conference is to raise awareness and address inequalities from both an academic and practitioners as well as share areas of good practice. There will an emphasis on redressing the balance through both assessing impact highlighting future implications for practice.  

The Pushing boundaries: Women in Sport and Exercise Conference 2019 took place at St Mary's University, Twickenham. There were two days of exciting presentations that promoted discussion and debate around the issues that females face in sport and exercise at all levels. We also examined how the industry could innovate, challenge attitudes and push the boundaries that still exist for women in sport.


Speakers :

  • The opening keynote was delivered by Professor Greg Whyte OBE PhD DSc FBASES FACSM and four times GB Winter Olympian GB Chemmy Alcott on the topic “Exercise and Pregnancy: From Theory to Practice”.

  • The second keynote was delivered by Kate Richardson-Walsh, GB and England Women's Hockey Captain and Olympic Gold Medalist

  • Professor Mark De Ste Croix delivered a talk titled “Be careful she’s a girl: Developing robustness and readiness in the female youth athlete”.

  • Nicole Sapstead, Chief Executive Officer of UK Anti-Doping shared her experiences of working in a male-dominated sporting world.

  • Dr Richard Burden discussed the latest developments of the English Institute of Sports ‘SmartHER’ programme, developing the health and performance.support of GB's Olympic and Paralympic athletes.

  • Tanya Martin shared Women in Sport's latest work on transition to adulthood – ‘re-imagining sport for teenage girls’.


The women in sport and exercise conference 'Blood, Sweat and Fears' was held on 13 and 14 June 2018 at Staffordshire University, Leek Road, Stoke on Trent. The Conference discussrf the issues around women's participation in sport and exercise.

The themes of the conference included:

  • Female-specific health and medical issues arising from participation in sport and exercise

  • Issues and opportunities for women's participation in sport and exercise