Conferences and Events


Our 2021 annual WiSEAN conference, 'Redressing the Balance'

is being held online at the University of Worcester

between 19th and 22nd April 2021.

This FREE multidisciplinary four-day virtual event is

being hosted by the University of Worcester and will

cover all aspects of women’s involvement in sport. 


This conference is the third annual conference of the

Women in Sport Academic Network (WiSEAN). 

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 April 2021 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 academics 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.  

Additionally, there will be a parallel virtual conference, on day four, as part of a European Commission funded Erasmus+ project which the University is leading with six other international partners.  The project is entitled the Gender Equity Toolkit for Generation Z (an educational online resource via a MOOC), which aims to educate Generation Z in issues of equity in sport with the aim of increasing the number of women and girls in all forms of sport leadership and management.  The impact and implications for practice from this three-year project will be shared along with key research studies focusing on gender perceptions, communication and Generation Z. 

For more information please visit the conference website:

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In 2020 we hosted our first virtual conference 'Getting back on their feet'  (for more details, see separate page)

The WiSEAN conference 2020 was a global virtual event to discuss the impact of situations like COVID-19 on the exercising female. The aim of the event was to help grow, strengthen and promote research on women in sport and exercise, especially when restrictions impose changes to how we work, exercise, and to how we view and compete in sport.

Women tend to be overlooked when it comes to research within sport and exercise. We, therefore, wished to virtually connect individuals from a range of disciplines to ensure that sport and exercise research has a focus on women, especially during COVID-19 and beyond. We wanted women to 'get back on their feet' to ensure that existing gender inequalities within sport and exercise fail to be heightened by the COVID-19 pandemic. With a variety of keynote speakers and themed workshops, the aim was to increase awareness about how to optimise women’s athletic success and their participation.

This online conference was produced so individuals could attend from the comfort of their own homes. This conference also provided a platform of networking opportunities to connect with others in sport and exercise to boost confidence, training and motivation through knowledge gained via others’ research and experience.


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.



  • 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 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