Getting Back on their Feet ... The Virtual Conference

The Women in Sport and Exercise Academic Network (WiSEAN) conference 2020 is a global virtual event to discuss the impact of situations like COVID-19 on the exercising female. The event will help to grow, strengthen and promote research on women in sport and exercise, especially at times like this, 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, wish 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 want 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 is to increase awareness about how to optimise women’s athletic success and their participation.

This online conference has been produced so you are able to attend from the comfort of your own home. This conference will be 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.

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Abstract Submission

We warmly invite you to submit an abstract for the Women in Sport and Exercise Academic Network (WiSEAN) virtual conference, Getting back on their feet, 7-8th September 2020.

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What will happen to the abstracts?

We are hoping that abstracts for this virtual conference, together with those from our 2021 conference (being held at the University of Worcester on 21st and 22nd April 2021) will be published in the Women in Sport and Physical Activity Journal, as has previously been the case (e.g., https://journals.humankinetics.com/view/journals/wspaj/28/1/article-p55.xml).



Please note: 

  1. All abstracts will be reproduced in the Conference Programme and submission of an abstract constitutes consent for publication. 

  2. Authors may state their preferred presentation format; however, the final decision will lie with the WiSEAN Review Panel, based on the nature of the abstract and its content. 

  3. On submission of an abstract you are agreeing to attend the WiSEAN Virtual Conference and present your oral presentation/lightning talk at whatever time is scheduled within the Conference Programme.

  4. All authors must have contributed to the abstract. 

  5. The presenting author for each abstract submitted must be clearly identified at the time of abstract submission. 

  6. All content of the abstract is the sole responsibility of the author(s) of the abstract.

  7. Multiple abstracts can be submitted.

Our Guest Speakers


Professor Laura Burton

Professor Laura J. Burton is a professor of sport management and department head in the Department of Educational Leadership within the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut. Her research interests include understanding leadership in organisations (particularly sport organisations) and exploring development, access and success in leadership. 

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Dr Nicky Keay

Dr Nicky Keay, BA, MA, MB, BChir (Cantab), MRCP studied medicine at Cambridge University, with clinical attachments including sports medicine clinics in Australia and University of Geneva. Nicky is currently Honorary Fellow at Durham University, researching the risk of RED-S in dancers and athletes.

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Professor Zoe Knowles

Professor Zoe Knowles (Professor of Engagement and Learning) is the Strategic Lead for External Engagement in the School of Sport and Exercise Sciences at Liverpool John Moores University and also a National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE) Public Engagement Professional. Zoe is the new Chair Elect of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) - the first female to hold this prestigious role.

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Dr Emma Ross

Dr Emma Ross was, until recently, the Head of Physiology at the English Institute of Sport, In this role she developed the SmartHER campaign, to optimise science and medicine support of female athlete health, wellbeing and performance. Emma recently founded her own company, Thrive Revolution, to educate and empower women across the lifespan, with the knowledge they need to achieve health, happiness and high performance.