Keynote Presenters

Frank Cotton Memorial Lecture

Tony Parker Lecture

Invited Presenters

Thursday, 4 March 2021

8.30 – 9.00

Opening Ceremony

9.00 – 10.00

Keynote Presentation
Why we need a pain revolution and why you should be part of it

Professor Lorimer Moseley

10.00 – 10.30

Morning Tea

10.30 – 12.00

Muscle Metabolism – New Insights into the Responses and Adaptations to Exercise


Glycogen-handling proteins are fibre-type dependent in skeletal muscle and differentially regulated between healthy individuals and those with Type 2 diabetes
Prof Robyn Murphy


Exercise training, muscle adaptation and metabolic health
Dr Chris Shaw


A time to eat and a time to exercise: Optimising health benefits through circadian biology
Prof John Hawley


Chair: Prof Jeff Coombes

Exercise & Cardiovascular Physiology


Exercise & Cardiovascular Physiology
Dr Louise Naylor


Oral abstract presentations


Chair: Prof Steve Selig

New and Novel Approaches to Resistance Training for Health and Performance


Exercise with blood flow restriction: Applying the theory for real-world applications
Dr Brendan Scott


Eccentric Exercise as Medicine
Prof Ken Nosaka


Isometric Resistance Training for the Management of Hypertension
Prof Neil Smart


Chair: Prof Sophia Nimphius

Low Carbohydrate and High Fat Diets: Training Adaptation and Performance


Fuelling performance in high performance endurance sport: where’s does the evidence currently point in the fat vs carbohydrate debate?
Prof Louise Burke OAM


Low Carbohydrate, High Fat Diets: Implications to Athlete Health
Ms Alannah McKay


Low Carbohydrate and High Fat Diets: Training Adaptation and Performance
Mrs Bethanie Allanson


Chair: A/Prof Peter Peeling

Back Pain & Exercise


Back pain and exercise: a contemporary approach

Prof Lorimer Moseley
D/Prof Peter O’Sullivan
Mr Brendan Mouatt


Chair: Dr Bonnie Furzer

12.00 – 13.00


13.00 – 14.30

New Insights into Female Exercise Physiology


Can exercise training improve blood vessel function after the menopause?
Dr Tom Bailey


Periods, Pills & Performances: How does the menstrual cycle effect athletic performance?
A/Prof Clare Minahan


Sex-Specific Molecular Adaptations to Exercise
A/Prof Nir Eynon


New Insights into Female Exercise Physiology
Dr Mia Schaumberg


Chair: Dr Kym Guelfi

Bone & Joint Health


Bridging the gap between what we know and what we do for the management of OA
Dr JP Caneiro


Exercise for osteoporosis: Time to throw some weight around
Prof Belinda Beck


So many treatments for lower limb osteoarthritis: Navigating the surgical and non-surgical treatment minefield
Dr Jay R Ebert


Chair: Dr Brendan Joss

Young Investigator for Exercise Science & Health Award


Award Finalists

Young Investigator for Sports Science Award


Award Finalists


Chair: Dr Olivier Girard

AIS Sports Nutrition and ASADA Workshop on Assessing the Efficacy, Regulation and Anti-doping Risk of Supplements and Sports Foods


Dr Larissa Trease
Prof Louise Burke OAM
A/Prof Gary Slater

14.30 – 15.00

Afternoon Tea

15.00 – 16.30

Older Adults, Exercise and Health


Oral abstract presentations


Chair: Ms Angela Douglas

Practitioner Award


Award Finalists


Chair: Mr David Beard

Young Investigator Award for Exercise Science & Health


Award Finalists


Chair: Dr Jay R Ebert

ACL Prehabilitation


Capacity to skill development process: Understanding task demands and task constraints
Prof Sophia Nimphius


Should neurocognitive load be a component of an ACL prehabilitation model?
Mr Mark Finucane


Chair: Prof Franco Impellizzeri

Exercise, Physical Activity and Cancer: Translating Evidence into Practice Guidelines


Exercise, Physical Activity and Cancer
Prof Rob Newton


Physical activity and mortality in cancer survivors: how strong is this relationship and is it the same for all cancer types?
Prof Sandi Hayes


Exercise, Physical Activity and Cancer
Dr Tina Skinner


Chair: Ms Kirsty Rawlings

16.30 – 17.30

Keynote Presentation
Professor Philip Ainslie

Chair: Prof John Hawley

17.30 – 19.30

Welcome Reception
including Poster Presentations

Friday, 5 March 2021

6.00 – 7.00

Optional Group Physical Activity

8.30 – 9.30

Keynote Presentation

Breaking 2: How the 2 Hour Marathon Barrier was Broken
Professor Andy Jones

Chair: A/Prof Shona Halson

9.30 – 11.00

Advances and Challenges in the Measurement of Human Fitness, Function and Activity


Cardiorespiratory fitness: how important is V̇O2max?
A/Prof Simon Green


New approaches to measuring functional capacity in the field
A/Prof Ross Clark


Exercise testing as a clinical screening and decision making tool
A/Prof Andrew Maiorana


Tailoring off the shelf technology to assist in affordable physical activity measurement and intervention
A/Prof Michael Rosenberg


Chair: A/Prof Clare Minahan

Translating Research into Practice – Exercise and Women’s Health


Preventing Obesity in Australian Women across Preconception, Pregnancy & Postpartum: Translating Evidence into Practice
Dr Cheryce Harrison


New considerations in the use of exercise to prevent and manage diabetes during pregnancy
Dr Kym Guelfi


Putting the research into action: Improving women’s health through regular physical activity and exercise in a population of mothers
Dr MJ Ong


Chair: Prof Andrew Hills


Plus, a tribute to the late Professor Nigel Stepto

Exercise is Medicine … but should it be? Panel


A/Prof Ben Jackson
W/Prof Danny Green

Dr Nicky Korman


Chair: Dr Bonnie Furzer

Exercise in the Heat: Tokyo 2020 and Beyond


Evidence-based extreme heat policies for managing athlete heat stress risk in different sports
A/Prof Ollie Jay


Endurance performance in the heat and the role of acclimation
A/Prof Julien Periard


Heat Training: From best practice to next practice
Dr Jamie Stanley


Heat stress and team sports: Think outside the box for better outcomes
Dr Olivier Girard


Chair: A/Prof Pete Peeling

11.00 – 11.30

Morning Tea

11.30 – 13.00

Exercise, Musculoskeletal Health and Clinical Practice


Oral abstract presentations


Chair: Mr Sebastian Buccheri

Exercise and Mental Illness


Implementation of Exercise Interventions within public mental health services
Dr Nicky Korman


Oral abstract presentations


Chair: Dr Rob Stanton

Early Career Researcher for Exercise Science & Health Award


Award Finalists


Chair: Dr Andrew Williams

Early Career Researcher for Sports Science Award


Award Finalists


Chair: D/Prof Aaron Coutts

13.00 – 14.00


14.00 – 15.00

Tony Parker Lecture
Developing useful wearable technologies for Exercise Science: From research to practice
Senior Professor Julie R Steele AM
Chair: A/Prof Chris Askew

15.00 – 15.30

Afternoon Tea

15.30 – 17.00

ESSA Annual General Meeting 2021

Saturday, 6 March 2021

6.00 – 7.00

Optional Group Physical Activity

8.30 – 9.30

Keynote Presentation

Striving for excellence in research and health care

Professor Fiona Wood AM, FRCS, FRACS

Chair: Dr Bonie Fruzer

9.30 – 11.00

Cerebrovascular Responses to Exercise – Implications for Brain Health and Performance


Cerebrovascular Responses to Exercise
Prof Phil Ainslie


Water based exercise for promoting brain vascular health
W/Prof Danny Green


Influence of exercise on cognitive function and decision-making – blood flow and other mechanisms
Dr Ben Rattray


Chair: Dr Erin Howden

Exercise, Physical Activity and Cancer


Oral abstract presentations


Chair: Prof Daniel Galvao

Motivation to Move – We know Exercise Works, but how do we get People to just do it?


Psychology of motivation and behaviour change – If not a magic, then a necessary bullet
Dr Camille Short


Motivation to move – Are we failing to see the forest for the trees?
Prof James Dimmock


Motivation to Move
Prof John Cairney


Chair: Dr Robert Stanton

Acute Chronic Workload Ratio and Training Monitoring: Science and Practice


D/Prof Aaron Coutts
Prof Franco Impellizzeri


Chair: Prof Sophia Nimphius

11.00 – 11.30

Morning Tea

11.30 – 13.00

Body Composition Assessment – Are we using the Right Tools, in the Right Way?


Measuring and manipulating body composition for health and performance
Prof Nuala Byrne


Individual Considerations for Physique Assessment
A/Prof Gary Slater


Body Composition Assessment – Are we using the right tools in the right way?

Dr Tim Ackland


Chair: Prof Louise Burke OAM

Exercise & Diabetes


Interval training for people with type 2 diabetes – How low can we go?

Prof Jeff Coombes


Resources to Guide Exercise Specialists – Managing Adults with Diabetes
Mr Grant Turner


Oral abstract presentations


Chair: Mr David Beard

Exercise Across Diverse Populations


Working with trans and gender diverse people in a sport and exercise context
A/Prof Ashleigh Lin


Exercise and physical activity for children and young people with disabilities: What works, for whom, in what circumstances, and how?
Dr Claire Willis


Exercise and sport in refugee camps: experiences from the Rohingya refugee crises in Bangladesh
A/Prof Simon Rosenbaum


Chair: Ms Anne Hanley

Training, Recovery & Performance


Oral abstract presentations


Chair: Prof Andy Jones

13.00 – 14.00


14.00 – 15.00

Vascular Physiology, Glycaemic Regulation – Implications for Exercise Science


Oral abstract presentations


Chair: Prof Neil Smart

Exercise, Physical Activity and Metabolic Health


Oral abstract presentations


Chair: Prof Lars McNaughton

Movement Science, Measurement and Exercise Training


Oral abstract presentations


Chair: Dr Phil Hamdorf

Knowledge Translation in High Performance Sport


A framework for effective knowledge translation in high performance sport
Dr Jon Bartlett
Prof Sam Robertson
Dr Dee Jennings


Chair: A/Prof Shona Halson

15.00 – 15.30

Afternoon Tea

15.30 – 16.30

Frank Cotton Memorial Lecture

A Dinosaur’s “top 10” and some sport science research reflections across the past 40 years (with a focus on Australian football)

Emeritus Professor Brian Dawson

Chair: D/Prof Aaron Coutts

16.30 – 17.00

Closing Ceremony

including Awards Ceremony

18.30 – 23.30

Conference Dinner

Program correct at time of publication and is subject to change at anytime without notice.