Tony Parker Lecture

Senior Professor Julie R Steele AM

University of Wollongong


Julie Steele is a Senior Professor in Biomechanics in the School of Medicine, at University of Wollongong, Australia.  She is also Founder and Director of both the internationally-renowned Biomechanics Research Laboratory and Breast Research Australia (BRA).


Considered one of Australia’s most eminent biomechanists, Julie’s research over the past ~40 years, has focused on developing innovative strategies, based on rigorous applied biomechanics, to decrease injury potential and optimise quality of life for individuals across the age spectrum.  She has investigated lower limb injuries caused by high impact landings; developed innovative wearable technologies for health applications; examined the effects of obesity, ageing and occupational loading on lower limb structure and function with implications for footwear design; and investigated breast health biomechanics to ensure all females can enjoy the health benefits associated with regularly participating in physical activity in comfort.  Julie has received numerous awards, including 2005 NSW Telstra Business Woman of the Year, as well as being appointed as a Fellow of the International Society of Biomechanics and Sports Medicine Australia.  One of only 44 biomechanists world-wide currently appointed to the World Council of Biomechanics, Julie has served on the Executive Council of several professional associations, including being President of the International Society of Biomechanics and the Australian & New Zealand Society of Biomechanics.  In 2019 Julie was awarded a Member (AM) of the Order of Australia for significant service to science in the field of biomechanics, to higher education, and to professional associations.

Presentation details

Friday, 5 March 2021
2:00pm – 3:00pm
Riverside Theatre

About the Tony Parker Lecture


The Tony Parker Lecture has been awarded at each Research to Practice conference since 2016.   This lecture is awarded to an Australian Scientist/Practitioner who has made an outstanding contribution to a relevant area in Exercise Science.


Previous winners are:

2016:     Prof Bronwyn Kingwell – Baker IDI

2018:     Prof Louise Burke – Australian Institute of Sport