The people engineering the future of international sports performance are set to come together for a conference at the Royal Academy of Engineering.

On Thursday 24 March, the UK Focus for Biomedical Engineering - Sports Engineering Conference will look at the vital role that engineering plays in supporting elite athletes, from performance monitoring in sprinters to advanced prosthetics in Paralympians.

Chaired by Professor Lionel Tarassenko FREng of Oxford University’s Institute of Biomedical Engineering, the day-long event will feature expert presentations on sports technology and innovation; the role of sports science in preparing Olympians; modelling performance; and sensors for monitoring elite athletes.

The speakers, who will discuss their roles in developing the most up-to-date technology include:

  1. Professor Michael Caine – Director, Sports Technology Institute, Loughborough University
  2. Dr Scott Drawer – UK Sport Dr Mark Thompson, Department of Engineering Science, University of Oxford
  3. Professor Steve Haake – Director, Centre for Sports Engineering Research, Sheffield Hallam University
  4. Professor Guang Zhong Yang – Institute of Biomedical Engineering, Imperial College London
  5. Professor Chris Cooper – Director, Centre for Radicals and Oxidative Stress, University of Essex
  6. Dr Marco Cardinale – Head of Sports Science and Research, British Olympic Association
  7. Dr David James – Senior Sports Engineer, Sheffield Hallam University

Philip Greenish, Chief Executive of The Royal Academy of Engineering said: “While the focus in sport is rightly on the athlete, it is crucial to remember that all events rely heavily on the equipment. Everything - from a runner’s spikes to state-of-the-art prosthetic limbs - is designed to maximise performance and in elite sport the machine is just as crucial as the athlete.

“This conference will provide a detailed examination into the complex world of sports engineering, a field in which the UK leads the pack.”

Notes for editors

  1. The Royal Academy of Engineering Founded in 1976, The Royal Academy of Engineering promotes the engineering and technological welfare of the country. Our fellowship – comprising the UK’s most eminent engineers – provides the leadership and expertise for our activities, which focus on the relationships between engineering, technology, and the quality of life. As a national academy, we provide independent and impartial advice to Government; work to secure the next generation of engineers; and provide a voice for Britain’s engineering community.

For more information please contact

Ed Holmes at The Royal Academy of Engineering
020 7766 0655