Student Conference Programme and Speakers

The theme of the BASES Student Conference 2019, is Sport and Exercise Science – Transforming Lives. This inspiring and engaging theme will showcase how our profession can, and should, transform lives; through research, consultancy and pedagogy. Our programme will profile world-leading research, teaching and consultancy work being undertaken in our field to improve physical and mental health, tackle disease and enhance athletic performance.

The detail of our programme is still being progressed but we are delighted to publish an outline programme. Please note that this will be subject to change and updated regularly as speakers and timings are finalised.

We are excited to announce that all of our keynote speakers have now been confirmed;

Physical Activity and Health Keynote:

Professor Nanette Mutrie (Chair for Physical Activity for Health, University of Edinburgh)  Dr Paul Kelly (Lecturer in Physical Activity for Health, University of Edinburgh)


Professor Nanette Mutrie is Chair for Physical Activity for Health at the University of Edinburgh and directs the Physical Activity for Health Research Centre there. She has extensive experience of conducting interventions aimed at increasing physical activity and reducing sedentary time. Nanette has contributed to policy (eg ‘Let’s make Scotland more active’) and the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) physical activity programmes ( She is a member of the Scottish Government’s National Strategic Oversight Group on Sport and Physical Activity and of the 2018 expert panel invited by the Chief Medical Officers to review UK Physical Activity guidance. Nanette has published extensively on psychological and public health aspects of physical activity for health with over 200 publications. She is a frequently cited author with an H-index of 35 (Scopus) and 59 (Google Scholar). Nanette received an MBE from the Queen in 2015 for services in Physical Activity for Health in Scotland.


Dr Paul Kelly has been a Lecturer in Physical Activity for Health at the University of Edinburgh since August 2014. He is based at the Physical Activity for Health Research Centre (PAHRC) led by Prof Nanette Mutrie MBE and teaches on Physical Activity and Health, Applied Sports Science, Physical Education, Exercise Medicine, and Medical degrees. Paul’s primary research focus is the measurement of physical activity and the evaluation of physical activity interventions. He previously worked at the University of Oxford, where he completed a PhD (2010-2013) in using wearable cameras to measure active travel. Paul is Programme Director for the BMedSci Intercalated degree in Physical Activity for Health for medical students at Edinburgh University.

Nutrition and Sports Performance Keynote:

Dr Matthew Furber (Program Lead, Muscle & Mobility and Diet, Nutrition & Metabolism R&I Platforms, Danone Nutrica Research)


Dr Matthew Furber completed his degree in Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Hertfordshire and went on to work for 3 years as a Sport Scientist for Lucozade Sport focusing on applied sports science support to athletes and research in carbohydrate metabolism. Matthew then lectured for 3 years at the University of Hertfordshire on nutrition and physiology and alongside this role he managed the human performance laboratory and started a PhD. After attaining his PhD, focusing on the cellular and metabolic response of high protein feedings in sedentary males and endurance runners. Matthew returned to GlaxoSmithKline to help set up the GSK Human Performance Lab. Matthew spent 4 years at the GSK Human Performance Lab, undertaking exploratory research in nutrition and physiology, and providing science support to some of the world’s top athletes including a multiple tour de France winner, Open Golf champion, Open Tennis champion and extreme explorers. Matthew currently leads the Muscle & Mobility, and Diet, Nutrition & Metabolism Research and Innovation Platforms at Danone Nutricia Research, the Netherlands. His research area is broad, but currently has a focus on muscle function and quality in frail and ill populations, along with the impact Diet, Nutrition & Metabolism has on targeted medical conditions such as cancer, COPD, frailty and malnutrition.

High Intensity Interval Training Keynote Debate:

For the motion: Dr John Babraj (Lecturer, Abertay University)
Against the motion: Dr Paul Swinton (Lecturer, Robert Gordon University)


Dr John Babraj is a lecturer in exercise physiology at Abertay University. He received his PhD in 2005 from the University of Dundee and has published extensively in the scientific literature on the adaptations that occur in humans in response to exercise and nutrition. A major focus of his research is on time efficient exercise that can promote substantial performance adaptations. As such he has carried out a number of studies on high intensity training, with articles looking at the efficacy of this type of training in long distance endurance events and team sports. Recent research on high intensity training has shown that this type of time efficient training produces major improvements in both aerobic and anaerobic performance that would be directly transferable to climbing. He has also co-authored a general interest book on why high intensity training is an effective and time efficient way to exercise.


Dr Paul Swinton is a researcher and lecturer in the School of Health Sciences, Robert Gordon University. He is an accredited statistician with the Royal Statistical Society and has expertise in strength and conditioning and sports biomechanics. His primary research interests are in the area of evidence synthesis and modelling of athletic performance.

High Performance Sport Keynote:

Dr Niall Elliott (Head of Sports Medicine, Sportscotland Institute of Sport) &
Ms Kim Murray (GB Skeleton Athlete & Exercise Physiologist)


Dr Niall Elliott trained and qualified in medicine from the University of Dundee in 1995. He has since then developed a career that has included working in Scotland and Australia across a wide range of specialties. He is a Sports and Exercise Medicine Physician, currently Head of Sports Medicine at the sportscotland Institute of Sport in Stirling as well as working in a local NHS Musculoskeletal Clinic and Out-of-Hours General Practice. His sporting roles over the past 15 years have included being Club Doctor, Institute-network Doctor, Chief Medical Officer to Team Scotland and Team GB at seven consecutive Commonwealth and Winter/Summer Olympic Games. If he's not enjoying working in performance sport or being at home with his family, he's attempting to better his Strava segments on his bike or chasing a cocker-spaniel up a Scottish hill. Getting a population more active is a challenge but you can only do this one step at a time.


Kimberley Murray is a Great Britain skeleton athlete with ambitions to qualify for the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics. She is an international medallist and currently ranked 4th in Great Britain and 29th in the World in her sport. Prior to gaining selection onto the World Class Performance Programme for skeleton, Kimberley worked as a high performance exercise physiologist for sportscotland Institute of Sport. Kimberley began her career as a junior exercise physiologist and assisted in supporting numerous sports before taking the lead for Physiology Support in netball, athletics and rowing. A highlight of her time at the Institute was working as part of Team Scotland in the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games in the prep camp and village, as well preparing the netball squad and athletics athletes for the Games. Kimberley is a BASES Accredited Sport and Exercise Scientist. One of her interests is the female athlete and RED-S (relative energy deficiency in sport) and she intends to return to applied sport science support, after her skeleton career, to pursue this further.


BASES stands for the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences. BASES is the professional body for sport and exercise sciences in the UK.



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