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Pushing Boundaries: Women in Sport and Exercise Conference 2019

Tuesday 11th - Wednesday 12th June 2019

St Mary's University, Twickenham

Join us in our mission to push the boundaries in women’s sport. Opportunities for women in sport and exercise are expanding rapidly, whether it is in leading a governing body, excelling in elite competition or simply participation for fitness, camaraderie and the love of sport

The 2019 Women in Sport and Exercise Conference will bring together leading thinkers and practitioners from a range of disciplines to promote discussion and debate around the issues that females face in sport and exercise at all levels. In addition, it will look at how the industry can innovate, challenge attitudes and push the boundaries that still exist for women in sport.

The conference will explore the latest research and real-world evidence to address female-specific issues and life stages that impact on performance and health. It will explore gender inequality in the sport and exercise arena, and discuss the opportunities and issues surrounding female participation in physical activity. Key areas of focus will be the practical application of research to increase the opportunities for females in sport and exercise and minimise and overcome identified barriers.

The conference will look specifically at:

  • Pushing boundaries through furthering the understanding of how female specific issues influence performance and health
  • Pushing boundaries in women’s representation in sport
  • Pushing boundaries in physical activity participation to promote inclusion and female empowerment through sport
  • Pushing boundaries in taboo subjects around women’s sport

Academics, practitioners, health professionals, athletes and those working in sports governance are invited to come together to share their achievements and collaborate with like-minded individuals to optimise women’s athletic success, while promoting inclusion and female empowerment through sport.

Attendees can book to attend the full conference or attend one-day only. We also invite delegates to join us for a Gala Dinner on the evening of 11th June.

  • One Day Conference Rate: 11th June - £175 (Students: £100)
  • One Day Conference Rate: 12thJune - £175 (Students: £100)
  • Two Day Rate: 11th-12th June £250 (Students: £150)
  • Gala Dinner: Evening of 11thJune - £50

Full registration includes:

  • Admission to all scientific sessions
  • Admission to the exhibition
  • Coffee breaks (4) and lunches (2) at the conference venue
  • Conference material (conference bag, final programme)

The Pushing boundaries: Women in Sport and Exercise Conference 2019 aims to provide two days of exciting presentations that will promote discussion and debate around the issues that females face in sport and exercise at all levels, and examine how the industry can innovate, challenge attitudes and push the boundaries that still exist for women in sport.

A draft of the two-day programme is available to download below, along with details of our confirmed speakers.

  • The opening keynote will be delivered by Professor Greg Whyte OBE PhD DSc FBASES FACSM and four times GB Winter Olympian GB Chemmy Alcott on the topic “Exercise and Pregnancy: From Theory to Practice”.
  • The second keynote will be delivered by Kate Richardson-Walsh, GB and England Women's Hockey Captain and Olympic Gold Medalist
  • Professor Mark De Ste Croix will be delivering a talk titled “Be careful she’s a girl: Developing robustness and readiness in the female youth athlete”.
  • Nicole Sapstead, Chief Executive Officer of UK Anti-Doping will be sharing her experiences of working in a male-dominated sporting world.
  • Dr Richard Burden will be discussing the latest developments of the English Institute of Sports ‘SmartHER’ programme, developing the health and of GB's Olympic and Paralympic athletes.
  • Tanya Martin will be sharing Women in Sports latest work on transition to adulthood – ‘re-imagining sport for teenage girls’.


We warmly welcome abstract submissions for the Pushing Boundaries: Women in Sport and Exercise Conference. Abstracts will be selected to either give an oral presentation, produce a poster for display, or for the ‘Lightning Talk’ presentation format.

Please refer to the WISE Guidelines for Submitting an Abstract and submit your abstract using the WISE Abstract Submission Form.

Abstract submission deadline (EXTENDED): Friday 29th March 2019, 5pm

WISE Abstract Submission Guidelines
WISE Abstract Submission Form


The Women in Sport and Exercise Conference 2019 is being held at St Mary’s University. Our beautiful Strawberry Hill campus encompasses stunning 19th Century listed buildings set in extensive grounds and is one of London’s top-performing sports institutions.

Our £8.5m Olympic standard sports centre was home to athletes from ten teams during the London 2012 Olympic Games. Today, it is a regular training ground for many international athletes.


St Mary’s University is an ideal location, easily accessible by several means of transportation. Location and campus maps are available on our website.

By road

The University is within a short distance of a number of major routes. These include the M25, M3 and M4 motorways, and also the A3, A4 and A316. If you are using a sat nav, the postcode for our Strawberry Hill campus is TW1 4SX.

Please note: parking restrictions apply on campus between 8am and 4pm. Parking is available in day permit bays which are marked ‘D’. You can reserve a parking space by emailing and there is a charge of £2.00 per car per day.  Alternatively, limited parking is available on neighbouring roads.

By air

St Mary’s University is within an hour of two major international airports. Heathrow International Airport is approximately 8 miles from the main campus.  Transport to the main campus form Heathrow Airport can be by taxi (approximately £40 for a 30 minute journey) or by bus located at the airport (approximately 45 minutes over two short bus journeys).

Gatwick International Airport is approximately 30 miles from the main campus.  Transport to the main campus form Gatwick Airport can be by taxi (approximately £100 for a one hour journey) or by train located at the airport (approximately 1 hour 15 minutes over two train journeys).

By train

The main campus is a five minute stroll from Strawberry Hill train station making it very accessible by public transport. Strawberry Hill station can be reached directly from London Waterloo station using the Kingston loopline operated by South Western Railway.

The journey takes about 35 minutes and there are usually four trains an hour. If arriving into St Pancras International Train Station, delegates can reach St Mary’s University Campus by taking the Victoria line to Vauxhall, and then a train direct to Strawberry Hill. This journey takes approximately 1 hour.


We are delighted to offer en-suite accommodation on campus in our De Marrilac halls of residence. Bed and breakfast is £50 per person per night and room only is £43.75 per night. Situated at the far end of the sports field and the running track, our De Marilac accommodation offers en-suite bedrooms and use of good sized kitchenette facilities.  

There are also a variety of accommodation options close to campus to suit all budgets, all within walking distance of St Mary’s University, and with access to regular public transport. We recommend the following hotels:

If you are interested in sponsoring or exhibiting at the Women in Sport and Exercise Conference 2019 please contact the conference organisers at

Contact Information

We hope that you will find most of the information you are looking for on this website and/or within the links to St Mary’s University website. However, if you have any queries at all, please contact the conference organisers on

You can also follow us on Twitter to keep up to date with all conference developments: @wiseconf

Chair of conference committee

  • Dr Nicola Brown (St Mary’s University)

Conference organising committee

  • Dr Charles Pedlar (St Mary’s University)
  • Dr Jacky Forsyth (Staffordshire University)
  • Dr Claire-Marie Roberts (UWE Bristol)
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Tuesday 11th - Wednesday 12th June 2019

Find out more

For more information about this event please contact Dr Nicola Brown (Associate Professor in Female Health):
Tel: 020 8240 4821

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