People, partnership and performance

23 Oct 2019
L-R: Mikaela Wheeler, Danielle Cave, Abigail Marsh, Renae Earle, Naomi Fitzpatrick, Associate Professor Judy Bauer

Postgraduate research students presented their work to academia, industry and their peers at the UQ School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences (HMNS) Postgraduate Student Conference.

Now in its eighteenth year, the two-day conference featured presentations on a range of human movement and nutrition science research topics including mental fatigue on athletic performance, exercise and genetics, nutrition and macular degeneration and sports injuries.

The theme of this year’s conference was ‘People, Partnership and Performance’.

More than 40 postgraduate researchers presented to a friendly, supportive and interdisciplinary community, who gave constructive feedback on their research work.

PhD students and Executives of the Organising Committee, Oliver Canfell and Chloe Salisbury said the conference was a great opportunity for higher degree by research (HDR) students to grow as researchers and people.

“People are at the heart of everything we do, and we wanted this year’s conference to be a catalyst for encouraging researchers to go against the grain, try something new and do what they can to create change for themselves and the people around them,” Oliver said.

“We encourage the audience to provide feedback on individual presentations, which helps students enhance their presentation skills and improve their research work,” Chloe said.

The event was held at UQ’s St Lucia campus and was attended by more than 70 people - making it the biggest HMNS Postgraduate Conference to date. 

Congratulations to the following award recipients:

Sports Medicine Australia Prize for Best Performance Presentation - Suzanna Russell

HMNS Postgraduate Conference Prize for Best Partnership Presentation - Peter Harrison

HMNS Postgraduate Conference Prize for Best New Presenter - Graham Lee and Mikaela Wheeler

Exercise and Sports Science Australia Prize for Best Clinical Exercise Physiology Presentation - Eliza Keating

HMNS Postgraduate Conference Prize for Best Exercise & Sports Science Presentation - Charlie Davids

Australia and New Zealand Society of Biomechanics Prize for Best Biomechanics and Motor Control Presentation - Robert Schuster

HMNS Postgraduate Conference Prize for Best Nutrition and Dietetics Presentation - Mikaela Wheeler

UQ Centre for Sport and Society Prize for Best Sport and Society Presentation - Emily Paix

HMNS Postgraduate Conference Prize for Best 3MT Presentation - Kayne Duncanson.

HMNS thanks the following sponsors: Vald Performance (gold), Sports Medicine Australia (silver), Exercise & Sports Science Australia (silver), Australia and New Zealand Society of Biomechanics (silver), UQ Centre for Sport and Society (silver), Lorna Jane (bronze), Australian Almonds (bronze), Fisiocrem (bronze), Shelby’s Health Hedonism (bronze), RockTape (bronze) and Cobram Estate (bronze).