25th – 27th November 2020, Christchurch

The conference will be hosted by The School of Health Sciences at the University of Canterbury.

Keynote Speakers

Sport originated brain injury (SOBI)
Professor Patria Hume

Professor Patria Hume is a leader in the field of sport sciences, and a pioneer in science and technology for sport. She has an international reputation for research aimed at improving sport technique and reducing sports injuries using sports biomechanics, anthropometry and epidemiology.

Her “Sport Risk Factors” research platform focuses on problem extent (e.g. sports injuries), injury mechanisms (e.g. concussion, lower limb injury), development/evaluation of injury prevention strategies (i.e. ACC SportSmart) and monitoring (e.g. physique assessment). In 2016, she gained the most prestigious award in her field – the International Society of Biomechanics in Sports (ISBS) Geoffrey Dyson Award.

Patria led the World Rugby project on long term player health outcomes including the effects of concussion, and on player protective equipment and prosthetic devices and hearing aid development for rugby. 

Patria was a NZ Herald New Zealander of 2016 Finalist in recognition of the impact of her research work on concussion in rugby. Patria was the 2016 recipient of AUT’s University Medal, for her dedication to, and sustained record in, producing high impact research, and her commitment to developing the next generation of sports biomechanics researchers.

Patria was appointed by Her Excellency the Governor-General to the Drug Free Sport New Zealand Board, Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage, from 20 Jan 2020.

Recruiting the cognitive unconscious for better performance in sport
Professor Rich Masters

Rich Masters is Professor of Human Movement Psychology in the School of Health, Sport and Human Performance at the University of Waikato and a Visiting Professor in the School of Public Health at the University of Hong Kong. He is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Sport and Exercise Science. Prior to joining the University of Waikato in 2014, Rich was Director of the Institute of Human Performance at the University of Hong Kong. Before that, he lectured in the School of Sport and Exercise Sciences at the University of Birmingham, England. Rich holds a First Class Honours degree and a Master’s degree in Psychology from the University of Otago as well as a D.Phil in Experimental Psychology from the University of York, England. He held a Universitas 21 Fellowship in 2005, gave the Dr Tom Anderson Memorial Lecture in Sport and Exercise Science in 2006, and has received numerous Distinguished Scholar Awards from prestigious institutions, such as University College Dublin. He sat on the Health Panel for the NZ Performance-Based Research Fund (PBRF 2018) Quality Evaluation. Rich is interested in the psychology of human performance and is well known for his work in implicit (unconscious) motor learning. He has received in excess of NZD5M in grant funding for his research, which has been published extensively in disciplines that include the sport and exercise sciences, psychology, rehabilitation sciences, geriatrics, neuroscience, dentistry, speech sciences and surgery.

Wearing sensors in biomechanics
Professor Thor Besier

Thor is a Professor at the Auckland Bioengineering Institute and has a joint appointment with the Department of Engineering Science at the University of Auckland. He completed his PhD in musculoskeletal biomechanics at The University of Western Australia in 2000 and was a postdoctoral fellow in the Bioengineering Department at Stanford University from 2003 to 2006. Thor established Stanford’s Human Performance Laboratory and was a faculty member in the Department of Orthopaedics at Stanford from 2006 to 2010, before returning home to New Zealand in 2011.

Thor’s research combines medical imaging with computational modelling to understand mechanisms of musculoskeletal injury and disease. Current projects include the development of gait retraining technology and population modelling to test orthopaedic implants. He has published >100 scientific articles on these topics and has received grant funding from the NZ Marsden Fund and MBIE, the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA), the US National Institutes of Health (NIH), Australian Research Council and the Australian National Health & Medical Research Council. Thor has spun-out two companies from his research, including IMeasureU (inertial sensing for human movement) and FormusLabs (orthopaedic pre-operative planning).

Exercise fit for the environment
Professor Jim Cotter

Jim is a Professor of Exercise and Environmental Physiology at the University of Otago. He never managed to separate those subjects, having grown up in the backblocks of the West Coast before studying Physical Education and Physiology throughout undergrad (Canterbury & Otago; midst of 20th Century), Masters (Otago) and PhD (Wollongong). His research interests are – unintentionally – in the extremes of time (SIT to Ultra-endurance), space, human capacity and stress (mode and extent). He focuses mainly on cardiovascular, cerebrovascular, thermoregulatory and functional effects of exercise and environmental stress – in contexts of health, disease and performance.

Abstracts, Oral presentations and poster presentations

Please check back here soon for an outline of abstracts

Oral presentations will be 10 minutes with 5 minutes for questions

Poster presentations will be held on the 26th November 2020 at lunch time for attendees to peruse and discuss. Posters will be AO and inclusive of references.

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Accommodation Options

The following are accommodation providers close to the venue. Please enquire with them directly if you wish to book.

Bishop Julius Bed & Breakfast (Student accommodation) from $60pp per night

Riccarton Motor Lodge rooms from $130 per night use SESNZ2020 code

311 Motel rooms from $100 with a list of rooms available and prices here

Parkview on Hagley rooms from $190 per night

Campus Living Villages room from $99 per night (2 night minimum). Use this code SESNZ2020 when booking to receive a 10% discount on the advertised rate on their website.

Conference Extras

Strength and Conditioning

There will be an S&C practitioners course held on the 28th and 29th of November 2020


Accredited Exercise Physiologist

The AEP exam will be held on the 24th and 25th of November 2020

    • From 2020 people that are wishing to become accredited as an exercise physiologist with SESNZ are required to sit a theory and practical exam
    • The first AEP exam will be held prior to the conference in Christchurch and will be based off the AEP standards outlined on our website
    • Applicants will only need to attend on the 24th or 25th November 2020
    • Due to the current Covid-19 restrictions and our MOU with ACSM, we have decided to align our policy surrounding practical hours for AEP candidates
      • Due to the impact of COVID-19 on internships and practical hours, SESNZ has temporarily decided that candidates may now sit for the exam if they have at least 50% of their practical internship hours completed when they apply. Outstanding practical hours must be submitted within 12 months from the time of passing their exam. This change will be in effect at least until the end of 2020 and will be reassessed in 2021.

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