One of the benefits of being in my first year as a postdoc is sharing my own experiences with other postgraduate students. As I recently completed my own PHD in ‘The application of global positioning systems and inertial sensors to elite level team sports’, and graduated in December 2014, I really understand the importance of creating forums where postgraduate students can present and share their current research. I recently got the opportunity to present at the UQ School of Human Movement and Nutritional Sciences Postgraduate Conference with the backdrop of the beautiful Stradbroke Island.
The conference’s keynote theme ‘Translating Research in Practice’ strongly resonates with SABEL’s past and current research specifically focusing on applying cutting edge research to both the elite sporting and general consumer markets. Presenting at this conference gave me the opportunity to get out of the office and share our ongoing innovative research with Jaybird to develop their new activity tracker ‘Reign’ and our work with the International Cricket Council developing sensors for monitoring bowling action.
By being involved in these opportunities to share with postgraduate students and listening to well-developed presentations, I think these types of conferences are valuable to the continuous learning of postgraduate students. All in all it was not what I was expecting when my boss asked me to present at an ‘overseas’ conference, however, it was a good excuse to spend a day on the beach.