Two inspiring days at BASES Conference 2023

22nd November 2023

BASES Conference 2023 took place on 16-17 November at Coventry Building Society Arena; two inspiring days filled with world-leading insight and expertise. The 2023 conference also celebrated the Association’s 30th Anniversary.

Thank you to all delegates, speakers, presenters, exhibitors and Gold Supporters: Human Kinetics and Eleiko for being part of the conference.

“The 2023 conference was a great success, it was wonderful to see so many familiar and new faces celebrating the Associations 30th Anniversary. On behalf of BASES, I would like to thank everyone involved in helping to create such an outstanding event." BASES Chair Prof Zoe Knowles FBASES.

Prof Vicky Goosey-Tolfrey FBASES, Professor of Applied Disability Sport at Loughborough University opened the conference with the invited keynote: The Past, Present and Future of Paralympic Sports Science. Following this was a day of thought-provoking poster presentations, free communications and parallel invited symposiums including: ‘Brain Health in Football: Research and Policy presented by Dr Matthew Green FBASES and Dr Dominic Townsend and ‘Co-designing and producing home-based exercise interventions for adults living with overweight and obesity’ presented by Prof David Broom FBASES and Dr Nikita Rowley.

The Outreach Project Team planned a free to access public talk, entitled ‘Exercise Training and the Menstrual Cycle: What’s a Girl to do?’. This was be presented by Dr Emma O’Donnell, a Senior Lecturer in Exercise Physiology at Loughborough University, It was open to any interested parties and took place at the end of the first day’s sessions.

After the BASES Annual General Meeting, the first day ended with a Gala Drinks Reception and Conference Dinner where the 2023 BASES fellows were awarded their official certificate and badge and the BASES Volunteer of the Year Awards were also proudly presented.

The second day showcased a variety of rich content including invited symposiums: ‘The challenges of being a biomechanist within sport’ presented by Dr Susan Brown and ‘Resilience and mental health in competitive sport’ presented by Dr Mustafa Sarkar.

Prof Jason Gill FBASES, Professor of Cardiometabolic Health, University of Glasgow closed the conference with his Keynote: ‘The importance of place: how where you live and where your (grand)parents came from affects your metabolic health.’

Dr Ian Taylor (Chair of the BASES Conference Planning Group) reflects,  ‘Moving the conference to the Coventry Building Society Arena proved to be a roaring success. Two days of cutting-edge, world-leading content across sport and exercise sciences was delivered. I would like to thank all our speakers, delegates, and sponsors for being part of an inspiring event.’

Well done to everyone who presented at the conference and congratulations to all award winners. All accepted conference abstracts will be published in an online supplement of the Journal of Sports Sciences. Free-access will be available upon publication of the supplement, until 31 December 2023 at The hashtag #BASESCON23 captured conversations over the two-days which you can view via X and Instagram.

A few sessions from the conference have been recorded and will be available in the Members’ Area of the BASES website shortly.

Save the Date for BASES Conference 2024: Coventry Building Society Arena, 20 - 21 November 2024.


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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