UWS has hosted a first-of-its-kind virtual conference which explored innovating out of the pandemic through sport and exercise.
A wide variety of delegates from business and academia from the UK and overseas attended the Sport, Exercise and Health Innovation Conference, which took place on Friday 26 February and was supported by Scottish Enterprise.
The online event included a packed agenda, with 15 high-profile speakers, including the Shadow Minister for Health, Brian Whittle MSP; 2012 Paralympic Gold medallist, two-time World Champion rower and UWS Hon Doc, David Smith MBE and Dr Siobhán Jordan, Founding Director of Interface, which supports innovation and knowledge exchange in Scotland.
The all-day conference explored the challenges and opportunities for sport and exercise post-pandemic, as well as discussing the future of wearable tech, lifestyle management using technology and data collection, innovation and entrepreneurship, and how to turn an idea into a business.
The event also included an exhibition with virtual stands from external organisations, including Oriam, PeachyKeen and APC Cardiovascular. UWS also had a presence in the virtual exhibition with stands highlighting the University’s work with Knowledge Transfer Partnerships, CPD opportunities, and the Kick Start initiative, which aims to ignite, elevate and engage the next wave of leaders for the future, through skills development, innovation and entrepreneurship.