ESSA Sports Science Twitter Conference 2020

We are delighted to introduce the inaugural ESSA Sports Science Twitter Conference in 2020. This event will aim to showcase the latest in sports science research and practice and continue to foster a strong, collaborative online sports science and high-performance community. 


16 - 17 November 2020
Live: 1:00pm - 4:00pm AEDT daily

Invited presenters

Dr Darren Burgess
Darren is currently the High Performance Manager at Melbourne Football Club. Prior to this appointment Darren’s roles have included Director of High Performance at Arsenal Football Club, High Performance Manager at Port Adelaide Football (AFL) Club,  Head of Sports Science for Football Federation Australia and Head of Fitness and Conditioning at Liverpool Football Club. Darren worked as a lecturer in Exercise Science at Australian Catholic University in Sydney between 1997 and 2005 and completed his PhD in movement analysis of AFL and Soccer in 2012. Darren has had multiple papers published in peer review journals and has spoken at many international conferences.

Prof Louise Burke, OAM

Louise is a sports dietitian with nearly 40 years of experience in the education and counselling of elite athletes.  She worked at the Australian Institute of Sport for thirty years, first as Head of Sports Nutrition and then as Chief of Nutrition Strategy.  She was the team dietitian for the Australian Olympic Teams for the 1996-2012 Summer Olympic Games.  Her publications include over 350 papers in peer-reviewed journals and book chapters, and the authorship or editorship of several textbooks on sports nutrition.  She is an editor of the International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism. Louise was a founding member of the Executive of Sports Dietitians Australia and is a Director of the IOC Diploma in Sports Nutrition. She was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia in 2009 for her contribution to sports nutrition.   Louise was appointed as Chair in Sports Nutrition in the Mary MacKillop Institute of Health Research at Australian Catholic University in Melbourne in 2014 and took up this position in a full-time capacity in 2020.

Prof Iñigo Mujika 
Iñigo Mujika earned Ph.D.s in Biology of Muscular Exercise (University of Saint-Etienne, France) and Physical Activity and Sport Sciences (University of The Basque Country). He is also a Level III Swimming and Triathlon Coach. Iñigo has exceptional ability to translate scientific research into every day coaching and advice for athletes and coaches. His main research interests include training methods and recovery, tapering, detraining, overtraining and nutrition. He has performed extensive research in physiology and performance in professional cycling, swimming, running, rowing, triathlon, tennis, football and water polo. Iñigo has published 141 articles in peer reviewed journals, six books and 43 book chapters, and has given 412 lectures and communications in international conferences and meetings. Iñigo was Senior Physiologist at the Australian Institute of Sport, Team Selector for Triathlon Australia, Head of Research and Development at Athletic Club Bilbao Professional Football Club, Physiologist of the Spanish and French Swimming Federations, Head of Physiology and Training at Euskaltel Euskadi World Tour Cycling Team. He is now Head of Sport Sciences and Performance Support at the Spanish Swimming Federation, Associate Professor at the University of the Basque Country, Associate Researcher at Finis Terrae University in Chile, and Associate Editor for the International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance. Having worked across multiple sports and countries in the domains of coaching, science, education and consulting, Iñigo brings unique perspectives on how individual athletes, teams and nations can best prepare for competition.

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Who should attend

  • Accredited Sports Scientists
  • Accredited High Performance Managers
  • Accredited Exercise Scientists
  • Persons working in the Sports Science field
  • Students of Sports Science
  • Persons working with Elite Athletes



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