As I write this, we are now less than two weeks away from the DSEP Annual conference in Belfast. The programme looks fantastic, and delegate registrations are looking good, all of which suggests that we are in for an excellent conference! We have four fantastic keynotes lined up (Prof Jürgen Beckmann, Prof Cathy Craig, Prof Zoe Knowles, and Prof Paul Wylleman); a panel discussion on ‘psychosocial and policy-related approaches to mental health awareness in sport’; two awards presentations (PhD and MSc of the year); 10 symposia; 34 oral presentations; four workshops; a five-minute challenge session; and two poster presentation sessions. Plus, the conference dinner, drinks reception, and the one everyone is waiting for . . . . the DSEP AGM! All together, this promises to be a fantastic two-day conference. Also, this year for the first time the conference organising committee have also organised a free public lecture on the evening before the conference titled ‘The psychology of Endurance performance’. I think this is a great idea and something we should look to add to all future DSEP conferences. The lecture is taking place from 7.30-9.00pm at Ulster University and has proven to be so popular that it has already sold out! Which is not surprising as the confirmed speakers include: Prof Andy Lane, Dr Carla Meijen, Prof Sam Marcora, Dr David Marchant, Dr Alister McCormick. Dan Robinson, and Dr Noel Brick.
The committee have, as ever, continued to be busy over the last couple of months. It was fantastic to see the first meeting of the Southern Applied Hub in Winchester on the 8th November; the event was a great success, so congratulations to Zoe Taylor of Taylored Mindset for taking the lead on organising the event. This new hub builds upon the success of the existing hubs in the North, Midlands, and London. There are other hubs planned, and a huge thank you should go out to Tim Holder in taking this initiative forward. The DSEP-supported research groups also continue to go from strength to strength thanks to the hard work on the committee of Martin Turner.
The DSEP Committee executive also had a very productive and positive group Skype with BASES Division of Psychology team to discuss areas of potential collaboration and ways we can support each other and the profession. Further updates on these discussions will be presented at the conference in Belfast.
So, for everyone who is heading to Belfast in two weeks’ time I look forward to seeing you at the conference. If you have any questions, comments or suggestions about the Division and committee activity please do not hesitate to find me at the conference for a chat.
As ever, if you have any comments or suggestions, or would like to get involved please get in touch. You can email me at: [email protected]