0 How to measure the appropriate characteristics of sport surfaces

The 4th SportSURF workshop will be held on Tuesday 3rd April 2007 at Bramall Lane Stadium, Sheffield, UK, home of premiership football club, Sheffield United. The focus of the workshop will be on 'How to measure the appropriate characteristics of sport surfaces'. Presentations and discussion will be related to:

• What is good/bad about the existing test methods?
• Evidence and questions regarding sensitivity, simulation, accuracy, and relevance.
• Recent developments/new methods.
• What does recent research tell us we should be measuring?
• Where are the current gaps in knowledge/test methods?

The morning session will see presentations given by manufactures, consultants (test laboratories), academia and sports governing bodies from around the world. Issues from the perspective of each presentation will be discussed. In the afternoon session leading practitioners from around the world will discuss the issues of measuring sports surfaces.

The key outcomes of the workshop will be collated to identify 'gaps in knowledge' and rationalise coherent 'research needs'. The workshop will contain several open forums to stimulate debate from the attendees. Furthermore, there will be an opportunity for delegates to make short presentations of their current work/research/knowledge to stimulate further discussion (if you are interested in doing this please contact (c.young@sportsurf.org).

SportSURF Background:

The network aims to stimulate an integrated multidisciplinary response to address the problems associated with the interactions of sport players (and equipment) and the sport surface, for community and elite level across the full range of sports. The network will bring together a broad range of stakeholders, comprising academics, practitioners, and sport governing bodies to share ideas and consolidate current knowledge, discuss and formulate research needs, seek funding, advance the science and understanding of player-surface interactions and innovate the better engineering of surfaces to benefit play and users' health.

Who should attend?

Academics, researchers, technologists, consultants, contractors, manufactures, suppliers, sports governing bodies, policy makers, trade organisations and funders. Also any individual who would like to have an input into the activities of this new network initiative.

Course Fee: includes registration, morning/afternoon coffee, and hot lunch buffet

Please note: for bookings made after Friday 23rd March 2007, a £10 surcharge will apply.

Network Members £50 Non-members £80 F/T Students £30


09:30 Coffee and registration

10:00 Introduction & Welcome Dr Paul Fleming (Network Manager) Dr Matt Carre (Core Member & Host)

Session 1 - 10:15 to 12:15 How to Measure the Appropriate Characteristics of Sport

10:15 to 10:45 Manufacturers Perspective
10:45 to 11:15 Consultants Perspective
11:15 to 11:30 Coffee break
11:30 to 12:00 Academics Perspective
12:00 to 12:30 Governing Bodies Perspective

Lunch 12:30 to 13:30*

Session 2 - 13:30 to 16:30

13:30 Open Presentations & Invited Speakers
Topics to Include:

Innovative/New Test Methods Sensitivity, Simulation, Accuracy, and Relevance
15:00 to 15:30 Coffee break
15:30 to 16:30 Discussion Forum

• Where are the Current Gaps in Knowledge or Test Methods?
• Research Needs and New Developments?
• Can we measure things better?

16:30 ENDS

Contact 01509 203171

Dr Colin Young (SportSURF Network Coordinator)
Department of Civil & Building Engineering
Loughborough University
Ashby Road
Leics, LE11 3TU
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