It is nigh on impossible to describe the true value of the International Sport & Exercise Nutrition Conference (ISENC) because its benefits are multi- faceted and unique. There are few opportunities where you can sit amongst the greatest minds in sport and exercise nutrition, with their knowledge and expertise condensed into a small arena. The ‘learning opportunities’ are diverse and just one element that makes the ISENC so valuable, add to this the countless networking opportunities that enable you to chat with like- minded individuals on subject matters that are miles ahead of the curve, and you get some idea as to why people fly from around the world to attend.
Third International Sport and Exercise Nutrition Conference
This year’s conference had two main themes, one focussing on sport and performance issues, and the other focussing on physical activity and health. It was testament to the skill and knowledge of the speakers how seamlessly these two subjects overlapped, the two interplayed perfectly and was delivered, expertly. Alongside the unquestionable value of the expert speakers and Q&A sessions, there were also an evening with Sir Chris Hoy, 6 time Olympic champion and the greatest British Olympian of all time. He was all too willing to answer any questions we threw at him, and it must be said, he did so extremely elegantly. An unplanned piece of comedy genius fell on the evening Q&A with Sir Chis when he had just finished telling a story of how the British Cycling team were in Russia and forced to eat (or should I say refuse) some not too appetising Russian cuisine. We had all just finished laughing at this story when the next chap to ask a question said ‘Yes hello Sir Chris, my name is Joe Bloggs (I forget the chaps name)… from Russia’. To give the chap his credit he laughed along with us all and proceeded to receive a fantastic answer to his insightful question. A great evening had by all.
Speakers Of The Highest Degree
The content matter at ISENC can be complex, the conference is pitched at academics and established sport and nutrition professionals, but can be of great use to those new to the industry so long as they come equipped with some underlying knowledge. From a personal perspective I feel it enabled me to continually professionally develop, add to my existing body of knowledge, as well as feeding countless blog posts for the coming months! The speakers include world leading protein metabolism experts such as Professor Luc van Loon, Neurometabolism experts such as Dr Nick Gant (who flew from New Zealand to be here for ISENC), and Professor John Hawley who is head of major research groups around the world, as well as being an international authority in exercise and diet on skeletal muscle metabolism, the molecular bases of exercise training adaptation, and the cellular bases underlying exercise- induced improvements in insulin action…all critical subject matter to the nutrition and sporting industry!
I left the 3 day conference feeling satisfied that I had been a part of major, robust seminars that are absolutely cutting edge, and quite often original research findings. The delivery of the course was smooth, well- structured and academic, whilst maintaining the informality that makes this conference so enjoyable. The organisers Angela and Dave Roberts were extremely accommodating and made it possible for Discount Supplements and myself to experience the world authorities in sports and exercise nutrition.
I will be attending the next conference for sure, this is the ISSSMC which includes Sports Science, Sports Medicine, Sports Physiotherapy and Strength & Conditioning which is being held in September 2015 at Northumbria University, Newcastle Upon Tyne.