ACSEP Virtual conference 2021

The ACSEP Virtual Conference has now concluded and was an excellent two days of engaging presentations and workshops. Delegates who have registered for the Conference will be able to access all content on-demand over the next 12 months. 

For those who missed out on the Conference but are still interested in accessing on-demand content are able to purchase access HERE. For a taste of what you can expect, see the program below. 



Day One | Friday 3 December

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Day One | Friday 3 December

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Keynote Speakers

Professor Tim Noakes

Prof Noakes studied at the University of Cape Town (UCT), obtaining a MBChB degree and an MD and DSc (Med) in Exercise Science.
He is now an Adjunct Professor at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) , following his retirement from the Research Unit of Exercise Science and Sports Medicine.

In 1995 he was a co-founder of the now prestigious Sports Science Institute of South Africa(SSISA). He has been rated an A1 scientist by the National Research Foundation of SA (NRF) for a third5-year term. In 2008 he received the Order of Mapungubwe, Silver, from the President of South Africa for his “excellent contribution in the field of sports and the science of physical exercise”.

Prof Noakes has published more than 750 scientific books and articles. He has been cited more than21 000 times in scientific literature and has an H-index of 77. He has won numerous awards over the years and made himself available on many editorial boards.
He has authored many books. In 2003 he received the UCT Book Award for Lore of Running (4thEdition), considered to be the “bible” for runners.
Since 2011 he has written his autobiography,Challenging Beliefs: Memoirs of a Career, published Waterlogged: The serious problem of overhydration in endurance sports (in 2012), published The Real Meal Revolution (in 2013), co-authored with Jonno Proudfoot, David Grier and Sally-Ann Creed, and following that the child-focused version of this book, Raising Superheroes (in 2015).The latter two are now also published overseas. 

In 2014 he co-wrote Always Believe in Magic, with Kevin Musikanth and Jonathan Kaplan, which is the story of the UCT Ikey Tigers journey to winning the 2014 Varsity Cup. The Banting Pocket Guide was published in 2017, co-authored with Bernadine Douglas and Bridgette Allan and most recently he has co-authored Lore of Nutrition with Marika Sboros. This details his journey from prosecution to innocence.

Following the publication of the best-selling book, The Real Meal Revolution, he founded The NoakesFoundation, the focus of which is to raise funding to support high quality research of the eating plan described in the book.

He is now the co-founder and Chief Medical Director of the Nutrition Network and devotes a majority of his time to promoting the low carbohydrate high fat diet, especially for those with insulin resistance,and on raising funds for Eat Better South Africa! and research through The Noakes Foundation.
He is highly acclaimed in his field and, at age 72, is still physically active, taking part in races up to21kms.


Associate Professor Andrew gardner

Associate Professor Andrew Gardner is a clinical neuropsychologist and research fellow at the School of Medicine and Public Health at the University of Newcastle. He has worked clinically and conducted research in concussion for over a decade. He serves as a member of the World Rugby Concussion working group and is the concussion consultant to Rugby Australia, and an Associate Editor of the Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport. Andrew has been interested in the full spectrum of concussion, from tackle techniques to reduce the risk of injury, to improving the identification of athletes suspected of sustaining a concussion, to assessing players with concussion and monitoring recovery, right through to investigating the potential long term brain health of retired collision sport athletes.


associate professor Kate Ackerman

Kathryn E. Ackerman, MD, MPH is a sports medicine physician and endocrinologist and the medical director of the Female Athlete Program in the Sports Medicine Division at Boston Children's Hospital. Her interests include female athletes, rowing injuries, endocrinology, relative energy deficiency in sport (RED-S), optimizing performance and health in athletes with diabetes, exercise-associated hyponatremia, and exercise and bone health. Dr. Ackerman sees patients in Boston and Waltham.

Dr. Ackerman's interests in clinical care and education involve merging disciplines of sports medicine and endocrinology, while advancing the science and understanding of these interwoven specialties. Dr. Ackerman is a former national team lightweight rower, chair of the US Rowing Medical Commission, member of the World Rowing Medical Commission, and the course director for the Female Athlete Conference, held biennially at Boston Children's Hospital.