Early Career Research 'Stars'

Following a competitive process, two early career researchers have been awarded a plenary presentation in the conference programme. These will take place on the Thursday morning in the main conference room.


Barry Lambe is a lecturer in Physical Activity in Waterford Institute of Technology and programme leader for the BA (hons) in Exercise and Health Studies. He originally trained in Physical Education in the University of Wales, Cardiff and later completed Masters Degrees in both Exercise Science and Health Promotion. He has accumulated significant experience in both physical activity promotion and health-related research. This includes working as a physical activity promotion officer with the Midland Health Board and as a researcher with the Irish College of General Practitioners. He has been a tutor for the National GP Exercise Referral Programme, a trainer for the National Men’s Health Training Programme and is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers. In 2015, Barry completed his PhD in the area of active travel and is currently working with local authorities to evaluate regional Smarter Travel programmes.

Presentation Title: Recession, car restriction and reticence; understanding the process in Ireland’s active travel towns

Kelly Mackintosh received a BSc (Hons) degree in Sport and Exercise Science from the University of Bath in 2008 followed by an MSc in Sports Science from Loughborough University in 2009.  She then completed her PhD at Liverpool John Moores University in 2012. Kelly was appointed as a Lecturer at Swansea University in July 2012, and progressed to Senior Lecturer in October 2013.She is primarily interested in children’s physical activity and health, and in particular, school-based interventions. She mainly focuses on physical activity measurement and the role of behaviour change in developing physically active young people.Working in close partnership with computer scientists and engineers has recently allowed the development of ubiquitous social goal sharing technology to enhance physical activity levels. Much work has now focused on clinical populations, including strong links with the physiotherapists and consultants within Cystic Fibrosis clinics, and Asthma UK. 


Presentation Title: Using ubiquitous technology and 3D printing to promote children’s physical activity levels

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