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Cutting Edge 2012 event to explore the research behind sailing


Cutting Edge 2012 event to explore the research behind sailing


Sailing fans are being invited to explore the research behind the sport at a free event in the run up to the Olympic Games. The Cutting Edge: Behind Sailing event on Thursday 24 May at the Weymouth and Portland Sailing Academy will feature Professor Steve Haake, double Olympic medalist Simon Hiscock, and top sports scientists in an interactive session with demonstrations of technology and sport.

The chance to question scientists & athletes
The event will give attendees the chance to question both the scientists who develop the cutting-edge technology behind sport, and the high-achieving athletes who use it. Professor Steve Haake, one of the UK’s top sports scientists, will be joined by Professor Glen McHale, who develops extremely water repellent high tech surfaces that can help to reduce drag in boats, and Dr Judith Wolf, an expert in coastal modeling of tides and currents and the brains behind Team GB’s gold medal at the Seoul Olympics. Dr David James will also take part, leading the discussion on how far research and new technologies should be used in the quest to win gold.

Interactive sessions with demonstrations
The Cutting Edge 2012 event series consists of six sessions in total, all themed around a different sport, and will feature a range of sports stars and top scientists in an interactive session with demonstrations. The evening events are an initiative by Research Councils UK (RCUK), and are an opportunity to question both cutting-edge researchers and high-achieving athletes.

Look behind the scenes at what it takes to win Gold
Professor Steve Haake, head of Sports Engineering Research at Sheffield Hallam University and Chair of the event commented: "Cutting Edge is a chance for the general public to look behind the scenes at what it takes to win Gold at the Olympics. Elite sport needs elite support and the Cutting Edge series showcases some of the key expertise provided by the UK's academics and practitioners helping our athletes get the competitive edge needed to come first. These skills include engineering, technology, physiology and psychology as well as elite athletes themselves. Our audiences will be encouraged to ask questions and we will not shy away from the difficult ones - in return we may just ask some searching questions of the audience themselves."


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