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Introduction I am taking part in a CSIRO Cafe Scientifique event on Canberra Day (11 March). I am delighted to be a panel member with David Rowe and Paul Fairweather. Stefan Hajkowicz is the facilitator. The topic is What is shaping the future of Australian sport? Background I have been thinking and writing about the future of sport of late. Recently, I have posted: Truth, Integrity and Reconciliation A Delightful Day Talking About Football The 'I' Words: Integrity, Indignation and Ilinx Dis-play Controlling the Narrative A year ago I wrote about Stefan Hajkowicz's work on the Future of Australian Sport. I noted then that Stephen and his colleagues had...

Environments

I happened upon three discussions of environments yesterday. The first came via Stephen Downes with a link to to a post about the Telefonplan School in Sweden. The school was designed by RosanBosch. Other designs include the Efterskole, Brotorp and Sodermalm. These are some of the links to the coverage of these designs. Shortly after reading about school design I was on my way to Canberra listening to Radio National. Michael Dunlop was Cameron Wilson's guest on Bush Telegraph. The trail for the conversation was: A new CSIRO study shows that ecosystems we grew up with will be changed so much as a...

The Future of Australian Sport

I was interviewed today by Lisa-Cathrine Wilhelmseder as part of an Australian Sports Commission research project being conducted in partnership with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) into ‘The Future of Australian Sport’. It is "the first research study of its kind to be conducted within the field of Australian sport, the study will examine a range of social, economic, political, environmental and technology insights, to predict trends that may impact the future of Australian sport." For those who would like to have a say on ‘The Future of Australian Sport’ and contribute their views to the study, either: Visit the...

#HPRW10: Megatrends and Megashocks

Stefan Hajkowicz presented the final keynote of the High Performance Research Workshop at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra. Stefan is a principal research scientist who leads CSIRO’s Sustainable Regional Development (SRD) research theme. Stefan's talk looked at Megatrends and Megashocks. CSIRO published Our Future World: an analysis of global trends, shocks and scenarios in April 2010. The report noted that a megatrend "is a collection of trends, patterns of economic, social or environmental activity that will change the way people live and the science and technology products they demand." The report identifies five interrelated megatrends: More...

#HPRW10: How do we make the research effort into high performance sport more effective?

Day 3 started with a Panel presentation on the question of How do we make the research effort into high performance sport more effective? The Panel members were: Allan Hahn, Kristine Toohey, Martin Fitzsimons, Michael McKenna, Gavin Reynolds and myself. Allan Hahn opened the discussion of his approach to the topic: Identify right problems Ensure critical mass of resources Acceess to expertise Short, medium, long term Accommodate different agendas Integrate efforts of geographically distributed groups. Allan explored a Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) model for building an effective research network. He noted the key features of a CRC model....

#HPRW10: Peter Kean and the benefits of technology roadmaps

Tim Kelly (AIS Performance Research Centre) introduced Peter Kean. Peter's talk outlined and discussed the process of technology roadmapping (TRM) as a tool for collaborative planning that might be of interest to high performance sport. Peter suggested that a TRM is a document that: Summarises a need. Records information available about the identified need that has arisen from some key tends and drivers. Identifies technologies Provides some information for cost/benefit/time trade off discussions Peter noted that TRMs can be developed for a ten-year time scale but acknowledged that high performance sport might have different rhythms:  2012, 2014 and 2016 as increments within a six-year...

#HPRW10 Day 2: Mapping

Day Two at #HPRW10 has roadmapping as its theme (program Day 2). The day starts with a keynote address by Peter Kean (CSIRO) The Value of Creating Technology and Research Roadmaps. There follows (at 9.30am) a discussion of performance challenges and the key determinants of success in Olympic and Paralympic sports. Fours sports will explore their challenges: rowing, track and field, triathlon and Winter sport. After the morning break these sports will discuss: Trends and drivers for the future innovation needs of the sport Innovation needs Capabilities of the national system After lunch (2pm) four more sports will address their roadmap issues: swimming, water...

#HPRW10: Introduction

Peter Fricker welcomed workshop delegates on the day after the Federal Budget (see this item too). In his introduction, Peter discussed the outcomes of the internal review at the Australian Institute of Sport and the aim to deliver sustained success in international sport performance. Research and development will play a key role in the AIS's mission. The strategic plan for research at the AIS involves: A focus on practical outcomes for coaches and athletes Awareness and knowledge of global practice Coordinated approaches and collaborative endeavours Demonstrable improvements in performance Communication of research findings and facilitation of better practice Peter noted that the workshop aims to...