Keynote Speakers

Dr Nick Winkelman 

“What we say matters: an applied look at the role of motor learning in sports performance”

Nick Winkelman is the head of athletic performance & science for the Irish Rugby Football Union. His primary role is to oversee the delivery and development of strength & conditioning and sports science across all national (Men and Women | XV’s and 7’s) and provincial teams (Leinster, Munster, Connacht, and Ulster).  Nick received his Bachelors degree in exercise and sports science through Oregon State University and his Masters in strength and conditioning through Edith Cowan University. Nick recently completed his PhD through Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions with a dissertation focus in motor learning and sprinting. Nick has certifications through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), USA Weightlifting (USAW), and USA Track and Field (USATF). Nick is an internationally recognized speaker on human performance and coaching science, and has multiple publications through the UKSCA, NSCA and IDEA Health and Fitness.

Dr Barry Lambe

‘Real world research and scalability; the path to a physically active population’.
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 programme.