RISES welcomes Expertise and Skill Acquisition Network
11 April 2012
The 3rd Annual Meeting of the 'Expertise and Skill Acquisition Network' (ESAN) was recently hosted by the School of Sport and Exercise Sciences and the Research Institute for Sport and Exercise Sciences via their 'Brain and Behaviour' research group and its 'Expert Performance and Learning' team.
ESAN is a Special Interest group of The British Psychological Society (BPS), but also has members from across Europe. The group aims to increase the profile and applied impact of research into expertise and skill acquisition within the UK and Europe. 45 researchers and applied practitioners who have an interest in expertise, skill acquisition, and their affiliated areas attended the meeting at LJMU's Tom Reilly Building.
Professor Vincent Walsh from the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience at University College London, provided a keynote presentation entitled 'A brain for sport; a brain for learning; a brain for life'. He presented work showing the plasticity of the brain in the learning of complex tasks and detailed how skill learning could be optimised. The rest of the meeting was centred on presenting findings from recent research programmes and on discussing implications for practitioners. Oral and poster presentations on a range of topics were provided by researchers and practitioners from the University of Exeter, University of Birmingham, LJMU, VU University Amsterdam and UK Sport among others.
The meeting provided an opportunity to share research, network, spark discussion and help set agendas for future research and its application in the UK and Europe. LJMU's Professor. A. Mark Williams provided the opening and closing statements. During the closing statement he described how the development of expertise and learning generally is central to the performance of the workforce across most domains including sport, law enforcement, medicine etc., meaning that ESAN, its members and the work they do can play an important role in the future by helping to optimise that workforce's performance, learning and development.
The 4th Annual Meeting of the 'Expertise and Skill Acquisition Network (ESAN) will be held at The English Institute of Sport in the spring of 2013. If you are interested in learning more about ESAN and associated areas of interest email Dr Paul R. Ford firstname.lastname@example.org
Pictured: Professor Vincent Walsh from University College London presenting at the 3rd Annual Meeting of the 'Expertise and Skill Acquisition Network' (ESAN) held in the School of Sport and Exercise Sciences, Tom Reilly Building.