European Workshop in Sport Science (EWSS): Social media and sport science research – Do not miss the boat – MR 22.10.2014
In the framework of the annual congresses ECSS offers educational workshops to its members. The workshops aim to improve skills in key competences of science and research and the themes targeted especially to the members dedicated to develop their skills in the area of sport science research.
EWSS at the ECSS Amsterdam 2014 - Social media and sport research
The 2014 ECSS workshop on social media and sport aimed to transform novice to guru in three hours. Delegates were invited to bring their devices, sit back, and get online. The most prominent social media platforms were covered and discussions took place around mobile apps, big data, plugins, extensions, and new digital tools for research.
Conversations also focused on the use of social media by scientists to develop their research and their research impact. The workshop featured presentations and demonstrations of some of the latest mobile apps – including Google Glass - many of which can be utilised within research, or as a way of advancing public engagement with science.
Original, unpublished research insights from the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games were presented, where social media use was a prominent vehicle for communicating what was taking place during the competitions.
The workshop was led by Professor Andy Miah of the University of the West of Scotland, UK, who said that:
“Ignoring social media today is like ignoring email in 1994. With the mobile health market estimated to be worth $50 billion by 2020, it is important that sport, exercise and health scientists get on board with digital and wearable technology."
The workshop was coordinated for the ECSS by Kate Nuttall, Publisher at Taylor & Francis, who said:
"The workshop aimed to showcase some of the key ways in which social media is being used by different industries around the globe to reach wider audiences and engage with customers in new ways. It was clear that researchers and practitioners are now adopting these habits and skills into their own routines and to increase their research impact. Dr Grant Abt from the University of Hull, UK, also joined the workshop to talk about the use of social media in journal publishing”.
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