Annual Expert Lecture

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We’re thrilled to welcome neuroscientist Shane O’Mara as our guest speaker for this year’s online Expert Lecture.

'In Praise of Walking: The new science of how we walk and why it’s good for us'

10.30 – 12.00, Tuesday, 27 October

Shane is a Professor of Experimental Brain Research from Trinity College Dublin whose enthusiasm for walking and its powerful benefits stem from his main research interests: stress, depression and anxiety; and learning, memory and cognition.

The lecture will explore the new science of how we walk and why it’s good for us. Shane will share the fascinating science behind why walking can unlock cognitive powers in the brain like nothing else. His lecture will help us understand the true superpowers of everyday walking.

In conversation with Professor Shane O’Mara and Dr William Bird MBE

Following the short lecture, Shane will be joined by Dr William Bird, GP and CEO of Intelligent Health, for a stimulating conversation on the powers of walking.

William, who set up the first Health Walk scheme in 1996, will add to Shane’s science of why walking is good for us by exploring the role of walking on building immunity.

The thought-provoking discussion will assess the vital role walking can play in tackling some of our biggest public health challenges, including Covid-19.

Who should attend?

Those with an interest in creating a Scotland where physical activity improves quality of life and wellbeing for all.

If you work in policy, health promotion, public health, academia, environment, planning or active travel this is a must attend event.

Book your place now by signing up here.