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Research Councils UK launches debates on cutting edge science behind London 2012

2 February 2012

The Royal Institution, London, was the setting for the launch of the UK-wide Cutting Edge 2012 series, as hundreds flocked to the Faraday Theatre to hear about the science and research that powers the UK’s medal hopefuls.

In the first of these six free to attend events, which will be taking place in towns and cities across the UK this year, Behind Basketball investigated the research behind Olympic and Paralympic Basketball.

Colin Price, silver medal winning captain of Great Britain's Wheelchair Basketball team in Atlanta 1996 and current GB Wheelchair Basketball player Tyler Saunders shared their experiences of Paralympic Sport.

They were joined by Professor Mike Caine, the Director of the Sports Technology Institute at Loughborough University, and explored combining human performance with sport and fitness equipment innovation. Sport psychologist Dr Maria Kavussanu led the discussion on morality in team sport and why athletes engage in cheating.

A further five events will take place up until the London 2012 Games, culminating in the Behind Cycling event in Glasgow, coinciding with The International Convention on Science, Education and Medicine in Sport 2012.

Cutting Edge 2012 is a Research Councils UK event in partnership with the Royal Institution, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, the Institution of Engineering and Technology and Podium (the Further and Higher Education Unit for the 2012 Game.

Cutting Edge 2012: Behind Triathlon
Tuesday 27 March 7.00pm - 8.30pm
Carriageworks, Leeds

Cutting Edge 2012: Behind Athletics
Thursday 26 April 7.00pm - 8.30pm
English Institute of Sport, Sheffield

Cutting Edge 2012: Behind Sailing
Thursday 24 May 7.00pm - 8.30pm
Weymouth Sailing Academy, Weymouth

Cutting Edge 2012: Behind Diving
Thursday 5 July 7.00pm - 8.30pm
Plymouth Life Centre, Plymouth

Cutting Edge 2012: Behind Cycling
Thursday 19 July 7.00pm - 8.30pm
The Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre, Glasgow

 All events are free, but must be booked in advance at


The Cutting Edge debates would be ideal for our A level students but unfortnately all of them are too far away from Cambridge.

Will they be televised or made available using other media?

Posted by Ann Hemming on 2nd February 2012

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