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Sport and nutrition
Dr Lisa Ryan (Head of Department of Sport, Exercise and Nutrition, School of Science and Computing, Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology.)
Dr Lisa Ryan has an extensive background in working with the sports industry and providing training and education in sport and nutrition. Her body of research has focused on the role of nutrition and metabolism, functional foods for the management of diabetes and, more recently, the area of concussion equation, awareness and training in sport.
Obesity, disease and philosophy
Is obesity a disease? Over ten years, this question has taken me from philosophy to science and back again, all while my own body changed from fat to thin to somewhere in between. If obesity is a disease, what is its aetiology? Can we define it – or any disease – in purely physical terms or do we need to consider its effects on a person’s life? This talk combines obesity science with the philosophy of disease, with digressions on Minnesotan conscientious objectors, Nordic twins and the problem with Nutella.
Can staring at a goat make us superhuman?
Chris Barrett (Sustainable Designer at Fox in a Box Design, FameLab alumni)
As a designer who is passionate about the natural world, Chris has seen first-hand the benefit of taking direct inspiration from interesting ecology. Not just because these creations are beautiful - but because they work (really well). It's called "Biomimicry" and you'll hear about everything from streamlined birds right up to animal-inspired climbing gear. Not just limited to design, it can be applied directly to almost any element of your life.