Queensland Museum

SALON: Winning Ways – the use and abuse of performance enhancing technologies

12/03/2016 Queensland Museum
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Queensland Museum


Queensland Museum & Sciencentre, South Brisbane, Queensland, Australia




12:30 - 13:30


Adult: $20 Concession: $15
Aaron Smith Participant Aaron Smith
Daryl Adair Participant Daryl Adair
Richard Ings Participant Richard Ings
Caroline Riot Moderator Caroline Riot

Salon: Winning Ways – the use and abuse of performance enhancing technologies

Ethical considerations surrounding enhancing technologies are an integral part of current regulations in sporting competitions; numerous sporting codes have suffered adverse media and public attention due to the illegal and unethical use of banned substances. Advances in sports science and drug technology abound in the lucrative world of elite sport. Where do these advancements intersect with current sporting codes of ethics? Why do we accept the enhancement of equipment but not of the athletes themselves? How has the belief scale of athletes altered, especially in relation to fairness?

What is a Salon event?
World Science Festival Brisbane SALON events invite you to dive deeper into the science of specific topics, these informal discussions challenge participants to consider their shared passions from a fresh perspective.

By starting a dialogue, the Salon is designed to spark new explorations of science by the participants and the audience. The Salon sessions are smaller in capacity so audience and participants can enter into conversation at a detailed and thorough level.

Meet the Speakers

Daryl Adair is Associate Professor of Sport Management at University of Technology Sydney. He is interested in policies and programs associated with both performance enhancing and illicit drugs in sport, and is a frequent media commentator on both issues. His column, ‘The Bounce of the Ball’, can be found at The Conversation. Adair is on the editorial board of several journals devoted to the study of sport and society, the most relevant to doping and technology being Performance Enhancement and Health.

Richard Ings has been involved in sporting rules administration and enforcement for over 15 years. In 2005 Richard was appointed Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority ASADA, a role which he held until 2010. In that role he was responsible for implementing Federal Government policy for protecting Australian sports and athletes from performance enhancing drugs.

Dr Caroline Riot is a lecturer with the Griffith Business School, Department of Tourism, Sport and Hotel Management at Griffith University.
Previous to this role Dr Riot was a recipient of an International Olympic Committee (IOC) research award for her doctoral thesis titled “Needs of elite athletes in contemporary sport” where she travelled to eight countries to investigate elite sport systems, and the personal development and performance needs of athletes. Dr Riot also worked with the Queensland Government International Sport Unit in the lead-up to Sydney 2000, and the Queensland Police Service as a Physical Activities Officer.

Aaron Smith is a Professor in the Graduate School of Business and Law, College of Business at RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia. Formerly, Aaron was the Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor in RMIT Business, and prior to that a Head of Department at La Trobe University. He has taught at five universities in Australia as well as in Asia, North America, Europe and the Middle East.

Aaron has research interests in the management of psychological, organisational and policy change in business, sport, health, religion and society, and has authored 17 books and over 100 academic articles concerning these issues. Aaron’s qualifications include a Bachelor of Applied Science (Hons) and two doctorates, the first in change management and the second in cognitive science.

Queensland Museum

Queensland Museum & Sciencentre, South Brisbane, Queensland, Australia