Liverpool has won its bid to host a prestigious international sports science conference in 2020.

The International Society of Biomechanics in Sports has chosen to host its 38th conference in the city, following a bid led by two academics from Liverpool John Moores University. Dr Mark Lake, Associate Professor of Biomechanics and Dr Mark Robinson, Assistant Professor in Biomechanics presented the city’s case to decision makers at this year’s conference in Cologne.

The bid was put together in collaboration with Club Liverpool, the city’s programme to work with academics and business leaders and help them identify, win and deliver conferences.

This event is a prime example of what Club Liverpool seeks to do; work with experts from academia to identify a conference in their field, then work alongside them to develop a bid and ultimately win more conferences for the city.

It will bring around 500 sports biomechanics experts to the Redmonds Building, the new £37m home of the Liverpool Business School. It is the first time the conference will be held in the UK, largely thanks to LJMU’s reputation as a world leader for both research and academic leadership in the field.

Dr Mark Lake said: “The School of Sport and Exercise Sciences and the whole of Liverpool John Moores University is delighted to extend a welcome to ISBS. Liverpool is a city of sport, of culture and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The conference will offer a vibrant environment for delegates who will be exposed to an array of high-quality sport and exercise biomechanics. The School and Research Institute are committed to the translation of high level science in order to impact the end-user. This conference allows us to bring world experts together in order to share and enhance our commitment to having a positive impact on our communities.”

Jane Fawley, Club Liverpool manager, said: “We’re so happy that the society has chosen to bring its first conference in Britain to the city. We have worked closely with the two Marks from LJMU to develop the bid, combining their expertise with our support on destination materials and logistics. Our ambassadors do an excellent job bidding and campaigning to bring these prestigious events here, so it’s only right this work should be recognised.”

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