“Shaping conversations throughout your career. And why investing time and energy into healthy relationships is just as important as the conversations you look forward to having.” 10th Australasian Council of Undergraduate Research (ACUR) Conference, 28-30 September. Invited opening keynote.

“Digitally training skilled recovery from persisting pain: pilot study.” Findings and future directions from research partnership project between Brain Changer and Macquarie University’s Microethnography and Cognitive Ecologies Labs. Kath Bicknell, Greg Downey, Lissanthea Taylor, Edward Grigoryan, John Sutton. 11 February 2022.

“Staying alert to risk and bodily vulnerability in performance and training: a cognitive ethnographic study on the static trapeze.” Performance, Media and Sport seminar series, hosted by the Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies, Aberystwyth University, Wales. 10 February 2021. Invited presentation. You can watch this one on YouTube:

“’No elephants today!’ Multimodal control, obstinacy, and failure in the collaborative development of a bodily skill” with Kristina Brümmer. Collaborative Embodied Performance: ecologies of skill workshop. Hosted on Zoom by the Cognitive Ecologies Lab, Macquarie University, 27 August 2020.

“Cognition, Collaboration and the Highly Context-Sensitive Nature of Affordances.” Actions: The Mental and the Bodily conference. University of Warwick, England, 6-7 July 2019. Invited keynote.

“Anxiety and the sense of agency in skilled action.” Agency workshop. University of Warwick, England. 5 July 2019.

“Facilitating embodied skills under pressure: two anxious moments on the trapeze.” Cognitive Futures in the Arts and Humanities: Paradigms of Understanding – Sharing Cognitive Worlds conference. Johannes Gutenberg-University, Mainz, Germany, 19-23 June 2019.

“What can mountain biking teach philosophers and psychologists about affordances?” with Wayne Christensen. Cognitive Futures in the Arts and Humanities: Paradigms of Understanding – Sharing Cognitive Worlds conference. Johannes Gutenberg-University, Mainz, Germany, 19-23 June 2019.

“From Flips to Foibles: The dynamic experience of embodied expertise.” Workshop on Minds in Skilled Action. University of Wollongong, 26 March, 2019. Invited speaker.

“The multimodal experience of (embodied, performative, life-saving) cues,” as part of a symposium on Movement, Expertise and Creativity. Australasian Society for Philosophy and Psychology inaugural conference. Macquarie University, 5-7 December, 2018.

“Making the implicit explicit: cognitive skill transfer in mountain biking and trapeze.” Australasian Skill Acquisition Network Conference. University of Technology, Sydney, 15-16 November, 2018. Opening panel.

“Cueing embodied action under pressure.” Centre for Elite Performance, Expertise and Training Annual Conference, “High-Stakes Expertise”. Macquarie University, November 12-13, 2018.

“Three anxious moments and why I like them so much.” Music-Emotion-Performance: embodied, interactive, distributed perspectives (workshop), Macquarie University, 13 September, 2018. Co-convenor.

“Where does the research go?” Career development seminar, Department of Performance Studies, University of Sydney, August 31, 2018. Invited speaker.

“Cognitive ethnography on the fly.” Informal, unstated and vital: a cross-disciplinary workshop on creative ideas generation in distributed cognitive systems, Macquarie University, April 5, 2018.

“Scaffolding memory on the static trapeze.” International conference for SARMAC (the Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition). University of Sydney, 3-6 January, 2017.

“Performance Under Pressure: skill, memory and interdisciplinary research.” Memory Day 2015. University of Otago, New Zealand, 6-9 December 2015. Opening panel.

“Interdisciplinary Approaches to Understanding Embodied Action and Expertise.” 2015 Cultural Studies Association of Australasia Conference, “Minor Cultures”. University of Melbourne, 1-3 December 2015. Recipient of Minor Culture travel bursary.

“When Skills on the Bike Become Skills for Life.” 2015 Future of Cycling: Challenges and Possibilities symposium, University of Waikato, Avantidrome, Cambridge, New Zealand, 1-2 October 2015. Invited presentation.

ECR Experience Panel. 2015 Australasian Association for Theatre, Drama and Performance Studies (ADSA) conference, “Revisiting The Player’s Passion: the Science(s) of Acting in 2015”. University of Sydney, 23-6 June 2015. Invited speaker.

“The Senses of Agency and Control in Complex Skilled Action,” with Wayne Christensen. 10th Conference for the Australasian Society for Cognitive Science. Monash University, Melbourne, 8-10 December 2014.

“Technological Innovation and the Female Mountain Biker’s ‘I can’.” 2014 Cultural Studies of Australasia Conference, “Provocations”. University of Wollongong, 2-5 December 2014.

Academic Roundtable. Happiness, Joy and Pleasure Conference. University of Sydney, 26-8 November, 2014. Invited speaker.

“Triggering Better Biking: Action and cognition in performance.” 2013 Conference for the Australasian Skill Acquisition Research Group Conference. Macquarie University, Sydney, June 25-26 2013. Invited presentation.

“Everybody’s Writing.” 5th Annual Australian Cycling Conference, “Everybody’s Cycling?” Adelaide, Jan 21-22 2013. Winner: Best Academic Paper.

“Body-as-Object and the Materiality of Fatigue.” Cultural Studies Association of Australasia Annual Conference, “Materialities: Economies, Empiricism & Things”. University of Sydney, Dec 4-6 2012.

“A Sense of Place, A Sense of Self, A Sense of Something Else.” Phenomenology in Performance Studies panel at the Australasian Association for Theatre, Drama and Performance Studies (ADSA) conference “Transcultural. Transnational. Transformation. : seeing, writing and reading performance across cultures”, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia,  28 June – 1 July 2011.

“Pushing Past Pain.”  Australasian Association for Theatre, Drama and Performance Studies (ADSA) Conference “Stripping Bare…!”, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia 29 June – 2 July 2010.

“What Does Five Minutes FEEL Like?”  “Time, Transcendence Performance” Conference.  Monash University, Melbourne, Australia, 1 – 3 October 2009.

“Sport, Performance and Environment” with Ian Maxwell. Australasian Association for Theatre, Drama and Performance Studies (ADSA) Conference “Turangawaewae: A Sense of Place.”  University of Otago, Dunedin New Zealand, 30 June – 3 July 2008.

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