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Professor to discuss sport doping at Royal Society


Leeds Beckett University Professor Sue Backhouse has been invited to speak at the prestigious Royal Society.

Overhead of image of athletes running on track

Sue, who is the Director of Research for Sport and Exercise Science, Leisure and Tourism, will examine whether dopers are made or born as part of the society’s Summer Science Exhibition on Saturday 6 July.

The 15-minute lightning lecture will focus on the psychology behind doping, a research area she has specialised in for much of her academic career in the Carnegie School of Sport.

Over the past 12 months, Sue has continued to grow her reputation across the world and shared her expertise at the World Anti-Doping Agency’s Global Education Conference in Beijing in October.

Speaking about her upcoming lecture, Sue said: “It’s a great honour to be able to share some of our research with one of the world’s most important and prestigious academic societies.

“That I’ve been invited is proof that there is an appetite to look more closely into doping and the reasons behind it. By understanding why athletes dope and the environmental contexts which enable doping, we can take an evidence-based approach to preserve the integrity of sport.”

Fellow Leeds Beckett academic Dr John Elliott, from the School of Computing, Creative Technologies & Engineering, has also featured at the summer exhibition, presenting his work on extra-terrestrial communication.

The Royal Society is the oldest scientific organisation in Britain, and counts Elon Musk, Tim Berners-Lee and David Attenborough among its current Fellows.

More details on Sue’s lecture and the summer exhibition are available here.

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