The Bournemouth Air Festival is an annual air show held along the coast at Bournemouth. It has featured aircraft from the Royal Air Force and the Royal Navy, as well as civil aviation displays.
This year I took part in the event, of course not as a pilot but as a researcher.
Bournemouth University has organised a great event in within the air festival: The scientific Tent. In which side by side researchers from BU and South Hampton University explained their research to the public.
It was a great opportunity to learn about biodiversity, engineering, biology, archaeology and of course physiology.
I am thankful to the people who helped me with my table. I find the experience rewarding as I got in contact with the people from Bournemouth explaining what inspiratory muscle training is how important is to practice physical exercise on a daily basis.
Also in 2017 thanks to Bournemouth University, I had the opportunity to volunteer for the Festival of Learning
Here is what we have done:
8 July – A-mazing student research, organised by Hannah Jones.
o Description: Fancy getting lost in our research maze? Join us inside the maze for a chance to see some of the fantastic work that BU students are doing to make an impact in the world around them. The only question is – will you turn left or right?
I actively participate in this event by explaining what the human balance is, why is important to prevent a fall accident in our older adult community and the latest intervention of falls prevention.
9 July – Falls prevention: how good is your balance, organised by me.
o Description: Balance is the body`s ability to stay upright and control of movement. It is necessary for all daily activities, but over time, adults lose this ability, The interactive drop-in session will show the importance of falls prevention, testing your balance with simple but fun tests. Come and learn more about your balance and what you can do to avoid a falls.
With help from Dr James Gavin, PRG Yolanda Barrado-Martin, PRG Iram Bibi, PRG Eduardo Carbonell we brought the balance, strength and cognitive tests in the fantastic quay of Poole.
10 July – Orthopaedic research institute: Expert talks, organised by Tom Wainwright.
o Description: Expert speakers invited by BU`s Orthopaedic Research Institute will share the insight of the latest developments in orthopaedic patient care. Join us to find out about the most recent expertise through a series of informative, fun and entreating presentation.
I actively participate in this event by demonstrating how new VICON technology works.
It was a formative, challenging and fun experience.
The Festival of Learning (FOL) is at its fifth year and runs from Saturday 8 to Wednesday 12 July, in Bournemouth and Poole. With over 140 events and activities, we will learn about health science, psychology, palaeontology, sport science, cybernetic, medicine and lots more!
I already helped last year (2016) in two activities:
For the Research Staff Association – Making a difference through research, research with impact. For which I made a small presentation about my research, discussing methodology, outcomes and impact on future studies. It was a great opportunity, and I met other great researchers from BU.
I helped in a drop-in activity about the importance of sport exercises for health and wellness in which Dr James Gavin, organised a battery of tests (i.e. time up and go, functional reach, five sit to stand). We met the community of Bournemouth, and it was great to see so many people get involved with excitement about research, thrilling to learn more about the importance of sport for their wellness.
Here a small video about the activities of 2016:
This year, I am going to participate in two events:
On the 8th I will be in Talbot Campus explaining the latest research on falls prevention for the activity: A-mazing student research.
On the 10th I will be at the Orthopedic Research Institute for the activity: Expert Talks, in which expert speakers invited by BU’s Orthopedic Research Institute will share insights on the latest development in orthopaedic patient care.
Falls Prevention: How good is your balance – Balance is the body’s ability to stay upright and in control of movement. It is necessary for all daily activities, but over time, adults lose it. The interactive drop-in session will show the importance of falls prevention, testing your balance with simple and fun tests. Come and learn more about your balance and what you can do to avoid a fall.
I am sure this is going to be an exciting experience, and I hope to see you there, for more information, please contact Bournemouth University directly.