CEPET Annual Conference

CEPET Annual Conference

Creating Experts:

The Science of Training

4th Annual Conference of Macquarie University's Centre for Elite Performance, Expertise, and Training

Macquarie University, November 7-8, 2019

Expertise is essential to the performance of many activities. But what are the best practices for developing and maintaining expertise? How can a scientific understanding of human cognitive and perceptual functioning inform these practices? What modern training methods and technologies, including artificial intelligence technologies, can help advance expertise training in the future? How do communities of practice, in specific cultural settings, sustain performance over time?

Macquarie University’s 4th Annual Conference of the Centre for Elite Performance, Expertise and Training will explore these questions across a wide range of behavioural contexts; from the training of resilience in high stakes military and sports contexts, to skills training and execution in the performing arts, to social and perceptual-motor skills training for everyday human interaction.

Ideal for academics, business leaders and those interested in elite-level performance and training, this conference will explore how existing and future methods of expertise development and training can be applied across a wide range of behavioural contexts.

This year the conference was held at the MGSM Executive Hotel and Conference Centre, 1 Management Drive, Macquarie University, NSW, Australia.

Check out social media highlights from the conference by following the hashtag #CEPET2019.

Download the conference program.

Program at a Glance

Day 1: Thursday, November 7, 2019




Introduction and welcome


Keynote 1: Professor Cliff Mallett, School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences, University of Queensland


Morning tea


Paper session 1: Developing and maintaining elite performance in sport




Speed-paper session: Hot topics in elite performance, expertise, and training


Afternoon tea


Paper session 2: Training resilience


Free conference networking event @ MQ UBAR

Day 2: Friday, November 8, 2019




Keynote 2: Dr Adele Pavlidis, Centre for Social and Cultural Research, Griffith University


Morning tea


Paper session 3: Training in communities of practice




Paper session 4: Developing musical expertise

3-3:15pmAfternoon tea


Paper session 5: Artificial intelligence in human expertise and training


Closing remarks and conference close

Keynote Speakers

Professor Cliff Mallett

School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences, University of Queensland, Australia

Professor Cliff Mallett joined the School of Human Movement Studies in 2000 after a career in physical education and also in elite coaching as a National High-Performance Coach in track and field with the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) and the Queensland Academy of Sport (QAS). He teaches undergraduate and graduate students and actively researches in the area of elite sport. Prof. Mallett regularly consults with elite coaches and athletes as well as coach developers in several national sporting organisations and international organisations.

Professor Mallett's program of research has informed both policy and practice in sports coaching, in both the youth development and elite sports sectors - nationally and internationally. He has published extensively in sport psychology and coaching to foster an evidence-based approach to coach learning, development, and subsequent practice to foster positive outcomes for all actors in the sport setting, especially the athletes.

Dr Adele Pavlidis

Centre for Social and Cultural Research, Griffith University, Australia

Dr Adele Pavlidis received her PhD in 2013 from Griffith University where she currently works in the Griffith Centre for Social and Cultural Research as a Research Fellow. Her work focuses on affective-discursive relations and the ways health and wellbeing are enabled or impeded by a range of sport and physical cultural practices.

In 2018, Dr Pavlidis began an ARC DECRA fellowship that explores the ways Australian sporting culture is changing, focused particularly on women in contact sports. She has published two monographs, Sport, Gender and Power: The Rise of Roller Derby (with Simone Fullagar, 2014, Routledge) and Feminism and a vital politics of depression (with Simone Fullagar and Wendy O'Brien, 2019, Palgrave) as well as articles in internationally recognised journals in sport, sociology, cultural studies, and leisure studies.

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