Outdoor Swimming Research Forum 2024

Outdoor Swimming Research Forum 2024
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You are invited to the Outdoor Swimming Research Forum at the Windermere Jetty Museum on 12-13th September 2024. This 1.5-day research forum will share and generate research opportunities with professional organisations and academic researchers invested in outdoor swimming.

This is not an open-public event. The forum will host up to 40 international academic researchers, professional organisations, and others actively invested in equitable knowledges, participation, and research within outdoor swimming.

Over the 1.5 days, there will be 12 presentations, a facilitated workshop, informal networking, and opportunities to swim/dip in Windermere’s iconic waters. We hope you can make it! Please read through this event page and submit your application at the bottom of the page. 

If you are interested in presenting your research or work within outdoor swimming at the forum, there is a call to submit an abstract below. We welcome submissions from both academic and non-academic members. Unfortunately, there are no reimbursements for talks, travel, or accommodation. 

This forum has been funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, the South West Doctoral Training Partnership, and the University of Exeter (Geography).

Thursday 12th Sep 2024 (Full Day)

  • - Check-in (09:30) at Windermere Jetty Museum
  • - Introduction (09:45)
  • - Presentations 1, 2, 3, 4 (10:10 - 11:30)
  • - Break (11:30 - 11:50)
  • - Presentations 5, 6, 7, 8 (11:50 - 13:10)
  • - Lunch (13:10 - 14:10)
  • - Presentations 9, 10, 11, 12 (14:10 - 15:30)
  • - Final reflections (15:40)
  • - Optional networking or swimming (16:00 onwards) at Rayrigg Meadow

Friday 13th Sep 2024 (Half Day)

  • - Optional swim (07:30) at Rayrigg Meadow bathing site
  • - Check-in (09:30) at Windermere Jetty Museum
  • - Introduction (09:45)
  • - Directions for Outdoor Swim Research (10:00 - 11:30)
  • - Break (11:30 - 11:45)
  • - Directions for Outdoor Swim Research (11:45 - 12:45)
  • - Final reflections (12:45)

Supported By

Swim-along Interviews

Taylor Butler-Eldridge

University of Exeter

Rebecca Olive

Rebecca Olive

RMIT University

Ronan Foley

Ronan Foley

Maynooth University

Kate Moles

Kate Moles

Cardiff University

Jonny Cowie

Jonny Cowie

Outdoor Swimmer Magazine

Jess Emsley

Jess Emsley

Nottingham Trent University

Ben Cannon

Ben Cannon

Videographer

Heidi Kearsey

Heidi Kearsey

Swim Guide

Wayne Singleton

Wayne Singleton

Swim Guide

Gilly McArthur

Gilly McArthur

Swim Guide

Windermere Jetty Museum (Venue)

Rayrigg Road, Windermere, LA23 1BN.

The forum is being held at the Windermere Jetty Museum (Wolfson Learning Centre), which overlooks the water and surrounding mountains. The venue has rowed seating and has wheelchair friendly access. There is no quiet room, but there is outside seating and shoreline space. Catering will be provided. Free parking is available on-site for event guests (the gates are locked at 5pm). There are busses to/from Windermere train station from Bowness-on-Windermere. The train connects to Oxenholme with connections to London, Birmingham, Manchester, Glasgow, and Edinburgh. There are numerous accommodation options in/near Windermere or Bowness. Unfortunately, we cannot reimburse travel or accommodation costs.

Rayrigg meadow (Bathing Site)

Rayrigg Road, Windermere, LA23 1BP.

Optional swims/dips will be held at Rayrigg Meadow (designated public bathing site) and safeguarded by 3 local qualified swim guides. Please note: These are not facilitated swims, kit will not be provided, and you are responsible for your own swim safety. Rayrigg Meadow is within short walking distance to the Jetty Museum (pavement access). Paid council car parking is available and there is sometimes free space on Birthwaite Road. The bathing site has ramp access and public toilets, but there are no on-shore changing facilities available.

Speakers TBC

If you wish to present your research or work at the forum, please submit an abstract alongside your application in the form below.

Please submit before Friday 31st May 2024.

Applications

Please submit your application in the form below.

If you wish to present, please submit an abstract (200w max) using the same form.

Forum Presentations

Presentations will be held on Thursday 12th September 2024 only. Each presentation slot is 15 minutes (max) with 5 minutes for questions.

The forum will be delivered in-person. However, following consent from our speakers, we aim to video record the presentations and publish on YouTube.

We welcome presentations from academic researchers, professional organisations, and others that address and promote equitable knowledges, participation, and research within outdoor swimming.

These may address questions of risk, safety, infrastructure, representation, community, in/exclusion, water quality, custodianship, and our more-than-human relationships. This is not an exhausted list, and we are open to other ideas and outputs.

Please submit your abstract (200w max) alongside your application before 31st May 2024. Let us know in the form if you have any extra requirements.

We will review your submission and inform you of the outcome in June 2024.

Deadline: 31st May 2024

Submit your application and abstract (optional) before 31st May 2024. 

We will confirm your place via email.

For any further information or concerns, please contact the lead organiser:

Taylor Butler-Eldridge (tb585@exeter.ac.uk)

Application Form (Before: 31st May 2024)











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