The Potentials and Challenges of Research in Dance Medicine & Science: building innovation collaborations between United Kingdom and Brazil
Under the Researcher Links scheme offered within the Newton Fund, the University of Wolverhampton and Universidade Estadual de Goiás, will be holding a workshop on “The Potentials and Challenges of Research in Dance Medicine & Science” in Goiânia, Brazil, from 27 to 31 August 2016.
Dance medicine and science is a timely research topic because dance is a field under great development in Brazil, as it is the 2nd most practiced cultural activity amongst Brazilians. 34 universities in the country offer grad degrees in dance, but just a few offer postgrad education, and none encompass Dance Medicine & Science (DMS). This scenario puts pressure on the professionals that work with dance, that do not have the expertise to deal with the prevention, and the devastating effects of the neglected health issues related to dance practice. Since the start of their dance studies, until the time they are professionals, dancers suffer the most, as they end up stop dancing or working with dance, due to not having the necessary support to get educated to avoid injuries, or to pay for treatments if injured. In Goiânia, and in other cities in Brazil, dance is responsible for the economic development and social welfare of an important part of the population. Goiânia is the hometown of one of the most important contemporary dance companies in Brazil. Besides, 2 fed dance grad courses and a state professional dance school are also available. All of those courses are offered free of charge, and focus at attending the poor populations, that enter them and/or participate of the extension/research projects on demand. Considering that, improvements could be brought about by the offering of complimentary DMS services at the mentioned institutions to prevent and treat illnesses (1st project). That would make needy dancers able to dance longer and get stronger. DMS education could also be offered by the mentioned institutions (2nd project), with dancers and professionals that work with dance receiving proper education in order to start working with DMS (3rd project). That would provide a chance for dancers to transition to well-paid positions at the arts/education and arts/medicine sectors. Those projects would create another reality for the dance field, transforming the society and adding value to the Brazilian cultural heritage. The UK has a world renown dance medicine and science research community and also, through One Dance UK, a very well established dissemination vehicle to promote change through education and best practice within the dance community itself.
For this workshop, we are recruiting Early Career Researchers (ECRs) from both Brazil and the UK with an interest in this research area and from a wide range of disciplines including, but not limited to, biomechanics, exercise physiology, exercise psychology, occupational psychology, neuroscience, medicine, physiotherapy and other allied health disciplines, and others. ECRs are defined as holding a PhD (or having equivalent research or clinical experience) and being currently involved with dance medicine and science research or its dissemination. Participants ideally must hold a research or academic position (a permanent post, research contract, or fellowship, etc.) at a recognized institution, either in the UK or in Brazil. Reasonable travel and accommodation expenses will be covered by the generous support of the British Council and the FAPEG (Fundação de Apoio à Pesquisa do Estado de Goiás).
Applications are closed.