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Dr Adam Hawkey

Associate Professor

Faculty of Sport, Health and Social Sciences

Adam Hawkey


Dr Adam Hawkey is Associate Professor of Sport Science and Human Performance and a Strategic Lead for Knowledge Exchange at Solent University Southampton. He co-chairs Solent’s Public Engagement Network and heads up its associated Training and Development Programme. He was also co-lead for Solent’s successful application for a Silver Engage Watermark from the National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE).

Adam is an Honorary Professor of Sports Science at the Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Sciences (SIMATS University) in India, and Honorary Lecturer in the School of Medicine at the University of Dundee. A former Director and Deputy Chair of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES), he has recently been appointed onto the Performance Sport Professional Development Committee of the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA) and the Executive Board of The Biomechanics Initiative (the founders and coordinators of National Biomechanics Day).

Accredited by BASES (in both physiology and biomechanics) and awarded Chartered Scientist status (CSci) from the Science Council, Adam has had professional roles at the Olympic, Paralympic, Commonwealth and Highland Games, and the Ryder Cup. He has also worked with military personnel (including the SAS and Parachute Regiment), Antarctic explorers, and extreme endurance athletes. He has provided scientific support to performers from a range of sports and disciplines, including football teams from the English Premier League.

He regularly presents his research at national and international conferences and frequently appears as an expert on BBC television and radio on a range of topics related to sport, exercise, and health. Publishing his findings in peer-reviewed journals, he acts as a reviewer, editor, and editorial board member, for respected publications. He was also recently appointed a scientific consultant (and narrator) for a special sport and exercise animation commissioned by The Physiological Society. Such is his standing in the international sport and exercise community that he was been invited to be the keynote speaker at a number of high-profile events in China, India, USA, Middle East, UK, Europe, and the Caribbean.

A former researcher in NASA’s Biomedical Office at the Kennedy Space Center, Adam continues to contribute to the understanding of human performance during spaceflight missions. This has included being a scientific advisor for a Surviving in Space project and animation with The Physiological Society and an editor for a report about the terrestrial application of space-based life science research for the UK Space Life and Biomedical Sciences (UK SpaceLABS). Most recently he was appointed onto the United Nations (UN) Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) Space and Global Health Working Group. As one of 80 international experts Adam has made a significant contribution to a UN Scientific and Technical Subcommittee report and resolutions submitted to, and approved by, the UN General Assembly.

In recognition of his service to sport and exercise science, human spaceflight, and education, he has been awarded Fellowships of BASES (FBASES) and the British Interplanetary Society (FBIS), and a Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA) respectively.

Further information

Adam is a highly respected consultant, having worked on a variety of projects with medical research companies, professional sports teams, individual athletes, and sporting governing bodies and federations. He has extensive experience providing sports science testing for Premier League/Championship football teams and Olympic/Paralympic athletes, assessing bone health and body composition for British Judo and GB Gymnastics, and advising International Football Association on various developments. He was also an Official Biomechanics Expert at the London 2012 Olympic/Paralympic Games.

During the research for, and the completion of, the “Why Space? The opportunity for health and life sciences innovation” report on behalf of the UK Space Life and Biomedical Sciences sector, Adam worked closely with a range of companies and organisations from the pharmaceutical, satellite, health and medical sectors.

Previously, as a Director of BASES, Adam was involved in strategic planning and was the associations lead for professional accreditation and undergraduate endorsement. In these roles Adam regularly collaborated with organisations such as the English Institute of Sport (EIS), Sport England and the Football Association; in addition to working with UK universities and government departments. He was involved in a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA), an agreement to join the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) Physical Activity and Lifestyle (PAL) project, and a partnership with the English Premier League. He continues to work with sporting National Governing Bodies (NGBs) in his role with CIMSPA.


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