International Summer School

Physical Activity and the Environment: 21st Century Medicine

Physical Activity and the Environment: 21st Century Medicine offers an insight into preventive health, exercise and the environment.  Drawing upon sustained research at Exeter, you will gain a deeper understanding of the science behind the interaction of physical activity and the environment on health across the lifespan.  Topics will include physiological and psychological aspects of health and well being, natural and virtual environments and their impact on health. These topics will span the lifecycle from childhood, through adulthood and old age.  You will be able to interact with internationally renowned and world-class researchers who have experience of working with health, physical activity and the environment.  You will do so over a series of lectures, seminars and practical sessions in natural environments and have a chance to promote and practise 21st Century Medicine.

Timetable and reading list

To view the 2013 timetable and reading list click on the links below:

Physical Activity timetable

Physical Activity reading list

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I am the Director of the Children’s Health and Exercise Research Centre (CHERC). I am also the Director of Postgraduate Studies in Sport and Health Sciences and I lecture on the physiological aspects of the degree programme. My research is internationally recognised in paediatric exercise physiology (particularly the physiological responses to exercise and fatigue) and clinical exercise testing and prescription.

I have authored 110 original and review articles, book chapters and proceedings articles. I am the co-author of three textbooks for undergraduate exercise and sport science students, and I have also co-authored two research related text books. In 2011 I co-edited the conference proceedings text book: Children and Exercise, Pediatric Exercise Physiology XXVII.

I am a Fellow of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences and the American College of Sports Medicine. I am also an Associate Editor for two journals: European Journal of Sports Science and the Journal of Sport Science and Medicine and on the Editoral Board of Pediatric Exercise Science. I am involved in several clinical studies examining the effects of exercise testing and prescription for children with cystic fibrosis and congential heart disease.

Professor Craig Williams, Academic Coordinator for the Physical Activity pathway.