Research fund: Bridging Academia, Policy and Practice
news / April 29, 2021
In the last round of research funding, Professor Samantha Punch and the team at BAMSA, won funding for an online Bridge Conference. Details of which can be found below.
The research team, Bridge: A MindSport for All (BAMSA) is hosting an online international conference for academics and bridge practitioners at the end of June. Whilst the focus is on bridge as a mindsport and leisure activity, the four conference themes may appeal to academics interested in sport, ageing, gender, intergenerationality, digital leisure, deviance (cheating in sport), and the impact of Covid-19 on leisure/(mind)sport.
For example, the first day of the conference will focus on where the study of mindsport fits between leisure studies and sport studies. It includes a keynote on wellbeing by US psychologist Professor Martin Seligman (well known for his study of happiness – PERMA).
By showcasing research and innovation, the conference aims to discuss definitions of sport, mindsport, serious leisure and recreation specialisation; the role of bridge in positive psychology and personal wellbeing; and the light the game throws on gender, ageing and interaction between people of different ages and generations.