Operating at the boundaries: The art of applying science in elite sport

7.00pm to 8.30pm, Wednesday 13 September

The Theatre

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Standard £16


Concession £10


Ri Members and Ri Patrons £7

Event description

Ever wondered what Olympians and Formula One drivers have in common, whether a future of human-centred technology is possible or how science contributes to race speed?

Former F1 driver Susie Wolff and Olympic gold medallist and VP of Business Development at QuantumBlack, Anna Watkins will share their unique and motivational stories. Join in as they discuss how an increasing reliance on data, science and technology is reshaping the world of sport.


The doors will open at approximately 6:30pm, with a prompt start at 7:00pm. There will be time for questions after the talk.


Susie Wolff MBE is a former Williams F1 Test Driver. 

Suise began in Formula Renault UK Championship, where she notched three podiums and was twice nominated for British Young Driver of the Year Award. After a brief spell in Formula 3, she made her name with Mercedes-Benz in DTM, the German Touring Car Championship, between 2006 and 2012. It was in this year that Susie moved into F1, being signed by Williams.

Wolff entered as a development driver for the team, holding the position for two seasons before being promoted to a test driver for the 2015 season. At the 2014 British Grand Prix Susie made history by becoming the first woman to take part in a Formula One race weekend in 22 years.

Anna Watkins PhD, MBE is a double Olympic medallist and two-times World Champion in the women’s double scull.

After winning bronze with Elise Laverick at Beijing 2008, Anna forged an outstanding partnership with Katherine Grainger that culminated in an unforgettable gold-medal triumph at the London 2012 Games.

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