Ursula Lockley Travel Bursary
Jouni Ronkainen
Sports Technology Research Group


I used the prize money to visit Bavaria in the South East of Germany. The trip was split into three sections. The first part of the trip consisted of attending the 6th International Conference on Sports Engineering, which ties in with my PhD field of work. I also presented my first conference paper at this event, which was being held in the Olympia Park in historic Munich. 

The second part of my visit consisted of travelling up to Nurnberg to visit ex-colleagues from adidas, who I worked with before starting my PhD. I even managed a trip to the adidas outlet store which is based in Herzogenaurach which is where both puma and adidas HQ’s are based.

Finally I travelled back to Munich to spend a day at ISPO 06, which is the largest sports goods exhibition held annually within Europe. I therefore had the chance to speak with prospective employers and see the latest innovations within the sports industry. The week spent in Germany allowed me to pick up a few new phrases in German, so on the whole the trip was really enjoyable.