Early Career Network

The ECN provides networking, mentoring and capacity building opportunities for students, and early career professionals (researchers, practitioners and policy makers) in the physical activity field.

Chair: Sarah Edney, Senior Research Fellow, Physical Activity & Nutrition Determinants in Asia (PANDA), Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, National University of Singapore and National University Health System


  • Matthew ‘Tepi’ McLaughlin, Senior Project Officer, Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, Western Australia and Senior Research Assistant, University of Newcastle
  • Jessica Seymour, PhD Candidate, University of Canberra
  • Kuston Sultoni, PhD Candidate, The University of Sydney, based at Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia
  • Lucy Corbett, Associate Lecturer of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Public Health, University of Sydney.
  • Liz McKibben, PhD Candidate, Victoria University of Wellington
  • Kristen Clark, Senior Health Promotion Officer, Health and Wellbeing Queensland
  • Kar-Hau Chong (John), Research Fellow, University of Wollongong

We are a friendly group who meet monthly to develop resources, organise events and contribute to ASPA activities. If you are interested in getting more involved in ASPA, the ECN is the perfect place for early career professionals to start.

Contact or admin@aspactivity.org or sarah.edney@nus.edu.sg to find out more.

Resources for Early Career Professionals

ASPA 2022 Conference Field Guide

Ahead of the ASPA Conference 2022 the ECN have again crowd sourced and produced a Field Guide for Early Career Professionals. The #ASPA2022 field guide provides must-read information on the conference themes.

Physical Activity Debate

In May 2021 ASPA’s Early Career Network and ISPAH brought together physical activity experts in a fun and thought-provoking debate. The topic, the likelihood of achieving a 15% reduction in physical inactivity by 2030, as set out in the WHO’s Global Action Plan on Physical Activity 2018–2030.
What were the arguments, whose message was funniest and most compelling, and which team was declared winner? Results from the debate were recently published in the Journal of Physical Activity and Health.