Sitting Less and Moving More to Improve Health Outcomes with Professor Neville Owen

On Thursday 8th June 2023, we will have Professor Neville Owen as our guest of honor at the Active Life Lab in Mikkeli.

Neville Owen is Distinguished Professor in the Centre for Urban Transitions at Swinburne University and Senior Scientist in the Physical Activity Laboratory at the Baker Heart & Diabetes Institute in Melbourne, Australia. He and his collaborators have led the development of research on understanding and influencing sedentary behaviour (put simply, too much sitting), identifying potential new prevention opportunities for type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer.

His studies involve epidemiological and experimental examinations of the biological correlates and consequences of time spent sitting, workplace behaviour-change trials, and uses of large transportation, social and spatial data sets to identify environmental and policy implications.

Owen has published approximately 600 peer-reviewed papers in his field and is ranked among the top 1000 researchers in the world!


Seminar program (EEST, UTC +03:00):

12.00–12.10: Arto Pesola, PhD, Active Life Lab director: Sitting less and moving more: Current clinical research & regional health initiatives in Active Life Lab

12.15–13.00: Professor Neville Owen: The science of sitting less: recent experimental findings and mechanistic insights (30 minutes talk and 15 minutes open discussion)

13.00-13.15: Break

13.15-14.00: Professor Neville Owen: Sitting Less and Moving More as Public Health Priorities: Implications from Behavioural Epidemiology and Ecological Models (30 minutes, talk and 15 minutes open discussion)


The speeches will be held in English. You can participate in the seminar live at Saimaa Stadiumi Mikkeli or remotely through a streamed presentation. You can ask Neville questions about the topic before or during the presentation.