Thursday, 12 June 2014
A University of Worcester professor involved in leading research on sport and health, was invited to a Royal reception to celebrate those who have made a significant impact to the UK technology sector.
Derek M Peters, Professor of Sport, Health and Exercise Science, was invited by Royal Command to the UK Technology Industry reception hosted by Her Majesty the Queen and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh at Buckingham Palace.
The Duke of York, an avid supporter of the UK technology industry, had invited 350 guests who had made significant contributions to the UK technology sector, from biomedical to digital technology, in recognition of their work. Other members of the Royal family in attendance included the Duke of York, the Duke of Cambridge, the Duke of Gloucester (who is also the Chancellor of the University of Worcester) and the Duke of Kent.
Professor Peters said: “It was an honour to be among many leading figures in the UK technology industry, including multi-millionaire start-up entrepreneurs, academics heading up multi-national projects with global significance, national funding body representatives and individuals using technology to make a difference to numerous aspects of people’s lives.”
The two-hour reception included a formal hand shake and conversation with the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh.
“If this wasn’t overwhelming enough, the Royal family in attendance then circulated effortlessly around the guests to chat about their work,” Professor Peters said. “The Duke of Gloucester was of course very aware of the University’s new Arena and its potential to use sports technology to advance sport for athletes with disabilities and the Duke of Edinburgh was keen to see where Worcester saw itself in relation to other universities delivering Sport & Exercise Science programmes.”
Professor Peters discussed his current and future research directions of using Ergotron sit-stand desk technology in both workplace and educational settings to attempt to redress the damage technology itself has done to people’s health, by reducing levels of physical activity and increasing volumes of sedentary behaviour.