Dr Tara Coppinger

Representative for Academia
Cork Institute of Technology, Ireland

Dr Tara Coppinger, RNutr (Public Health) holds a First Class Honours degree, is a qualified teacher and undertook her Ph.D in 2009, which longitudinally investigated the nutrition and physical activity habits of primary school children from London, as they transitioned into secondary school. She currently lectures in the Department of Sport, Leisure & Childhood Studies at Munster Technological University, Ireland and is a board member of its Research Ethics Committee. Tara was also the founding director of Project Spraoi (http://www.cit.ie/projectspraoi), Ireland’s first ever, fully evaluated, nutrition and physical activity intervention that reached over 2000 Cork primary schoolchildren, which won the Best International Research Project Collaboration award at the prestigious Irish Education Awards 2019 (https://www.educationawards.ie/shortlist).

Tara has published extensively on a wide range of topics connected to  the promotion of healthier lifestyles through nutrition and physical activity among young people and has contributed to internationally renowned initiatives including the NCD Risk Factor Collaboration (www.ncdrisc.org), Determinants of Diet and Physical Activity Knowledge Hub (www.dedipac.eu), Project Energize (www.projectenergize.org.nz) and the Active Healthy Kids Global Alliance (www.activehealthykids.org).