Adam Hulme recently completed my PhD at the Australian Centre for Research into Injury in Sport and its Prevention (ACRISP; Federation University Australia). His thesis was titled, Theoretical perspective on using epidemiology and systems thinking to better understand the aetiology and prevention of distance running-related injury. Despite the usual ups and downs that most students experience, Adam’s PhD training was ultimately a wonderful learning experience that afforded many important lessons about how to conduct scientific research of the highest quality. Moving forward as an early career researcher at the Centre for Human Factors and Sociotechnical Systems, Adam’s main goal is to build on the strong theoretical foundations associated with the PhD, and continue to explore the explanatory power that systems thinking methods can offer for the optimisation of performance in range of safety-critical domains, including the sports context. Specifically, the use of dynamic modelling approaches to elucidate the complex casual processes in a range of systems-based work and performance-related domains (e.g. road safety, sports injury) will comprise future research focus. In his spare time, Adam has a passion for cycling and racing the bike, as well as spending time with family.