What a year! For obvious reasons linked to COVID, it has been over 8 months since our last Environmental Extremes Lab post of our support to the Dhiman Brothers, but we have still been very active behind the scenes in our teaching and research. As we thankfully close the door on 2020, hoping that 2021 will be better, a quick round-up of some of the activities we have been involved in and few tasters of what is to come!
Over 6 days in the heart of the Belize Jungle, 2 brave athletes were faced with the hardest challenge, both physically and mentally that they had ever had to confront. The Jungle Survival Marathon entailed 6 days of survival training in the jungle followed by a 200km race across similar terrain to eventually escape and reach the final checkpoint – this meant at least 10 hours of running a day! The two athletes brave enough to take on this challenge were the Dhiman brothers, Gary and Steve who courageously took to the challenge after a brotherly rivalry led to a bet – neither of them was going to back down and look where they ended up!
The Environmental Extremes Lab has invested in a new LED lighting system for our environmental chamber to enable our students to embark upon some innovative and fun research investigations around altering perception and how this might influence behavioural thermoregulation and exercise performance.
Recently, marked the 7th International Conference on the Physiology and Pharmacology of Temperature Regulation (PPTR), held in the beautiful city of Split, Croatia. The Conference was held over the 7th to 12th October and consisted of oral and poster presentations, symposia and workshops – all with an environmental extremes focus. This year’s meeting had 170 presentations of which nearly half were presented by young investigators.
Four of our University of Brighton research students (Gregor Eichhorn, Kirsty Waldock, Rebecca Relf and Emily Watkins) and members of the EEL group flew to Croatia to attend the conference. While it is important for a PhD student to present their own work before a scientific community to disseminate their findings, it can also be very useful to exchange ideas for future research and collaborations and improve communication skills and knowledge.
As the heat wave descends and the EEL team gravitate towards the beach, we would like to round up on what we consider as another successful year for the research lab.
The team have presented at five conferences including ICEE in Kobe Japan and staff have presented twelve invited talks including FireFit, British Science Festival, UK Home Office, EIS Tokyo Heat Workshop and UK Fire R&D.
We have written eleven funding applications of which four have been successful in recieving funding. The team have produced three commissioned reports for the English Institute of Sport, BASES and the Fire Brigades Union. We have had one PhD completion by Ash Willmott and hope to have a few more in 2018/19.
We also continue to work on research consultancy projects with Fire Brigades Union, UK Fire R&D, East Sussex Fire & Rescue, KuduSmart, Para-Monte and Cosinuss. While the consultancy team have helped support a number of athletes going to Marathon de Sables, Machu Picchu Peru, Aconcagua Chile, MdS Peru and the Coastal Challenge Costa Rica.