In September 2021, astronomer Mark Thompson will attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the longest marathon lecture, over 139 hours of almost continuous talking. This physical and mental challenge will push Mark to the limit of sleep deprivation.
Join Mark as he talks to sleep scientists, Dr Joanne Bower (UEA) and Dr Tristan Beckinschtein (Uni of Cambridge) about the science of sleep and why it is so vital for our wellbeing, drawing on his experiences from his GWR attempt.
Mark is an astronomer, broadcaster and author exploring the wonderful world of STEMM through the medium of tv, radio, podcasts, theatre and books. He is most well known for his role as one of the presenting team on
BBC Stargazing LIVE and for his tireless enthusiasm for making science accessible. This has resulted in an Honorary Doctorate from the University of East Anglia.
Dr Jo Bower joined the UEA in 2020, having previously been a lecturer at De Montfort University, Leicester. Prior to this, Jo completed her postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Houston, where she coordinated a NASA-funded project investigating risk and resilience factors for individuals in isolated, confined, and extreme environments. Jo's research interests encompass the bidirectional associations between sleep, emotion and emotion regulation, with a particular focus on positive emotions.
Dr Tristan Beckinschtein is interested in non-classic approaches to study the physiology and cognition of consciousness. He has wide Interests in Cognition and neurophysiology. In the last few years he has been mainly concentrating in describing different states of consciousness such as awake, sleep, sedation, vegetative state. His latest line of work is primarily looking at how we lose consciousness and how we get it back