The Extreme Environments Laboratory in the Department of Sport & Exercise Science gets a lot of very varied visitors each year, but even by their standards the last week (15-22 November) has been busy. First they welcomed Guy Martin, filming for his next adventure; then the Association of Clinical Pathologists for a special autopsy day on extreme environmental pathology; the RNLI visited with a group of Gaelic Athletic Association all-stars including the legendary hurler Jackie Tyrrell to film some footage for their next campaign; Jonny Brownlee, Olympic triathlete, was down for two days; and the Royal Society of Biology held their annual meeting in the department, this included a tour of the lab and a presentation on extreme environmental physiology.
Professor Mike Tipton, Associate Head of Research from DSES said, “The reputation of the lab and the team is good and the facilities unique. This inevitably leads to many requests for help. We do what we can in the knowledge that it is good, high profile publicity for the University. I have no idea how many students come to the University of Portsmouth because of what they see and hear about EEL, but I bet it is more than none!”
Other visitors from earlier in the year include Olympic athletes who competed in this year's Rio Olympics, Jack Burnell and Keri-anne Payne to help prepare them for the water conditions in Rio. The swimmers were immersed in cold water at a temperature of 18C, which was the predicted worse-case scenario for the water temperature in Rio. They also swam in the swimming flume – one of the largest in the country – to aid their training and prepare them for the conditions they’d face swimming along the Copacabana Beach. Read more about their visit on UoP News.
The RNLI also visited in October to learn of the department's latest research in sea survival and provide statistics and facts for their 'Respect the Water' campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of open water. Professor Tipton and his team delivered lectures and demos to RNLI staff and took them on a tour of the EEL . Read more about this visit on UoP News.
Below, Jonathan Brownlee using the facilities and with the DSES team, Guy Martin with the team, top right, followed by photos with Jack Burnell and Keri-anne Payne in the middle row, next to a photo of the RNLI on their sea survival visit, lastly a group shot of the Gaelic Athletic Association all-stars.