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President’s Lecture 2019

We are excited to announce that The Physiological Society’s 2019 President’s Lecture will be delivered by NASA astronaut and physiologist James Pawelczyk. It will take place at the Royal Institution in London on Saturday 7 September 2019

James Pawelczyk’s lecture, ‘What price a Martian: Human limits to exploring the red planet’, will focus on how the environment in space differs to that on earth and how this affects the human body and its ability to survive on planets such as Mars.  

How can you get involved?

The President’s Lecture is a family friendly event and we invite you to join us on 7 September to deliver activities that will inspire children about space physiology!  

In addition to the lecture itself, we are seeking to offer a range of fun and engaging hands-on activities and poster boards developed by space physiologists from across the country.  The aim is to will give a broader overview of space physiology to audience members, and in particular 5-14 year olds.

We are looking for Members to volunteer to run space-related outreach activities that will engage young people and their families in discussion about physiology. This is a great opportunity to showcase the relevance of physiology to our understanding of space, how space travel has informed our understanding of human physiology and ultimately how this might help improve the quality of our life on Earth. 

James Pawelczyk’s lecture will run from 13:30 – 14:30. We are looking for up to ten outreach activities, for 5-14 year olds; these will run for 2 hours from 14:30 – 16:30 at the Royal Institution. There will be an anticipated foot fall of 200, including both children and families. 

If you would like to be involved in this exciting celebration of space physiology, please submit your idea in the following format:

  • An outline of your activity (less than 500 words)
  • Give any previous experience of running this activity
  • A summary of the resources involved 
  • Details of the individual(s) that would run the activity

Please note that activities will need to be set up in limited time and therefore we recommend a simple but engaging approach that requires minimal resources.

Please submit an outline of your proposed activity to by Friday 15 May 2019. Or contact us before this date to discuss your ideas.

Travel costs to London will be provided for up to two people per activity.