British Council 2014

26-30 May 2014

Hugh Montgomery, expert in genetics and climate science, discusses endurance and the science of survival  

Having climbed mountains in Tibet and Nepal, run multiple 100km ultra-marathons, sky-dived from over 14,000 feet and set a world record for the longest time playing the piano under water – Hugh Montgomery is no stranger to pushing one’s body to the physical limit. As Professor of Intensive Care Medicine at University College London (UCL), he has been lauded as a preeminent endurance expert and has delivered the distinguished Royal Institution Christmas Lectures in 2007, transmitted live on BBC.

His Smart Talk, titled ‘Back From the Brink; The Science of Survival', explored human endurance and the influences of genetics on survival, including examples from some of his own thrilling adventures.