In the Zone with Sir Steve Redgrave, MBE, CBE, Professor Hugh Montgomery and Greg Foot
6 December 2011
The five-time Olympic gold medallist will be carrying out activities from the Wellcome Trust’s In the Zone experiment kits, with expert commentary from Professor Hugh Montgomery. In the Zone is a new Olympics-inspired initiative allowing teachers and students of all ages to explore the science of how the human body works during sport and activity using the free kits for schools.
This is a fantastic opportunity to see the experiments being showcased by Sir Steve Redgrave, in an exciting show developed by BBC Science Presenter Greg Foot, to demonstrate the kits in action before they arrive in schools.
Read more about each of the key figures in the show, below.
Sir Steve Redgrave MBE, CBE
Sir Steve Redgrave is an iconic figure in sport. He is elevated into a class of his own not just by his dominance in sport but his consistent success in everything he partakes in. He exemplifies a combination of strength and endurance, mixed with elegance and gravitas, only seen in great champions.
A class act both in and out of the water, Sir Steve is idolised by many. Not only is he a household name for his achievements but his persona and generosity are equal to his unrivalled sporting talents.
As one of an elite group of only five athletes in history to have achieved five gold medals in consecutive Olympic Games, he is Britain’s greatest Olympian and indeed one of the world’s too. Testament to this, he became the first athlete to have the honour of carrying the Union Jack flag at two Olympic opening ceremonies.
Sir Steve played an integral role in the successful London 2012 Olympic bid. He was a key figure in convincing the government and the Mayor of London to back the bid and also acted as a founding member of the bid and Chairman of the Bid’s Athlete Advisory Group.
Sir Steve is endorsing the Wellcome Trust’s free experiment kits for all UK schools, inspired by the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The kit allows teachers and students of all ages to explore the science of how the body works during exercise, movement, performance and rest.
Greg is a BBC Science Presenter and Science Junkie. Half science geek, half adrenaline-junkie, he's up for pushing himself and science to the limit. As a daredevil scientist, Greg's on a mission to find original, edgy and immersive ways to get people excited about how the world ticks.
Greg packs his time with almost every type of Science Communication from filming a fun science stunt for the telly to performing live shows in schools. When he's not out getting people excited about hands-on science at music festivals, producing and directing films, or doing a spot of consultancy and lecturing, he's probably out in the waves, on the lake, or zooming through a forest!
Last year Greg was making Big Ben chime 13 times, playing the guitar at 60mph, and microwaving ants on BBC Three's first science documentary 'Secrets Of The Universe'. The show told the '13.7 billion year story of you' through lots of fun daredevil stunts.
Before that Greg put himself on the line to persuade Gavin Henson to take a direct hit from 750,000 volts of electricity on 'How To Kill A Celebrity' on Bravo. He was the Science and Tech expert on BBC2's quiz series 'Know It Alls', and he presented children's science and invention series 'Whizz Whizz Bang Bang' on CBBC, where he made crazy inventions such as an underwater canoe, hover-board, robotic horse and a jet engine bed driven by The Stig.
Greg tours his science of extreme sports live show -- Science Junkie -- at schools and science, music and extreme sports festivals around the UK. He’s currently writing the follow up – all about the science of London 2012; part of the Wellcome Trust’s In the Zone project and developed with the Royal Institution.
He has also written and co-presented a series of science podcasts called 'Droppin' Science' that are full of quirky news from the world of science, all wrapped up in a funky MTV-style production.
Hugh Montgomery obtained a first call degree in Cardiorespiratory Physiology in 1984, and graduated from the Middlesex Hospital Medical School in 1987. He has since accredited to consultant level in General Medicine, Cardiology, and Intensive Care Medicine. He is Professor of Intensive Care Medicine at University College, London where he also directs the Institute for Human Health and Performance.
Hugh has worked extensively in the science of 'fitness'. He identified the first 'gene for human performance', and several more since, and has published more than 180 scientific articles. He has investigated heart growth with exercise, changes in metabolism, and the mechanisms by which skeletal tissue remodels with exercise. He has a particular interest in performance at altitude, was science lead for the 2007 Caudwell Xtreme Everest Expedition, and was part of the team which identified a 'high altitude gene' naturally selected for in Tibetans.
Hugh has engaged extensively in public communication of science, delivering the 2007 Royal Institution Christmas Lectures, and a subsequent TV documentary about the crew of the Mary Rose, which sank in 1545.
In the Zone will take place on Friday 6th January from 16.00 to 17.00 in Room A of the ULR Building.
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