Guinness World Record Attempt
– World’s Longest Lecture
Those of you who have followed Mark’s work for some years will recall that in October 2015 he produced and performed his 24 Hour Space Spectacular – a charity fund raising 24 hours of space lectures. The event was held at the Royal Institution in London, was streamed all around the World and left Mark feeling exhausted and with a rather sore throat. He recalls “..at the time I remember investigating what the World record was for the longest lecture with a view to having a go at smashing it. When I learned it was over 5 days and having never attempted anything like this before, I decided perhaps not just now”!
Four years on, fully recovered from the physical and mental challenge of speaking for 24 hours and with the valuable experience under his belt, he is once again turning his gaze again on the World Record but this time, his focus is absolute. The current record was set in 2014 by Arvind Mishra from the Graphic Era University in India who lectured for 139 hours, 42 minutes and 56 seconds on Scientific Computation. That’s the equivalent of lecturing for over FIVE AND A HALF DAYS!
On 26 October 2019 at the lecture theatre in Norwich Forum, Mark will be attempting his warm up lecture “Introduction to the Universe – Sleep Not Essential” Tickets are available here. His schedule leading up to the lecture is;
21st to 23rd Oct – Good night’s sleep
24th Oct – Wake fully refreshed and first night without sleep
25th Oct – Second night without sleep
26th Oct – One hour lecture followed by a very long sleep
Practice Lecture Countdown
Mark is always keen to seek science outreach opportunities and this sleep deprived experience presents a great opportunity. Thanks to the very kind support of MyndPlay who are providing a mobile EEG machine, Mark’s brainwaves will be available online right here during the practice and the attempt along with some lesson plans for schools to download.