The attempt has been confirmed to take place at the University of East Anglia in Norfolk, UK starting at 12 Noon on Sat 11th September 2021 and finish shortly after 07:43 on 17th September. The whole event will be filmed for evidence submission to Guinness and it will be streamed online for people to watch on Mark’s YouTube Channel.
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The existing Guinness world record for the longest marathon lecture stands at 139hrs 42mins and 56sec. Mark has been preparing hard for his attempt to smash the record. During the Norwich Science Festival in October 2019, he went two nights without sleep and to test his ability to lecture when sleep deprived, after 58 hours awake performed a one hour lecture.
The lecture titled “Introduction to the Universe – Sleep Not Essential” went without a hitch despite referring to ‘hedrogen’ when talking about hydrogen, helium and stellar evolution! When asked how the lecture went Simon Fox from the Youth STEMM award reported “Disappointingly Slick”!