Social and Physical Survival in Extreme Environments

Anna Temp

Wednesday, April 12 2017 at 7:30PM

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Anna Temp

What's the talk about?

 We’re not yet on Mars and we won’t be for a long time. Research into Isolated & Confined Environments (ICE) has spent the past few decades trying to answer the question of how we will survive while we’re on our way there and when we get there. Survival in ICE does not just depend on hazardous physical environments but also on team spirit and emotional support. On Earth, this research is usually carried out either at the South Pole or the North Pole. How do you survive in a space where humans are not the apex predators? And how do you cope with your life depending on the competence and good will of strangers? How do we know who to send and who not to send? If the recent re-shaping of the political and economic global landscape has made you want to join a Mars mission, come along and find out if you’ve got what it takes!

Anna has spent some time working with an Arctic team trying to answer these questions. She is a PhD student at the University of Edinburgh and went to the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard three times.