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The Dive Lectures 2017!

We are delighted to announce that the Dive Lectures 2017, brought to you by the London Diving Chamber in aid of Scuba Trust, will take place on Wednesday 8th March, 2017, at the Royal Geographical Society in London.

Now in our 18th year of the Dive Lectures, we welcome you back to the RGS for an evening of escapism, adventure and laughter, with great speakers, promotional stands and, most importantly, fundraising for a great cause.

It is with immense pleasure that we welcome to the stage, our first female speaker in nearly 12 years, research scientist Dawn Kernagis, who will be talking us through her time on the NEEMO NASA mission where she lived for eight days on the worlds only undersea research station with astronauts, engineers and fellow scientists.

Following Dawn on stage will be Dive Lectures and RGS firm favourite, Paul Rose, A man at the front line of exploration and one of the world’s most experienced science expedition leaders. Paul Rose helps scientists unlock and communicate global mysteries in the most remote and challenging regions of the planet.

Entrance will be free so please ensure that you help us to fill those Scuba Trust buckets on the night. This is the Trust's biggest fundraising event of the year so please do dig deep to make sure that we beat last years fantastic donation total.

Tickets are known to go extremely quickly, so register now to avoid missing out on your place.

Date: - Wednesday 8th March 2017

Time: - 7.00pm (doors open at 6.00pm)

Location: - The Royal Geographical Society, 1 Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AR

Dawn Kernagis

Dawn KernagisDr. Dawn Kernagis is a Research Scientist at the Institute for Human and Machine Cognition, where she studies human performance optimization and risk mitigation for operators in extreme environments, such as those working in undersea diving, high altitude aviation, and space.

Dr. Kernagis came to IHMC from Duke University Medical Center, where her postdoctoral research was funded by the Office of Naval Research and the American Heart Association to identify pathophysiological mechanisms and potential therapeutic targets in multiple forms of acute brain injury. Dr. Kernagis completed her PhD at Duke University as ONR Undersea Medicine’s first Predoctoral Award recipient. Her thesis research focused on how genetics play a role in decompression sickness in Navy divers. Before pursuing her PhD, Dawn completed her undergraduate degree in Biochemistry at North Carolina State University, and she held an internship at Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, where she coordinated a study investigating differential carbon dioxide retention in scuba, rebreather, and breath–hold divers. She also worked on research projects through Duke’s Center for Hyperbaric Medicine and Environmental Physiology, including Immersion Pulmonary Edema (Navy), Flying After Diving (DAN) and EVA Oxygen Prebreathe (NASA).

Prior to her research career, Dawn was a diver and leader of numerous underwater exploration, research, and conservation projects around the world since 1993, including the deep underwater exploration of Wakulla Springs Cave and surrounding caves for over a decade. Based on her extensive underwater exploration, mentorship, and research experience in the diving community, she was selected as an inductee into the Women Divers Hall of Fame, Class of 2016. In 2016, Dawn was also selected as one of six crew members to join NASA’s 21st undersea mission, NEEMO.

NEEMO 21 Mission: Going Undersea to get to Outerspace

NEEMO is a NASA mission that sends groups of astronauts, engineers and scientists to live in Aquarius, the world’s only undersea research station. The Aquarius habitat and its surroundings provide a convincing analogue for space exploration and for testing emerging technology and protocol for long duration space operations. This summer, Dawn Kernagis had the opportunity to join NEEMO as both a crew member and a researcher, living underwater for eight days with five other crew members. Dawn will provide an overview of the NEEMO 21 mission, including the crew's training, experience of living and working underwater, and over a dozen mission objectives ranging from telemedicine to robotics to genetics.

Paul Rose

Paul RoseFormer Vice President of the Royal Geographical Society – representing Fieldwork and Expeditions, Paul is Expedition Leader for the National Geographic Pristine Seas Expeditions. He was the Base Commander of Rothera Research Station, Antarctica, for the British Antarctic Survey for 10 years and was awarded HM The Queen's Polar Medal. For his work with NASA and the Mars Lander project on Mt Erebus, Antarctica, he was awarded the US Polar Medal. A mountain in Antarctica is named after him.

Talk: Changing the world - one dive at a time!

The ocean remains our largest, least understood, least protected and most exciting ecosystem. All divers should celebrate the recent ocean protection successes, because it’s by being active divers who are tuned in to global issues, that we form the ocean constituency. Paul shares his passion for the sea, his work and the illuminating behind the scenes stories of making it happen!

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