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If you’re a keen climber you go to interesting places and meet interesting people! But science underpins much of what you experience and do. Apart from the obvious problem of gravity(!), geology and equipment construction are surprisingly important. But, of course, the biggest factors are physiology and psychology. I will illustrate all these areas with appropriate pictures, stories and a few demonstrations. At the end of the day, climbers who venture into new places are often rewarded with breathtaking examples of fauna, flora and awe-inspiring scenery.

Rock Climbers: Human Flies Defying Gravity

Professor John L. Harwood PhD DSc

Deputy Director, School of Biosciences, Cardiff University

1 st December 2010

Large Chemistry Lecture Theatre, Cardiff University