Limit(less) – Pushing the boundaries of muscle and mind

Tuesday, 31st October, 2017, 21:00

Duration: ~1.30hrs, including 2 talks and roundtable debate.

Venue: Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown, Auditorium, Lisboa

HostsTiago MarquesNuno Loureiro

Discussion Panel: Volvo Ocean Race participants

Registration will be open from 25th October onwards.

Live streaming starts at 21:00 on the day of the event.

Can you remember the last time you put your limits to a test? Maybe it was during a physically challenging race in excruciating heat. Or maybe it was that time you had a stressful deadline to deliver a final document. Whatever it may have been, we have all been through moments in which we faced our limits and doubted our own success. Nevertheless, it is quite remarkable how good we are at dealing with extreme situations and pushing our boundaries beyond what we think is humanly possible.

Throughout the course of History, humans have shown a keen interest in testing and overcoming their limits in many different ways. Running ultra-long distances non-stop for several days, venturing into the dangers of the sea on a tiny sailboat, and floating in zero-gravity inside a tin-can in the void of space are just a few examples of how limits appear as irresistible temptations just waiting to be surpassed.

On Tuesday, October 31st at 21:00, in a partnership between Ar | Respire Connosco, Champalimaud Foundation and the Volvo Ocean Race, we will explore our understanding of what limits mean, both physically and mentally. We will be approaching this topic from two different scientific perspectives. Tiago Marques, a neuroscience PhD student at the Champalimaud Research with a passion for long-distance running and triathlons, will discuss how physical our limits really are and the role the mind plays in perceiving them. Nuno Loureiro, also a neuroscience PhD student with a background in space exploration, will address how extreme situations, like the ones astronauts and sailors face, can induce high levels of stress in crews and negatively impact their learning and performance.

Finally, we will hold a roundtable discussion with some of the best sailors in the world who have sailed around the earth several times while competing in the Volvo Ocean Race. They will share with us their unique experiences in living in one of the most extreme and dangerous environments on the planet and how they reached and overcame their own limits.

So join us October 31st 21:00 at the Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown Auditorium, in discussing how limitless we really are!

This event is a collaboration between Ar respire connosco and the Volvo Ocean Race.

Ticket reservations will be open from 25th October on!

Eventbrite - Limit(less)

Limited seats will be available to people without reservations on the event evening on a first come, first served basis. After 20:55 tickets will be given for people without reservations.


If you can´t make it to our event, Live Streaming will be available during the event at our youtube channel:

After the event, the video will be available online.

 Tiago Marques is a physics engineer from our lovely Lisbon. After one and a half years doing presentations and spreadsheets as a consultant for BCG, he joined the Cortical Circuits Lab at the Champalimaud Research to figure out what the cortex computes.

 Nuno Loureiro studied Engineering Physics at Instituto Superior Tecnico in Lisboa, before working as an aerospace engineer at the European Space Agency. For his PhD, he joined the Neurobiology of Action Lab at the CNP. His project aims at understanding the dynamics of learning during an arbitrary task by using brain-machine interfaces (BMI).


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