Colloquium. The skin: mapping the interface between physiology and the environment in a sports context.



Vrije Universiteit, Medische Faculteit, G613

Colloquium. The skin: mapping the interface between physiology and the environment in a sports context.

George Havenith, Professor of Environmental Physiology and Ergonomics; MSc, PhD, FCIEHF, FASCM, Dean Loughborough Design School, Director Environmental Ergonomics Research Centre

Faculteit der Gedrags- en Bewegingswetenschappen



In this colloquium, prof. George Havenith will give an overview of his research work on this topic performed at the Environmental Ergonomics Research Centre in Loughborough.

In the past, emphasis in the thermoregulatory literature on exercise in the heat has been on the role of body core temperature. More recently, e.g. in research on pre-cooling for sports in the heat, the role of skin temperature in the regulation of performance has been highlighted. In this research prof. George Havenith and his team  have looked at the role of the skin in various contexts: from thermal comfort to its impact on performance. Given that our skin is the interface between the body and our environment, we also looked in detail at the spatial distribution of physiological responses of the skin across the body. This ‘body mapping’ work has been utilized in various applications. From the design of sex-specific clothing, to designing optimized cooling and heating garments and to development of individualized simulation models of human thermoregulation. The talk will touch upon a number of examples of these applications.


havenith_georgeThe research of Prof. Havenith covers three main topic areas, one being Human Thermal Physiology/Environmental Ergonomics, the second being Thermophysiological and Biophysical Modelling, and the third being heat and mass (vapour) transfer through clothing.
His special contribution to these fields is the multidisciplinary integration of physiology, physics and ergonomics. His work spans experimental studies, to the development of theoretical frameworks to explain observations, and subsequently to the final application of the knowledge in the field.
Prof. Havenith is an editor of the ‘European Journal of Applied Physiology’, and on the editorial board of ‘Ergonomics’, ‘Int. Journal of Occupational Safety and Ergonomics’, ‘Biometeorology’ and ‘Journal of Sports Engineering and Technology’.

This colloquium is organized by the department of Human Movement Sciences in collaboration with the research institute Amsterdam Movement Sciences.