Science guest lecture Professor Ian Crawford - The new science of astrobiology and the search for life in the universe

Course Dates: 21/02/20
Time: 18:30 - 20:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street

In this talk Professor Crawford will summarise the new interdisciplinary science of astrobiology -- the search for life in the universe. The talk will begin by describing the planetary and evolutionary context of life on Earth and its implications for finding life elsewhere. Building on this perspective, the talk will consider the prospects for finding life, or evidence for past life, elsewhere in our Solar System, for example on the planet Mars and the icy moons of the outer solar system, before moving on to consider the potential habitability of planets recently discovered orbiting other stars.

Ian Crawford is an astronomer and planetary scientist, and is currently Professor of Planetary Science and Astrobiology at Birkbeck College, University of London. He is also a vice president of the Royal Astronomical Society. Ian's research focusses mainly on lunar geology, including the possibility of finding economically useful resources on the Moon, and on the search for past or present life on Mars.


What is the course about?

This lecture, aimed at a non-specialist audience, addresses one of the biggest questions in planetary science: is there other life in the universe? How unique is our planet and how likely is complex life to exist elsewhere? Professor Crawford reviews past research and arguments and offers updates on current knowledge and ideas.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This is a general interest lecture with no prerequisites.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

An illustrated lecture followed by questions and discussion.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?


When I've finished, what course can I do next?

HS005 A gentle introduction to astronomy
HS213 Astronomy: current developments and suggestions for clear nights
HS001 Astronomy at the UCL observatory
HS022 Astronomy for fun
HS132 Science guest lecture: Professor Raman Prinja: The stellar story, from dusty birth to explosive death
HS135 Astronomy in focus: our connections to the Cosmos.


Book your place

Course Code: HS200

Fri, eve, 21 Feb - 21 Feb '20

Duration: 1 session

Full fee: £15.00
Senior fee: £15.00
Concession: £15.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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