What is astroscience? Astroscience is a word appropriate for the purposes of this meeting (at least according my voluminous dictionary) and it does serve admirably in this respect because these three cross-disciplinary oral presentations are all space related. Although I have never actually given much thought as to why the Sun is so big, I’m really glad someone has, and so, Prof Waltham will give us comprehensive insights into the reasons for the vastness of the Sun.
Ever since time immemorial, humankind has wondered about the definition of life. To answer such a question, we first need to understand what is life? Dr Bhatt’s slant on this engrossing topic takes on a legal framework when it comes to actually defining life, giving a unique aspect to the subject.
Finally, where would the Universe be in the absence of chemistry – just a pure energy universe! Prof McCoustra will enlighten us about the chemically controlled cosmos. There we have it, ladies and gentleman, three great talks to set your weekend in motion.
11.00 - 11.45: Prof Dave Waltham, Royal Holloway: Why is our Sun so big?
11.45 - 12.30: Dr Mukesh Bhatt, Birkbeck College: Astrobiology and the legal definition of life
12.30 - 12.45: Short break
12.45 - 13.30: Prof Martin McCoustra, Heriot Watt University: Chemically controlled Cosmos
13.30 - 14.30: Networking and light refreshments
These lectures are open to all scientists and the general public, as well as being particularly suitable for key stage 4 and 5 students.
For those travelling by car, you will be able to park in front of the Maurice Keyworth Buildings. Directions: From Woodhouse Lane, continue past the University on your left for 0.75 mile, and at the traffic lights turn left into Clarendon Road. Then take the first right into Moorland Road and the Business School is immediately on your left. Overflow will be able to park on Clarendon Road. If using a satellite navigation, please use the postcode: LS6 1AN
Complimentary tea, coffee and biscuits available from 10:30. This event is free to attend.