Discovering exoplanets, in the Quest for Universal Life
Dr Amaury Triaud, University of Birmingham
We are now ever closer to gathering scientific evidence that an extra-terrestrial biology exists. Dr Triaud will relate the status of the search for Earth-size planets outside our Solar system particularly looking at the steps and the reasoning behind searching for such planets around the smallest stars of our Milky Way, choices that led to the discovery of the TRAPPIST-1 planetary system and its seven Earth-size planets. Thanks to its optimal properties, we will soon begin the remote exploration of the alien climates of the TRAPPIST-1 planets, measure the chemical composition of their far-removed atmospheres and start seeking evidence on whether biology has arisen beyond our Solar system.