Astrobiology is the study of life in the universe, both extraterrestrial and terrestrial. It addresses three fundamental questions: where do we come from? What is our future on Earth and beyond? Are we alone in the universe? None of these questions are by any means new. However, for the first time since they were posed, thousands of years ago by our ancestors, these questions may now be answered.
My quest as an astrobiologist has taken me from all-nighters searching for extra-solar planets with telescopes, to collecting biological samples in the extremes of glacial environments in Greenland and as far as sending my signature to Mars on the NASA Curiosity Rover.
The multidisciplinary field of astrobiology is as varied as the research I have conducted so far, comprising mainly of: astronomy, biology, chemistry, geology and engineering. With the help of my scientific adventures, I will explain to you how these different disciplines are used to understand the origin, evolution, distribution and the future of life in the universe.
Lectures start at 19:30 with tea/coffee from 19:00