UKCA – an update and outlook
- Event time: 1:30pm
- Event date: 29th September 2015
- Speaker: Professor Charles Cockell (School of Physics & Astronomy, University of Edinburgh)
- Speaker: Dr Adam Stevens (School of Physics & Astronomy, University of Edinburgh)
- Speaker: Delma Childers (Formerly School of Physics & Astronomy, University of Edinburgh)
- Location: CSEC Seminar Room, James Clerk Maxwell Building (JCMB) James Clerk Maxwell Building Peter Guthrie Tait Road Edinburgh EH9 3FD GB
The UK Centre for Astrobiology was established at Edinburgh in 2011. Since then it has constructed new planetary simulation facilities, educated over 80,000 students through an on-line MOOC course and built the world's first underground astrobiology laboratory.
Charles Cockell will provide an update on the centre, its plans and major challenges. We will also hear from two postdoctoral scientists employed under the UKCA's £1 million Astrobiology Consortium Grant recently funded by the STFC.
Adam Stevens will give us insights about investigations into habitability at small scales using Martian analogues, and work with space agencies to prepare for astrobiological exploration of Mars.
Delma Childers will tell us tales from the International Space Station – preparing a project for flight.
Tea and coffee will be served following the seminar.
The astrobiology seminar series is run by the UK Centre for Astrobiology based in the School of Physics & Astronomy. Astrobiology is a multi-disciplinary subject and the seminar series actively encourages attendance by undergraduates, postgraduates and academic staff from other departments..