As part of STFC’s popular ‘Talking Science’ public lecture programme, the autumn programme includes a talk on Thursday 25th November ‘Astrobiology: The search for alien life’ by the Swindon based Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) at the Swindon Town County Ground in the Legends Lounge.
With this questions in mind, come along and meet these leading scientists face to face, be intrigued and have your questions answered. Future talks will look at climate change and how spacecraft and lasers are helping uncover the secrets of the past."Home to the UK’s Research Councils headquarters, Swindon can proudly claim to be at the heart of science and research around the nation, covering an incredible range of subjects. The ‘Talking Science’ programme brings this research back to Swindon, with expert speakers willing to discuss their work at a level open to all. ((Is there an age-guide on talking science?
Tony Buckley of STFC’s Science in Society Programme said: “Every aspect of our world is touched by science and this is a fantastic opportunity to discover how world class science is happening right on our doorstep and to actually meet the scientists behind it face to face. These talks are an inspirational addition to the popular ‘Talking Science’ lecture programme which takes place across STFC’s sites nationally. You don‘t need to be a scientist to attend these lectures as they are designed to be enjoyed and informative to all.
Thursday 25 November 2010 at 6.00pm in the County Ground’s Legends Lounge – ‘Astrobiology: the hunt for alien life’ – Dr Lewis Dartnell, University College London
‘Astrobiology’ is a brand new field of science, encompassing research into the origins and limits of life on our own planet, and where life might exist beyond the Earth. But what actually is ‘life’ and how did it emerge on our own world? What are the most extreme conditions terrestrial life can tolerate? And what would an alien actually look like – how realistic are the life-forms envisaged by science fiction novels and films over the years? Join Dr Lewis Dartnell on a tour of the other planets and moons in our solar system which may harbour life, and even further afield to alien worlds orbiting distant stars, to explore one of the greatest questions ever asked: are we alone…?
Dr Lewis Dartnell is a researcher based at University College London, studying how life, and signs of its existence, might survive the intense cosmic radiation on the surface of Mars. Alongside his research he writes regular science articles in newspapers and magazines, and has published a popular science book introducing astrobiology, ‘Life in the Universe: A Beginner’s Guide’.
Attendance to the ‘Talking Science’ public lectures is free but must be booked in advance as places are limited. For more information or to reserve a place for STFC@STFC please call 01793 442 092 or go to www.stfc.ac.uk/Public+and+Schools/13794.aspx .