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Astrobiology: The Hunt for Alien Life

Astrobiology: The Hunt for Alien Life

Our public Lecture series continues at 7pm on Friday 12 June with Dr Lewis Dartnell giving a talk 'Astrobiology: The Hunt for Alien Life'.

'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 where in the cosmos might we reasonably expect to find ET? Dr Lewis Dartnell will take the audience on a tour of the other planets and moons in our solar system which may harbour life, and even further afield to alien worlds we've discovered orbiting distant stars, to explore one of the greatest questions ever asked: are we alone?

Astrobiology: The Hunt for Alien Life - Event Poster 

This lecture is in partnership with the York Festival of Ideas.

Tickets are free and are available on our Eventbrite page. If you have any enquiries or accessibility requirements please telephone us on 01904 527315 or email 

Please either print off your ticket or display it to us on your smartphone or tablet on the evening. 

~ There will be free refreshments and a book signing after the lecture ~

About the Speaker

Dr Lewis Dartnell

Dr. Lewis Dartnell is a UK Space Agency research fellow based at the University of Leicester, studying how life, and signs of its existence, might survive the intense cosmic radiation on the surface of Mars. He also holds an STFC Science in Society Fellowship, and alongside his astrobiology research writes regular science articles in newspapers and magazines, and has appeared in TV shows such as BBC Stargazing Live, Wonders of the Universe and Horizon. He has published a popular science book introducing astrobiology, Life in the Universe: A Beginner’s Guide and also an illustrated children's book with Dorling Kindersley, My Tourist Guide to the Solar System. His third book, The Knowledge: How to Rebuild our World from Scratch, is out now in hardback.