The hunt for alien life

Posted by er134 at Sep 26, 2013 09:47 AM |
University of Leicester holds unique opportunity for an evening with distinguished scientist on Thursday 17 October

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 26 September 2013

The public are to be given a glimpse into a new field of science through a lecture by a published scientist and children’s book author.

Dr. Lewis Dartnell, a UK Space Agency research fellow based at the University of Leicester, will deliver the lecture on Thursday, 17 October from 6.00 – 7.30pm.  It takes place in Room E, Physics and Astronomy Building.

Dr. Dartnell said: “Astrobiology is a brand new field of science, which encompasses research into the origins and limits of life on our own planet, and where life might exist beyond Earth.

“But what actually is ‘life’ and how did it emerge on our planet? What are the most extreme conditions terrestrial life can tolerate? Where in the cosmos might we reasonably expect to find alien life?”

Dr. Dartnell’s lecture gives a tour of the other planets and moons in our solar system which may harbour life, and takes attendees even further afield to alien worlds we’ve discovered orbiting distant stars.

His aim is to explore one of the most important questions ever asked: are we alone in the universe?

Dr. Dartnell studies how life, and signs of its existence, might survive the intense cosmic radiation on the surface of Mars.

Alongside his astrobiology research he writes regular science articles in newspaper 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.

For more information and to book a place at the lecture, please contact Catarina Fernandes at or on 0116 252 3506.


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For more information contact Catarina Fernandes at or on 0116 252 3506.



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