Burlington House Lunchtime Scientist: Astrobiology 2021

A free series of informal talks for GCSE and A Level students and their teachers to learn about exciting science career paths. #BHLS

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Special talks to stretch and inspire

The Linnean Society is collaborating with the Royal Astronomical Society to present Burlington House Lunchtime Scientist: Astrobiology 2021 (BHLS21), a series of informal, one-hour online events, with a 30-40 minute talk and a 20-30 minute Q&A. We have asked our speakers to share their field of science and the path they took to get there tailored for GCSE and A Level science students. Most importantly, we want to make sure that we give students ample time to ask their questions.

With the missions on Mars currently looking for life and the launch of the European Space Agency's Rosalind Franklin rover next year, our aims for Lunchtime Scientist 2021 is to showcase the diversity of scientists and careers to share with and inspire GCSE and A Level students about Astrobiology. We hope that our audience will take a lot from it!

Some of the topics we wish to cover with BHLS21 Astrobiology:

  • What is Astrobiology
  • Life in the Universe
  • Space Microbiology
  • Planetary Protection
  • Astrovirology
  • Analog Research
  • Space Materials
  • Meteors and Asteroids
  • and more?

To register, please go to the respective pages linked below.

BHLS will happen every Thursday starting 6th May, which you can join live at 12pm or re-watch at your leisure. We are aiming to offer as many as we can up to the end of the school year and will be adding more speakers in due course.

Title Date Speaker Link
What is Astrobiology? 12pm, 6th May Professor Karen Olsson-Francis Click here
Life in the Solar System 12pm, 13th May Professor Lewis Dartnell Click here
Space Microbiology 12pm, 20th May Dr Rosa Santomartino Click here
Planetary Protection 12pm, 27th May Silvio Sinibaldi Click here