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

Published on 28th April 2021

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
  • Analogue 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 (apart from half-term), 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.

Announced Line Up & Links

What is Astrobiology?12pm, 6th MayProfessor Karen Olsson-FrancisWatch here
Life in the Solar System12pm, 13th MayProfessor Lewis DartnellWatch here
Space Microbiology12pm, 20th MayDr Rosa SantomartinoWatch here
Planetary Protection12pm, 27th MaySilvio SinibaldiWatch here
Astrovirology12pm, 10th JuneWillie WilsonWatch here
Analogue Research12pm, 17th JuneAlex PriceWatch here
Space Materials12pm, 24th JuneEmma RyanWatch here