Is there life beyond the Earth? – Denver Russell Lecture now online

A question asked since man first looked up at the stars – and one we want answered in January.

This year, after hosting the prestigious Journal of Applied Microbiology Lecture by Professor Don Cowan and an Environmental Microbiology Lecture by Professor Ken Nealson that sold out in days, the Society for Applied Microbiology has firmly cemented itself as the UK’s premier forum in which the world’s most exciting microbiologists are given a voice.

On Tuesday 19th January, Professor Charles Cockell agreed to give the Denver Russell Memorial Lecture at One Great George Street, London.

Charles Cockell is Professor of Astrobiology in the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Edinburgh and Director of the UK Centre for Astrobiology. He was previously the Professor of Geomicrobiology with the Open University and a microbiologist with the British Antarctic Survey, Cambridge, UK.

His scientific interests have focused on astrobiology, geomicrobiology and life in extreme environments including studies on volcanic and impact crater environments. He has also contributed to plans for the human exploration of Mars and led the design study Project Boreas, which planned and designed a research station for the Martian North Pole. He was also the first Chair of the Astrobiology Society of Britain and is the author of Astrobiology: Understanding Life in the Universe.

Cockell received his first degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Bristol in 1989 and his D.Phil in Molecular Biophysics, University of Oxford in 1994. He was a National Academy of Sciences Associate at the NASA Ames Research Center at Moffett Field from 1995 to 1998 and then a visiting scholar at Stanford University.

His talk on extremophiles and astrobiology illustrates the problems of looking for life on other planets and he argues that there is a need for both academics and the wider public to afford attention to each other’s perspectives and aim for a more balanced view. During his talk, he guides us through the diverse world of astrobiology, which is still a field trying to understand whether the Earth is a unique example of life or whether we might find life elsewhere.

 

To hear more from Professor Cockell and to watch his incredible lecture – click the link below .

 

Cockell received his first degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Bristol in 1989 and his D.Phil in Molecular Biophysics, University of Oxford in 1994. He was a National Academy of Sciences Associate at the NASA Ames Research Center at Moffett Field from 1995 to 1998 and then a visiting scholar at Stanford University.

Paul Sainsbury



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  1. That was one of the most interesting lectures that this course has thrown up. Many thanks,

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