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Dr Lewis Dartnell

Lewis DartnellAstrobiology – the hunt for alien life
"...are we alone?"

UK Space Agency Research Fellow, University of Leicester

Dr Lewis Dartnell gave us a fascinating keynote on 'Astrobiology' – a brand new field of science. It encompassed research into the origins and limits of life on our own planet, and where life might exist beyond the Earth.

Dr Dartnell gave us a tour of other planets and moons in our solar system which may harbour life, and even further afield to aliens worlds we've discovered orbiting distant stars, to explore one of the greatest questions ever asked: are we alone?

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. Alongside his research he 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 illustrated children's book with Dorling Kindersley "My Tourists Guide to the Solar System".