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BHLS: Astrobiology 2021 - Silvio Sinibaldi

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Burlington House Lunchtime Scientist is a free series of informal talks for GCSE students to learn about science careers.

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Planetary Protection

With Silvio Sinibaldi

The Royal Astronomical Society is collaborating with the Linnean Society to present Burlington House Lunchtime Scientist: Astrobiology 2021 (BHLS) for GCSE students, 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 science students. Most importantly, we want to make sure that we give students ample time to ask their questions.

BHLS: Astrobiology 2021 will happen every Thursday midday starting the 6th of May and we are aiming to offer as many as we can up to the end of the school year 2021. Topics include What is Astrobiology, Life in the Universe, Space Microbiology, Planetary Protection, Astrovirology, Analog Research, Space Materials and Meteors and Asteroids.

With the missions on Mars currently looking for life and the launch of ESA'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 students about Astrobiology. We hope your classroom will join us!


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About the speaker:

Silvio Sinibaldi is the Planetary Protection expert at Airbus Defence and Space in Stevenage. He is currently working as the planetary protection and cleanliness & contamination officer on the ExoMars Rover Project, which is the international program led by the European Space Agency and Russian Roscosmos which aims to find sign of past or extant life on the red planet. He is also leading the planetary protection activities for the Sample Fetch Rover, part of the Mars Sample Return missions led by ESA & NASA.

Silvio is part of international working groups on planetary protection and Airbus board to review European Space specifications at industry level.

He has obtained his degree in Material Science from the University of Perugia in Italy and Master in Nanotechnology from University of Alicante in Spain followed by a period working as a researcher of nanomaterials. Silvio is a 1st year (part time) PhD student at the Open University (Astrobiology OU group); the title of his study is “planetary protection: a new Era”. Silvio has got 15 years’ experience in industry working in both civil & military aircraft and space sectors

*Registration ends 2 hours before the event.

**Links to this event will be sent 2 days and 2 hours prior to the start of the event.

***This event will be live streamed on the Royal Astronomical Society's YouTube channel.

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Banner - Joseph Burton, Linnean Society

Image: Silvio Sinibaldi

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