ELASTIC NATURE presents: Session #5 Astrobiology

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Join us for ELASTIC NATURE #5: Astrobiology: The New Science of Astrobiology and the search for life in the universe with Prof. Ian Crawford

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Is there life out there? How can we begin to know what we’re looking for? How is knowledge of life on earth impacting our search for extraterrestrial life - and what might E.T tell us about ourselves? When our own species and co-species are at melting point - why invest resources in the search for life?

For the fifth session of Elastic Nature, we will be turning our attention from our home planet to the skies, and perhaps...back again as we delve into a fascinating and relatively new field of scientific research - astrobiology. We are privileged to be joined by Professor Ian Crawford, a luminary in the field who will introduce us to both the ‘what’ and the ‘why bother’? Ian will introduce us to the discipline (and what or whom we might be looking for) and share insights into how studies into extreme environments on Earth may serve as analogues for possible habitable environments on planets like Mars. Crucially he’ll illuminate us on the role of interdisciplinary collaboration in the search and contextualise astrobiology within the neighbouring discipline of ‘big history’ sharing perspectives on how the cosmic world view and space exploration has the power to enrich humanity.

This event forms part of the programme for Through the Looking Glass, an exhibition exploring how technology has influenced a collective view of the Universe curated by Lumen, Natasha Sabatini and Becky Lyon.

As we come to a close on what’s been a wake-up-call year for the planet, join us for an evening of fresh perspectives and big-picture discussion. As usual, no prior knowledge is necessary and everyone is warmly welcomed.

Doors will be open from 6.00pm with time to explore the exhibition before the talk starts at 7.00pm.

There will be a pay-bar open on the night.

This is the fifth Elastic Nature event - an art research club by artist Becky Lyon bringing together interdisciplinary researchers, practitioners and thinkers around the broad subject of ‘the future of nature’ via artificial life, sympathetic synthetics, sensory realities, materiality and speculative bodies.

https://www.elasticfiction.co/elastic-nature/

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Ian Crawford is an astronomer turned planetary scientist, and is currently Professor of Planetary Science and Astrobiology at Birkbeck College, University of London. The main focus of his research is in the area of lunar exploration, including the remote sensing of the lunar surface and the laboratory analysis of lunar samples. Ian also has research interests in the field of astrobiology, especially Martian analogue environments on Earth, and in the future of space exploration which he believes will become increasingly important for the future of humanity.

A more detailed summary of interests, and list of publications, can be found at: http://www.bbk.ac.uk/geology/our-staff/ian-crawford

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This event is part of Through the Looking Glass: Humanity’s Changing Vision of the Universe, an exhibition of international artists and performers illuminating how technology has influenced a collective view of the Universe, curated by LUMEN and artists Becky Lyon and Natasha Sabatini.

https://www.lumenstudios.co.uk

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