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It's All Academic Festival: Aliens!... Where are you?

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Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre

University College London

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WC1E 6BT

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From ancient beliefs that the Earth was a unique world created by divine powers for humankind to be at the centre of the Universe, to the amazing insights and discoveries that bravely challenged those misconceptions, in this lecture we explore the fascinating theme of life in a Universe that has been in constant change and development, from its very simple and remote origin. What is life and how could it develop on paradise Earth to the high level of diversity and complexity that we see today? Did it all happen just by chance? Recent astronomical observations indicate that there may be millions of solar systems in our galaxy, where life could develop in similar ways. Should we find alien intelligence virtually everywhere? In our search for answers, we could find inspiration to address the fragility of complex life, the recent origin of humanity and our cosmic responsibility to preserve the precious environment that we call home.

Because we could well be the aliens we are looking for.

Join us for this engaging talk from Dr Francisco Diego, Senior Teaching Fellow at the Department of Physics and Astronomy, UCL, vice president of the UK Association for Astronomy Education and a fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society. He is a keen populariser of natural sciences and extensive experience as a planetarium producer/presenter, lecturer, author and broadcaster.

Francisco has appeared on TV series like Stephen Hawking's Universe, BBC's The Planets and more recently, the world-wide version of BBC's Wonders of the Universe,The Seven Ages of Starlight and The Secret Life of the Sun. He is a regular contributor to BBC , Sky andAljazeera News channels. He is currently producing and delivering The Mind of the Universe, a collection of public and school lectures and teacher workshops on astrophysics, cosmology and life in the Universe. His most recent educational project is called Think Universe!, a novel and ambitious idea to bring fundamental science to the primary and secondary classroom with initial support from the Royal Society and the Science and Technology Facilities Council.

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