This lecture is part of a series of lectures on “Astronomy” organised by Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias in collaboration with the British Council.
In recent years new missions have allowed us to search for life on other planets and search for distant planets around other stars. In this lecture we'll go on a tour of these worlds and explore one of the most fascinating questions of all times: Is there life elsewhere in the Universe?
Charles Cockell is Professor of Astrobiology at the University of Edinburgh and Director of the UK Centre for Astrobiology. He is a Senior Editor of the journal, Astrobiology. Popular science books include ‘Impossible Extinction’ (CUP), which explores the tenacity of microbes on the Earth, and ‘Space on Earth’ (Macmillan) which looks at the links between environmentalism and space exploration. He is Chair of the Earth and Space Foundation, a non-profit organisation he established in 1994 and was first Chair of the Astrobiology Society of Britain. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.