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Astronomy Ireland Public Lecture

"Astrobiology - the hunt for alien life"

By Dr. Lewis Dartnell Centre For Planetary Sciences at UCL/Birkbeck UK.

Monday 11 October 2010 at 8:00pm

Trinity College, Dublin

  Book Tickets HERE Order DVD HERE  

About the Lecture

Lewis Dartnell

'Astrobiology' is a brand new field of science, encompassing research into the origins and limits of life on our own planet, and where life might exist beyond the Earth. But what actually is 'life' and how did it emerge on our own world? What are the most extreme conditions terrestrial life can tolerate? And what would an alien actually look like - how realistic are the life-forms envisaged by science fiction novels and films over the years?


Join Dr. Lewis Dartnell on a tour of the other planets and moons in our solar system which may harbour life, and even further afield to alien worlds orbiting distant stars, to explore one of the greatest questions ever asked: are we alone...?

The Speaker - Dr. Lewis Dartnell

Dr. Lewis Dartnell ( is a researcher based at University College London, 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 published a popular science book introducing astrobiology, “Life in the Universe: A Beginner's Guide”.



Booking Information

Date Monday 11th October
Time 8:00 p.m.
Venue Schrodinger Theatre,
Fitzgerald Building,
Trinity College Dublin
Access can be gained via the Westland Row or Lincoln Place entrances.
Click HERE for a building map of Trinity College campus
Click HERE for Directions. Click HERE for Map of area
Admission €7 (€5 Astronomy Ireland members and concessions)
Places MUST be booked in advance
Booking Click HERE to book seats online.
Call (01) 847 0777 to book tickets over the phone using Debit/ Credit Card
Send a cheque/ PO/ Draft, made payable to Astronomy Ireland to PO BOX 2888, Dublin 5.


This lecture is also available to members nationwide on DVD.
To order a copy of the DVD simply:
Order by credit/ debit card online HERE
Call (01) 847 0777
Alternatively post a Cheque or postal order to: July 2010 DVD, Astronomy Ireland, PO. Box 2888, Dublin 5.
Cost: DVD’s cost €7 each (add €5 for P&P for any number of DVDs)
  Book Tickets HERE Order DVD HERE  

After the lecture there will be a social reception in The Lombard and we encourage all of you to come along and have a chat with Dr. Dartnell.
All are welcome to attend and food will be kindly provided by The Lombard.

Acknowledgment: Astronomy Ireland would like to thank the TCD Astrophysics Research Group for hosting AI public lectures in Trinity College Dublin.

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