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"The Cosmic Chemical Cauldron"

by Dr Helen Fraser, Open University, UK.

October 10th 2016
Venue: Physics Building Trinity College Dublin

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About the Lecture

Whilst regions of space where starts and planets are forming produce beautiful images of our cosmos, they also happen to be littered with chemicals. These chemicals, and their interactions with each other play a vital part in the story of star and planet formation, and likely hold the clues to the origins of life itself. So, how do the chemicals get there, how do we know what is there and why, and how can we test how chemistry evovles in star-forming regions. Understanding the chemistry of the universe is a key driver for the next generation of space and ground based telescopes, like E-ELT and JWST - come and learn why. Oh - and don't forget to bring towels!


About the Lecturer

Dr Helen Fraser heads the Astrochemistry group at the Open University, where she combines observational astronomy, laboratory astrophysics and theoretical simulations to understand how stars and planets form and the origins of life! She loves to bring astronomy to the masses, and recent was involved in developing the "60 Second Adventures in Microgravity" series (on YouTube). She is a Fellow of the RAS, and member of the IoP and RSC, as well as Vice-Chair of the IAU Commission on Laboratory Astrophysics, member of the European Space Science Advisory Board, and currently heads the advisory board to the UK Space Agency on Manned Space-flight and Microgravity Research. Her research revolves around ice - solid molecules that can be seen in star-forming regions through observations, materials that can be made in the laboratory, and the key ingredient in planet building. She has flown in parabolic flight 256 times - all in the name of science. When not "at work" she loves the tranquility of reading novels, scuba diving and salsa dancing (though not all at the same time).




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

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A prize draw will be held after the lecture.


Booking Information

Date Monday 10th October
Subject to change - please check back later
Time 8:00p.m.

Physics Department , Fitzgerald Building, Trinity College Dublin.
There is an entrance on Lincoln Place (not far from the Merrion Square end of TCD). If you get the DART or bus to Pearse St, or drive. Use the Science Gallery entrance on Pearse Street (near the corner with Westland Row) There are maps here:  Here

Parking: Mark Street , Marks Lane , Lombard St. East .

Free Parking on the above streets after 7pm
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Admission €10 (€5 Astronomy Ireland members and concessions)
Tickets where possible should be booked in advance. Tickets can also be purchased at the door on the night, please come along 15 minutes early to accommodate.
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Send a cheque/ PO/ Draft, made payable to Astronomy Ireland to PO BOX 2888, Dublin 5.


This lecture is also available to people nationwide on DVD.
To order a copy of the DVD simply:
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Call 086 06 46 555
Alternatively post a Cheque or postal order to: Astronomy Ireland, PO. Box 2888, Dublin 5.
Cost: DVDís cost Ä10 each incl P&P (€5 Astronomy Ireland members)
 Book Tickets HERE Order DVD HERE  

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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