Recorded Lectures

The Basics of Astrobiology: Recorded Lectures


In December 2016, as part of the Search for Life: From Early Earth to Exoplanets meeting in Vietnam, a two-day training school in the basics of astrobiology was held. This covers topics from astrophysics, geosciences and life sciences. Recordings of the lectures are available below:


Astrophysics and Astrochemistry

Nikos Prantzos – Nucleosynthesis and Galactic Chemical Evolution


Masatoshi Ohishi – Astrochemistry


Planetology and Geosciences 

Nader Haghighpour – Solar System Formation


Alain Lecavellier – Exoplanets


Hervé Martin – Early Earth Geosphere


Geosciences and Life Sciences

Daniele Pinti – Early Earth Atmosphere/Hydrosphere


Carlos Briones – RNA world and early life


The Barrie Jones Award Prize Lecture (July 2016)

For anyone who missed this year’s Barrie Jones Award Lecture a recording of the event can be viewed online here.

The Barrie Jones Award recognises an individual’s contribution to society and outstanding achievement in science and outreach through work relating to astrobiology. It was established by the Open University (OU) Department of Physical Sciences in partnership with the ASB with the legacy of the late Barrie Jones (1941–2014), an astrobiologist at the OU, who dedicated much of his career to public engagement and outreach.

The inaugural recipient of the award was Lisa Kaltenegger, associate professor of astronomy and director of Cornell University’s Carl Sagan Institute. The award was presented in a ceremony on 7th July 2016 at the OU campus. The prize lecture is entitled “Thousands of New Worlds” and explores the ways in which we will soon be able to uncover the telltale signatures of life on other worlds beyond our solar system.