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Public consultation: UN Sustainable Development Goals

Posted by on Jan 25, 2021 in News, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Public consultation: UN Sustainable Development Goals

Members of the Astrobiology Society of Britain are invited to contribute to a public consultation on the relevance of science to sustainable development goals (SDGs).  OSDG is a partnership between the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), SDG AI Lab, PPMI, and a community of researchers led by Dr. Nuria Bautista Puig.  In Q1-Q2 of 2021 a large-scale exercise will be launched with the help of OSDG volunteers who will assess the relevance of different research fields to SDGs. This will provide valuable feedback on the boundaries of SDG-related research, and the level of consensus among...

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Virtual Frontiers of Sciences V

Posted by on Dec 8, 2020 in News, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Virtual Frontiers of Sciences V

Frontiers of Sciences V will now be held as a virtual conference. In association with the RSB, RSC, the ASB and NoR CEL, Virtual Frontiers of Sciences V: A Spotlight on Scientific Discoveries of Our Times will be held on Saturday 20th March, 2021. To join contact Sohan Jheeta: sohan@sohanjheeta.com Timetable: 13.30—13.45: Open conference: Sohan Jheeta 13.45—14.30 (45 min): Dr Terry Kee, University of Leeds; Presentation: What isn’t Life? 14.30—15.15 (45 min): A/Prof Rowena Ball, Australian National University; Presentation: Anomalous thermal fluctuation distribution favours primordial...

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AbSciCon 2021: Call for Sessions

Posted by on Sep 3, 2020 in News | 0 comments

AbSciCon 2021: Call for Sessions

AbSciCon 2021 “Origins and Exploration: From Stars to Cells” will be held in Atlanta, Georgia, USA on 9-14 May 2021 as both an in-person and virtual meeting. Session proposals are now open. An overview of session themes and formats can be found here: https://www.agu.org/AbSciCon/2021/Present/Sessions Proposal deadline: Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at 11:59 PM E.T. This NASA Astrobiology meeting, organised by AGU, is encouraging sessions with diverse groups of conveners who can work together to broaden participation, facilitated by virtual programming. Further information,...

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Announcement: Rosalind’s STARS Outreach Programme

Posted by on Aug 28, 2020 in News | 0 comments

Announcement: Rosalind’s STARS Outreach Programme

Many of us owe our love of science and indeed science education in no small part to learning about the wonders of space at an early (even primary level) age. Rosalind’s STARS (Space TARgets Science), an ASB outreach programme, aims to bolster that engagement with STEM subjects and support current curriculum activities at two key transition points in a pupil’s education cycle, key-stage 2 (7-11) and key-stage 4 (14-16), by focusing on the ExoMars 2020 rover mission. We hope to inspire pupils to engage/re-engage with STEM subjects through the topic of space science and the ExoMars mission and...

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Life on Mars: What to Know Before We Go, by David A. Weintraub

Posted by on Aug 28, 2020 in Book reviews | 0 comments

Life on Mars is not just a book about Mars; it is a chronicle of humankind’s obsession with the Red Planet, the evolution of ‘Mars-mania’, our hopes for life beyond Earth, and a cautionary warning about the ethical implications of Mars exploration. In this book, Weintraub narrates the story of our love affair with Mars from the moment we set our eyes on it. He guides us through the fascination and obsession of the many scientists who were convinced of the existence of life on Mars, and the lengths they went to prove to the world what they believed was true. He tells us of their...

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