5 speakers 15 minutes each
Wed 9th Nov 2016
5x15 on Aliens: Science from the Other Side
Anil K Seth is Professor of Cognitive and Computational Neuroscience at the University of Sussex, and founding co-director of the Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science. He is also editor-in-chief of Neuroscience of Consciousness (Oxford University Press), a Wellcome Trust Engagement Fellow, and a Senior Fellow of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research. He lives in Brighton.
Adam Rutherford is a science writer and broadcaster. He is an Honorary Research Fellow at University College London, where he also did a PhD on the developing eye, and was part of a team that identified the first genetic cause of a form of childhood blindness. He has written and presented many award-winning series and programmes for the BBC, and is the author of two previous books, Creation, shortlisted for the Wellcome Trust Prize, and the bestselling A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived. His new work, The Book of Humans: The Story of How We Became Us is published in 2018.
Prof. Lewis Dartnell is a research scientist, presenter and author based in London. His research is in the field of astrobiology and the search for microbial life on Mars and he now holds the Professorship in Science Communication at the University of Westminster. He has also held a STFC Science in Society Fellowship. He is very active in delivering live events at schools and science festivals, works as a scientific consultant for the media, and has appeared in numerous TV documentaries and radio shows. He has won several awards for his science writing and outreach work and regularly writes for newspapers and magazines. He has published three books, most recently, The Knowledge.
Louisa Preston is a UK Space Agency Aurora Research Fellow, astrobiologist, planetary geologist and author based at Birkbeck, University of London. She works in environments across the Earth, where life is able to survive our planet’s most extreme conditions, using them as blueprints for possible extra-terrestrial life forms and habitats. Having worked on projects for NASA and the Canadian, European and UK Space Agencies, the only thing she enjoys more than devising ways to find life on Mars is writing about it. She has published numerous articles and academic papers, and her first book - Goldilocks and the Water Bears - is out now. She is also an avid believer in the power of science communication, having regularly appeared on radio and television programmes, such as the BBC’s The Sky at Night, and spoken about the search for life on Mars at the TED Conference in 2013.
Jim Al-Khalili is a professor of physics, author and broadcaster based at the University of Surrey. He received his PhD in nuclear physics in 1989 from Surrey before working as an SERC Postdoctoral Fellow at UCL. He returned to Surrey and was awarded a five year EPSRC Advanced Research Fellowship in 1994 before being appointed as a permanent member of staff in 1999. He was promoted to a dual chair in both physics and in public engagement in 2005. Jim is active as a science communicator and has written a number of popular science and history of science books. He also writes regularly for national and international papers, such as the Guardian, the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. He is a regular presenter of TV science documentaries and has presented the award-winning weekly BBC Radio 4 programme, The Life Scientific. Jim is also active in public life and a strong advocate for rationalism and secularism, and was president of the British Humanist Association between 2012 and 2015. He has been a judge on a number of prizes including the Samuel Johnson Book Prize and the Art Fund Prize. Jim is a recipient of the Royal Society Michael Faraday medal and the Institute of Physics Kelvin Medal and has a number of honorary degrees from UK universities. He received an OBE in 2007 for ‘services to science’.