Astrobiology and the hunt for life among the stars

9 - 13 November 2015

In the last 20 years we have gone from living in a universe with only eight other known planets to having confirmed the existence of nearly 2,000. We now know that there could well be billions of other worlds in our galaxy alone. With our understanding of our place in the universe changing so quickly, astrobiology has become one of the most important interdisciplinary tools at our disposal in the hunt for life among the stars. How does life begin and evolve? Does life exist elsewhere in the universe? What is the future of life on Earth and beyond? Just because we do not know the answers to these questions yet, does not mean we should not be asking them in the classroom.

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Dr Joseph Roche is an astrophysicist at Trinity College Dublin. He studied symbiotic stars using the Hubble Space Telescope, worked at NASA and served as Education and Learning Manager for Science Gallery Dublin. He is now Assistant Professor in Science Education at Trinity's School of Education where his research area is the role of science in society. Twitter: @joeboating