Perspectives on Life in the Universe- Vice-Chancellor's Lecture Series 2019

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Vice-Chancellor's Lecture Series 2019 - Hosted by Te Ao Mārama – Centre for Fundamental Inquiry, this year's series of three evening lectures and a panel discussion is themed 'Perspectives on Life in the Universe'.

Are we alone? Is there life elsewhere? How did life begin? Explore the Biggest Questions of all with world-leading scientists in the 2019 University of Auckland Vice Chancellor's Lecture Series. Hear about how new developments in astrobiology, astrophysics and fundamental science are expanding our understanding of the origin and evolution of the Universe, from the Solar System to ‘exoplanet’ worlds so far away they almost defy imagination. Come join us for these fascinating lectures and a panel discussion hosted by Radio New Zealand’s Kim Hill on the latest thinking about alien life and how we might find it.

Lecture 1 | Discoveries of Extra-Solar Planets and the Search for Evidence of Extraterrestrial Life

Thursday 5th September

Professor David Bennett

The idea of life on other planets was confined mostly to science fiction until 1995 when the study of planets orbiting other stars became a key area of astronomy. In this fascinating lecture Dr David Bennett from the NASA Goddard Space Flight Centre and the University of Maryland talks about his work to detect and study these distant ‘exoplanets’ and NASA’s plans for future space missions to find Earth-like exoplanets with signs of life.

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Fisher and Paykel Appliances Auditorium

Owen G Glenn Building, The University of Auckland

12 Grafton Road, Auckland

Auckland, 1010

New Zealand

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