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Lectures Organised



Date: 18/03/2023

Venue: TBA

Frontiers of Sciences (VII): 

28) Dr Terry Kee, University of Leeds: what isn't life

27) Michael Macey, The Open University, Milton Keynes: The microbiology of extreme environments, analogue environments and the limits of life

26) Dr Kevin Devine, London Met: An Astronaut in Structure Space: Probing the structure, function and evolution of nucleic acids using synthetic organic chemistry

25) Prof Michael Garrett is the inaugural Sir Bernard Lovell Chair of Astrophysics at the University of Manchester: Establishing a SETI capability in the UK




Date: 12/03/2022

Venue: Online event due to COVID-19

Frontiers of Sciences (VI): Investigating the mysteries of complex systems

24) Prof Tadej Kotnik, University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia: The role of abiotic HGT—currently and throughout evolution.

23) Dr Margareta Segerståhl, Bisari Research Institute, Helsinki, Finland: A new way of describing the cell

22) Prof Josep M. Trigo-Rodriguez Institute of Space Sciences (CSIC-IEEC), Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain: Early protoplanetary disk chemistry preserved in a xenoleth, discovered in the CR chondrite lapaz ice field (LAP) 02342

21) Prof Sávio Torres de Farias, Federal University of Paraíba, João Pessoa, Brazil: What can tRNA tell us about the organisation of biological systems?





Date: 14/03/2021

Venue: Online event due to COVID-19

Frontiers of Sciences (v): A spotlight on the scientific discoveries of our times

16) Prof David Holmes, Center for Bioinformatics and Genome Biology, Fundación Ciencia & Vida, Santiago, Chile: Phosphine as a Biosignature Gas for Life Detection on Exoplanets: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

15)  Rowena Ball, Australian University: Anomalous thermal fluctuation distribution favours primordial chemical evolution

14) Prof Elias Chatztheodoridis, National Technical University of Athens, Greece: Detecting the signatures of life: state-of-the-art instruments and methods


March 2020. All events  cancelled due to COVID-19




Date: 16/03/2019

Venue: KPMG LLP, 1 Sovereign Square, Leeds, LS1 4DA

Frontiers of Sciences IV: Probing the phenomena and intricacies of scientific discoveries

13) Dr Klara Capova, University of Durham: “What is life? Where do we come from?” The increasing role of astrobiology in the shaping of the European popular worldview

12) Dr Frances Westall, CNRS, France: Volcanic rocks, hydrothermal vents and the origin of life

11) Prof Christine Foyer, University of Leeds: Antioxidants and redox and sensing mechanisms



Date: 10/03/2018

Venue: KPMG LLP, 1 Sovereign Square, Leeds, LS1 4DA

Frontiers of Sciences (III): Chemical building blocks of life

10) Dr Dominic Papineau, UCL: Biosignatures in the Eoarchean rock record

9) Dr Sohan Jheeta: Astrobiology: a new kid on the block

8) Dr Sergio Ioppolo, Queen Mary University of London: Star formation process, putting emphasis on the several physical and chemical steps

7) Prof Peter Strazewski, Université Claude Bernard, Lyon 1: Chemist's Challenges of the Future: How to Animate Dead Matter?




Date: 18/03/2017

Venue: The University of Leeds

Joint IoP, RSB and RSC - Frontiers of Sciences Ii: Oral presentations by (1) Prof Mark Burchell (Univeristy of Kent) on 'panspermia or related hypotheses; (2) Dr Nick Lane ( University College London) on 'the energentic of the origin of life pertaining to the alkaline hydrothermal vent hypothesis and; (3) Prof Elias Chatzitheodoridis (National Technical University of Athens) on 'meteorites, as impacted on the origin of life on Earth.



Date: 23/11/2016

Venue: The University of Leeds

Joint RSC/IoP lecture: Real time time measurements of conformational change in proteins by Professor Peter Weightman of University of Liverpool


Date: 12/11/2016

Venue: The University of York

RSB AGM LectureSpeaker topic: Feeding Aquaculture using Algae biomass grown in wastewater by Professor Rod Scott of University of Bath


Date: 23/04/2016

Venue: The University of Leeds

Joint IoP, RSB and ASC - Astroscience lectures (FoS I)- Oral presentations by (1) Prof Dave Waltham (Royal Holloway) on Why is our Sun so big? (2) by Dr Mukesh Bhatt (Birkbeck College) on Astrobiology and the legal definition of life and (3) by Prof Martin Martin McCoustra (Heriot Watt University), Chemically controlled Cosmos.




Date: 02/11/2015

Venue: The University of Leeds

Joint IoP and RSC - Astrochemistry lecture - an oral presentation by Dr Sergio Ioppolo of the Open University



Date: 08/03/13

Venue: The Royal Astronomical Society HQ, London, England, UK

Conference: Is a moon necessary for the co-evolution of the biosphere of its host planet?

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