Lovell Lecture Series 2024

Professor Karen Olsson-Francis: Living Life at the Limits

13 Jun, 2024

£12 – £10

19:30 – 21:00

Lovell Lecture Series

Professor Karen Olsson-Francis: Living Life at the Limits 

On Earth, some environments exist that are so extreme that scientists use them to study extra-terrestrial environments. In astrobiology, locations are selected because they can give us clues on what extra-terrestrial life may look like and what evidence we should search for. Sites include everything from vast salty desserts that can be used to study the surface of present-day Mars to glaciers that can be used to study icy moons. Professor Olsson-Francis will explain how studying extreme environments on Earth plays a vital role in planning life-detection missions.

About Professor Karen Olsson-Francis 

Karen Olsson-Francis is a microbiologist and gained her PhD from the University of Otago, New Zealand in Life at the Extreme Limits. Her work predominantly focuses on microorganisms that live in extreme environments, including the International Space Station. Karen is the Director of AstrobiologyOU, a group that aims to bring together expertise in science, technology, international development, law and education to address the scientific and governance challenges associated with the advancement of astrobiology and related space exploration missions.  

 

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