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Welcome to AstrobiologyOU.

We are an enthusiastic and friendly group of over 50 staff and students who are working together to understand how, and where, life might be found and to address the scientific and ethical challenges faced by astrobiology-related exploration missions. 

With an increasing number of life-detection and habitability missions, astrobiology is at the core of nations’ space strategies. Our group members are involved in key astrobiology-related missions and in developing planetary protection regulations. 

AstrobiologyOU has grown from four colleagues with an incredible vision to a interdisciplinary research group, across four schools and three faculties, working in three of the Open University’s Strategic Research Areas.

We are committed to the principles of equality, diversity and inclusion. We offer exciting programmes in Outreach and Public Engagement with research. We also develop commercial and social enterprises as a means of maximising the impact of our academic and research activities.

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Latest News

Winner of the Arms Control Idol 2020

Arms Control Idol 2020 was a competition run by the Centre for Science and Security Studies at Kings College London intended to spark “imaginative thinking” on the future of arms control and support early career researchers in the field. The first round was a written submission of 250 words, five submissions would then be selected for a five-minute oral pitch.

17th September 2020
Image of a satellite, drone and a mosquito

DETECT: Integrated Space Technology Vector Control

There is virtually no aspect of our daily lives that has been left untouched by the Covid-19 virus and the impact of it will likely be felt for several years to come.  It’s worth remembering that all of the other diseases which existed BC (Before Covid) are still just as problematic during this pandemic, and in some cases are being exacerbated by the disruption caused by Covid-19.

25th August 2020
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Latest Blog posts

Can Space Technologies solve the Sustainable Development Goals?

FINDER device mounted on a droneFormed in global collaboration and agreed upon by 193 of the worlds 195 countries, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) represent a united vision of equality, justice, and sustainability for the future. 

10th September 2020

Fred Hoyle’s The Black Cloud

Fred Hoyle's The Black Cloud19 August 2020 is the date of the letter in the Prologue to Fred Hoyle’s first space science fiction novel, The Black Cloud, published in 1957. Born myself in 1957, I have been waiting all my life for an opportunity to write about The Black Cloud on this very date. 

19th August 2020
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