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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 multi-disciplinary 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

Professor Matt Balme

Congratulations to Professor Matt Balme

We are excited to congratulate Matt Balme as he becomes a Professor of Planetary Geoscience with immediate effect.

19th November 2020

Annual Report 2019-2020

We are excited to share the release of our 2019-2020 annual report.

In the report you will find about our:

8th October 2020
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Latest Blog posts

Life of an Undergraduate

Decorated cake

Do you ever sit and wonder about the type of person that has written an article that you have been engrossed in or a book you couldn't put down?

You may wonder what their background is? Why they have written that particular article and what their favourite food might be? 

15th October 2020

From the field to the lab – a geologist’s perspective

Sognefjord, NorwayIn most films, geologists are portrayed as being outdoor types who love to have a few drinks after a successful field day. It also turns out that most geologists are predominantly good guys who tend to die quite frequently in movies 

6th October 2020
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