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News from the Astrobiology Research Group at the Open University

PhD studentships now OPEN for applications

******Applications now OPEN*******

These CENTA funded PhD are being offered in the School of Environment, Earth and Ecosystem Sciences:

1st November 2022

Senior Fellow Position **Closed to Applications**

An exciting opportunity to join our team as a Senior Fellow is now **closed to applications**

The post holder will undertake a self-directed research programme that will sit within the remit of AstrobiologyOU’s research and will result in significant outputs and impact. Their programme will demonstrate effective use of AstrobiologyOU’s and the Open University’s laboratory facilities. The post-holder will be expected to generate income through research grants and/or collaboration with industry.

Closing date: 12th October - 12:00pm (midday)

20th September 2022

Scott Steele shortlisted in Research Excellence Awards

The University’s annual Research Excellence Awards recognise outstanding research and celebrate achievement within the OU research environment. In its third year, there were 138 submissions across the 12 categories.

8th July 2022

Summit for Space Sustainability

Thomas Cheney and others will be attending the Secure World Foundation’s Summit for Space Sustainability being hosted at the Science Museum in London 22-3 June. This is the fourth Summit for Space Sustainability but the first to be held in the UK. It will be co-hosted by the UK Space agency and “is a high-level, multi-day event focused on developing solutions for space sustainability.” It has the theme “Global Priorities for Space Sustainability,” and “is a unique gathering of global stakeholders from government, industry, and civil society.

21st June 2022
Communities in Guyana working together on a laptop

Innovative project aims to reduce flood risk sustainably on a global scale

A new global service has been launched to provide near-real time monitoring of surface water at a significantly lower cost compared to existing technologies.

The Landscape Senor-Based Monitoring Assessment using Remote Technologies (SMART) project is comprised of experts from The Open University, University of Stirling, Cobra Collective CIC and the North Rupununi District Development Board.

3rd February 2022

Science Museum Lates: Sniffing Our Solar System

Last night Simona Nicoara and I  presented our space technology translation work at the Science Museum Lates: Space.

Our show-and-tell event was called “Sniffing the Solar System”  and was held in Information Age section of the museum.

We explored the OU’s role in developing instrumentation for space missions such as Rosetta and Beagle2 and how the lessons learnt and the multi-disciplinary skills are being used to solve challenges here on Earth.

25th November 2021

PhD studentships now closed for applications

******Applications now closed*******

These PhDs are being offered in the School of Physical Sciences:

PS3 - Aerosol formation and the entrainment of organic biosignatures within cryovolcanic plumes at Enceladus and other icy ocean worlds

10th November 2021
Image via ESA’s Rosetta spacecraft/APOD

OU scientist showing how application of space technology can help the global climate crisis

It’s called technology transfer, when innovations in one field are used with a different goal than the original purposes – often in a different industry.

5th November 2021

Could impact craters on Mars support life?

Impacts can have a devastating effect on solid bodies like Earth and Mars, forming huge craters and, in the case of Earth, destroying life. However, impacts have played key role in the formation of terrestrial bodies (Chambers, 2004; Montmerle et al., 2006), the evolution of planetary atmospheres (Benlow and Meadows, 1977; Owen et al., 1992) and may have even had part to play in the development of life on Earth (Osinski et al., 2020). In the case of Mars, impacts may have also created environments capable of supporting potential microbial life (Farmer, 2000).

26th August 2021

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