UK Centre for Astrobiology

About Us

Information about the UK Centre for Astrobiology.

The mission of the UK Centre for Astrobiology is to advance knowledge of life in extreme environments to further our understanding of planetary habitability. It does this with a combination of theoretical, laboratory, field and mission approaches. We apply this knowledge to improving the quality of life on Earth and developing space exploration as two mutually enhancing objectives.

The UKCA was established in November 2011 and formally opened at the National Museum of ScotlandĀ in April 2013.

The UK Centre for Astrobiology is affiliated with the NASA Astrobiology Institute as an international partner.

Since its inception the UKCA has developed a range of initiatives, including the development of the world's first underground astrobiology laboratory which itĀ uses for planetary analog research. It has developed research that has spanned across the study of life in extremes and the habitability of extraterrestrial environments. Integrated into this work have been education initaitives involving university, school and prison education. You can find out more in this site.

We achieve our aims by carrying out the following four objectives:

Science Objectives:

Advance our understanding of how molecules and organisms respond and adapt to extreme environments.

Apply this knowledge to advancing our understanding of the habitability of Earth, other worlds and the search for extraterrestrial life.

Technology Objective:

Improve the translation of astrobiology technologies designed for the exploration of space to solving urgent environmental and social challenges on the Earth.

Education Objective:

Use astrobiology to advance education in science.

Board Members

The UKCA Board is responsible for the local running of the UKCA.