UK Centre for Astrobiology


Here you can find the latest news from the UK Centre for Astrobiology.

New Marie-Curie Fellow to join UKCA

The UKCA will be joined by by Marie-Curie Fellow, Sean McMahon in September 2017. His work has focused on early life on Earth and its application to looking at the habitability of other planets such as Mars. Previusly at Yale and Aberdeen, at the University of Edinburgh he plans to work on subsurface biosignatures and how they can inform the search for life elsewhere.

New NSF Fellow to join UKCA

The UKCA will be joined by Rebecca P:reescott. Currently at the University of Hawaii, her NSF Fellowship will be held jointly at the University of Edinburgh and the University of South Carolina. She will be focusing on quorum sensing molecules in microbial mats and the search for biosignatures on Mars.

Fifth Astrobiology Academy gets underway in July

New lesson pland and curriculum for primary and secondary schools

On July 10th, the UKCA will host its fifth Astrobiology Academy. This year, bringing primary and secondary school teachers together from across Scotland and the US, it will continue to develop curriculum materials for primary and secondary schools using astrobiolgy to tecah basis science.

The lesson plans developed by the academy can be accessed here:

The UK completes pilot phase of astrobiology in prisons

The UKCA has completed a pilot phase of its 'Life Beyond' programme focused on taking astrobiology and science education into the prison environment. Lectures and inmate-led discussions were held at HMP Shotts, Edinburgh, Glenochil and Lowmoss.