UK Centre for Astrobiology


From the study of life in extreme environments to the development of experiments and science for the exploration of space, UKCA is involved in a wide variety of research.

Life in Extremes

We conduct research into life in extreme environments and its application to astrobiology.

Space Missions

Members of the UKCA are involved with or lead a number of space missions. Current projects include:

Subsurface Astrobiology

The UKCA operates a deep subsurface astrobiology laboratory

Astrobiological Analogues

We conduct research in a number of analogue environments.

Exoplanet Astrobiology

Are exoplanets habitable and do they have life?

Astrobiology and Philosophy

We have an interest in linking astrobiology to major questions that intersect with philosophy or sociology


A variety of papers with UKCA affiliation covering areas of astrobiology have been published.