UK Centre for Astrobiology

Building Habitable Worlds

Building Habitable Worlds is an event for early-career astrobiology researchers.

Building Habitable Worlds is an annual one-day meeting for early career scientists with an interest in astrobiology, providing an opportunity for networking and expressing your views on the future and direction of astrobiology research in the UK. The focus of the meeting is to allow for the formation of collaborations between early-stage researchers, specifically considering contributions to the wider community.

Building Habitable Worlds was instigated by early career scientists at The University of Edinburgh in 2014, and is supported by the UK Centre for Astrobiology and the Astrobiology Society of Britain. Building Habitable Worlds was first held in Edinburgh in February 2014.

University of Glasgow - 2015 

University of Edinburgh - 2017

Mullard Space Science Laboratory, UCL - 2018

University of Kent - 2019

Building Habitable Worlds 2019 - University of Kent

This year's 'Building Habitable Worlds' Workshop will take place on Thursday 21st February and will be hosted by the University of Kent.
This year's workshop will investigate the implications that impact events can have on life, and specifically how we can plan space missions and research directions to study these events. ​A full itinerary of the day will follow.
 
The focus of the meeting is to allow for the formation of collaborations between early-stage researchers, specifically considering contributions to the wider community.
 
To register, please contact Callum Fisher (C.R.Fisher@kent.ac.uk) with:
Your Name
University
Early Career Stage
Subject Area
 
Lunch and a tea/coffee with a selection of cakes and biscuits will be provided. If you have any dietary requirements, please let us know when registering.
Accommodation and travel will not be provided, however if you are planning on staying on the Thursday night, we will be going out for a meal in the evening (restaurant TBD). If you would like to come along, please let us know so we know numbers.
 
Deadline for registering is Friday 1st February.
 
Any questions, please don't hesitate to email Callum(email above) or Dr Kathryn Harriss (K.Harriss@kent.ac.uk)

Outputs

The ideas discussed at Building Habitable Worlds meetings have so far generated the following publications:

  • Stevens, A., Forgan, D., and O’Malley James, J. (2016) Observational signatures of self-destructive civilizations. International Journal of Astrobiology 15:333-344.
  • Early-career astrobiologists forge links in Edinburgh. Astronomy & Geophysics 2014; 55 (3): 3.7. doi: 10.1093/astrogeo/atu103