U3A at the Ri: aliens, measurement and primates

1.45pm to 4.45pm, Monday 16 October

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Event description

U3A members and and anyone else who is interested join us at the Ri for an afternoon of talks on aliens, measurement and primates.

Download the programme of the day (pdf).

U3A members can only book directly through U3A National Office www.u3a.org.uk events in the members’ area.

About the speakers

Ian Crawford
Ian Andrew Crawford is professor of planetary science and astrobiology at Birkbeck, University of London. Crawford is a specialist in the science and exploration of the Moon and in the search for life in the Universe. Before switching his research interests to planetary science in 2003, Crawford had a 15-year career at University College London as an observational astronomer specializing in studies of the interstellar medium. He is the author of over 130 peer-reviewed research papers in the fields of astronomy, planetary science, astrobiology and space exploration. Crawford is a Fellow, and currently Vice President, of the Royal Astronomical Society, and a former member of the European Space Sciences Committee (ESSC) of the European Science Foundation. In 2014 he was appointed to the European Space Agency's Human Spaceflight and Exploration Science Advisory Committee (HESAC).


Michael de Podesta
Michael de Podesta's is a scientist at the UK’s National Physical Laboratory (NPL). His wide-ranging research interests concern all aspects of temperature measurement: from building the most accurate thermometer ever made; to developing industrial sensors capable of surviving harsh conditions; to measuring the temperature underneath the wheel of a train travelling at over one hundred miles per hour; to representing NPL on the steering committee of the International Surface Temperature Initiative.


Catie Williams
Catie Williams is a PhD student at UCL studying the evolution of the primate gut microbiome. Her research asks questions such as whether different primate species have different gut bacteria, how diet plays a role, and what happens to the gut microbiome in captivity.


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