Science Fiction vs. Space Fact Panel hosted by Helen Keenl and featuring ESA senior science advisor Professor Mark McCaughrean and science fiction bestseller Dr. Alastair Reynolds plus new additions ESA Astronaut Tim Peake, Director and Moon co-creator Gavin Rothery, Queen Superstar Brian May (PhD from Imperial College, thesis topic: zodiacal dust), and sci fi musician and ex-Ash guitarist Charlotte Hatherley
I'll be chairing this discussion and providing a take on the impact of Hubble and other telescopes on popular culture and society.
The Hubble Space Telescope has achieved global fame since its launch back in 1990, producing iconic images and astounding discoveries about our Universe. As we approach the launch of the James Webb Space Telescope, it’s time to meet a different kind of space telescope built for the next generation of cosmic explorers. Could this new model possibly eclipse its famous predecessor? Join astronomers Dr Marek Kukula, Prof Gillian Wright and others to decide for yourself
Join your colleagues at the bio-bar for post-work drinks after a busy first week in our new Mars colony. The journey to Mars has been a long one with a small crew. You have left family members behind and signed up for a whole new life. Get sealed in with our mission leader Helen Keen and members from the European Space Agency to see how creating our new colony will affect our social lives and interactions. What does it mean to not interact with the outside world?
Also featuring two more brilliant guests: Dr Cat Irving, Conservator of Human Remains at the truly amazing Surgeons' Hall Museum in Edinburgh & Dr Jonathan Pettitt, Gene Supremo at the University of Aberdeen
"You might think fantasy is the opposite of science, but comedian and author of The Science of Game of Thrones Helen Keen would disagree. Join Helen along with Dr Rory Hadden, Senior Lecturer in Fire Investigation at the University of Edinburgh for an evening of ice, fire, fantasy and fun."