The 16th Hintze Lecture: Professor René Doyon

25 Apr 2018 - 5:00pm
Martin Wood Complex, Department of Physics, University of Oxford, Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3PU
Martin Wood Lecture Theatre
General public (Age 14+)

Professor René Doyon, Director, Mont-Mégantic Observatory & Institute for Research on Exoplanets, University of Montreal, Canada
The Quest for Nearby Habitable Worlds
Wednesday 25th April 2018 at 5pm (to be seated by 4:50pm)

Abstract: It is now well established that planetary systems are very common in the Solar neighbourhood, in particular small rocky planets, similar to Earth, around low-mass stars. Thanks to new ground-and spaced-based infrared facilities soon to be deployed, it will be possible not only to find the closest habitable worlds but also to detect their atmosphere and obtain constraints on their composition. This will be a major stepping-stone towards the detection of life outside the Solar system. This lecture will highlight recent exoplanet discoveries and present an overview of on-going and future projects aiming for the detection and characterization of nearby habitable worlds.
The detection of a biosignature, the evidence for biological activity beyond the Solar System, may be just a few decades away.

The lecture will be followed by a reception in the foyer of the Martin Wood Lecture Theatre.

The Hintze Lectures highlight contemporary developments in Astrophysics and Cosmology. They are run by the Oxford Hintze Centre for Astrophysical Surveys. For more information, click here.

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