AstrobiologyOU is research group of over 50 staff and students who work together to understand how, and where, life might be found beyond Earth and the scientific and ethical challenges faced by astrobiology-related exploration missions.
AstrobiologyOU work across four key themes:
These themes are addressed through dedicated, multidisciplinary teams in science, governance, education and engagement, and international development. Our research is supported by an excellent technical and administrative team, including laboratory and business development staff.
Our research funding is from Research England, The Science and Technology Facilities Council, the UK Space Agency, the European Space Agency, the European Union and the Leverhulme Trust.
Our research benefits from an extensive suite of laboratories here on campus, housing advanced analytical instrumentation, simulation and experimental facilities. We are involved in international astrobiology related activities for example the NASA Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) the ESA ExoMars programme and the ESA Expose missions. In addition we are an affiliated member of the European Astrobiology Institute.
We have 14 PhD students and 11 post-doctoral researchers and research fellows that contribute to a research-intensive environment. They are supported by highly skilled project scientists and technical support staff.
What is Astrobiology: Dr Susanne Schwenzer, Dr Vic Pearson and Dr Karen Olsson-Francis
discuss what is astrobiology and how each of them became interested in the subject.