Centre for Exoplanet Science related talks

Astronomy Lunchtime Talks
Tuesday, 1‐2 pm, room 222, Physics & Astronomy, North Haugh

Physics & Astronomy Colloquia
Friday, 10‐11 am, Lecture Theatre C, Physics & Astronomy, North Haugh

SEES Seminars
Wednesday, 1‐2 pm, room 310, Earth & Environmental Sciences, Irvine Building

Journal Club
Monday, 1‐2 pm, room 222, Physics & Astronomy, North Haugh


19 Feb 2021  Ana Heras: “The ESA PLATO mission and the search for habitable worlds around solar-like stars”, 10am, Physics Colloquium, MS Teams.
20 Nov 2020  François Ménard: “Observing the Fist Phases of Planet Formation: What can we learn from Edge-On disks?”, 10am, Physics Colloquium, MS Teams.
30 Oct 2020  Susanne Pfalzner: “Cradle of the Sun”, 10am, Physics Colloquium, MS Teams.
14 Oct 2020  Raymond Pierrehumbert: “Habitability-time limits for low mass stars”, 1pm, CEES Seminar Series, MS Teams.
15 Apr 2020  Raymond Pierrehumbert: “Geology determines the outer edge of the Habitable Zone”, 1pm, Forbes Room, Irvine Building.   Cancelled.
14 Feb 2020  Zoe Leinhardt: “The Birth and Death of Extrasolar Planets”, 10am, Physics Colloquium.
29 Nov 2019  John Plane: “Cosmic Dust in Planetary Atmospheres”, 10am, Physics Colloquium.
22 Nov 2019  Colin Snodgrass: “Oumuamua – how alien can it be (or not)?”, 10am, Physics Colloquium.
4 Oct 2019  Darach Watson: “The origin of the rapid neutron capture elements”, 10am, Physics Colloquium.
1 Oct 2019  Graham Lee: “Contemporary explorations of exoplanetary atmospheres in 3D”, 1pm, Astronomy Lunchtime Talks, room 222.
24 Sep 2019  Paul Rimmer: “Impacts and Habitability on Exoplanets”, 1pm, Astronomy Lunchtime Talks, room 222.
19 Apr 2019  Mark Buie: “Exploring the outer solar system: A window into our past”, 10am, Physics Colloquium.
12 Apr 2019  Jane Greaves: “Spinning Space Diamonds”, 10am, Physics Colloquium.
10 Apr 2019  Peter Fawdon: “Volcanoes, water, and robots on Mars”, 1pm, School III, SEES Seminar.
5 Apr 2019  Til Birnstiel: “Building Planets – A Journey along 40 Orders of Magnitude”, 10am, Physics Colloquium.
3 Apr 2019  Richard Zeebe: “Solar system chaos and the calibration of geologic time”, 1pm, Forbes Room, Irvine Building.
15 Mar 2019  Martin Dominik: “Publishing models, assessment, and open science”, 10am, Physics Colloquium.
19 Feb 2019  Elliott Fogg: “Market-Based Scheduling for Robotic Telescope Networks”, and Oliver Herbort: “Exoplanet Atmospheres – The formation and evolution of atmospheres of terrestrial exoplanets”, 1pm, Astronomy Lunchtime Talks, room 222.
23 Nov 2018  Steve Vance: “Exploring Icy Ocean Worlds in the Solar System and Beyond”, 6pm, School 3, The Quad.
23 Nov 2018  Katherine Hawley: “Trust & Ethics in Science Communication”, 10am, Physics Colloquium.
22 Nov 2018  Steve Vance: “Geophysical Investigations of the Habitability of Icy Ocean Worlds”, 1pm, Irvine Lecture Theatre, Earth & Environmental Sciences.
22 Nov 2018  Uffe Gråe Jørgensen: “Is our solar system unique? – Is that why we are here?”, 1pm, Astronomy Lunchtime Talks, room 222.
16 Nov 2018  Simon Hodgkin: “Mapping the Transient Sky with Gaia”, 10am, Physics Colloquium.
6 Nov 2018  Christiane Helling: “Sparkling nights and fuming days on the giant gas planet WASP-18b”, 1pm, Astronomy Lunchtime Talks, Physics, room 222.
5 Nov 2018  Peter Woitke: “Gas and Dust in Protoplanetary Discs”, 1pm, SEES Seminar.
30 Oct 2018  Richard White: “Thermodynamic modelling of planetary processes using thermocalc”, 1pm, Astronomy Lunchtime Talks.
26 Jun 2018  Mark Marley: “The Promise of Exoplanet Direct Imaging with Next Generation Space Telescopes”, 1pm, Astronomy Lunchtime Talks.
18 Jun 2018  StA-CES lunchtime meeting, 1pm, Physics Staff Common Room.
23 May 2018  Frederic Moynier: “Tracing Earth’s late accretion history using HSE stable isotopes”, 1pm, SEES Seminar.
14 May 2018  StA-CES lunchtime meeting, 1pm, Physics Staff Common Room.
30 Apr 2018  StA-CES lunchtime meeting, 1pm, Physics Staff Common Room.
23 Apr 2018  Dave Waltham: “Planetary Protection: The perfect cross disciplinary subject?”, 1pm, Forbes Room, SEES.
18 Apr 2018  Mark Fox-Powell: title (Astrobiology) TBC, 1pm, SEES Seminar.
13 Apr 2018  Paul Palmer: “Retrieving chemical compositions in the solar system”, 10am, Physics Colloquium.
6 Apr 2018  Athena Coustenis: “The icy moons of the gas giants as possible habitats”, 10am, Physics Colloquium.
19 Feb 2018  StA-CES lunchtime meeting, 1pm, Physics Staff Common Room.
9 Feb 2018  Matteo Brogi: “Exoplanet atmospheres at high spectral resolution”, 10am, Physics Colloquium.
2 Feb 2018  Christiane Helling: “Exoplanets: Humanity through the lens of the Universe”, Evening Lecture, 8pm, Physics.
24 Jan 2018  Christiane Helling: “The element abundance challenge for exoplanets”, 1pm, SEES Seminar.

Planet-forming disks around stars

planet-forming disks
Planets form in protoplanetary disks as by-product of star formation. Artist’s conception of the dust and gas disk surrounding the star Beta Pictoris. (Credit: NASA/Lynette Cook)


The Habitable Zone around Stars

habilitable zone
This plot shows the extension of the Habitable Zone around F, G, K, and M stars. The Warm ‘Habitable’ Zone is divided into a narrower ‘Conservative Habitable Zone’ (light green) and a wider ‘Optimistic Habitable Zone’ (dark green). Earth is at the inner edge of the ‘Conservative Habitable Zone.’   (Credit: PHL@UPR Arecibo)


CNRS Sagascience: Exoplanets

Sagascience Exoplanets
What does an exoplanet look like? What are the detection techniques and instruments? A line-up of remarkable exoplanets? Hypotheses about extraterrestrial civilizations? The challenges facing astrobiology and geochemistry?   (Credit: CNRS/sagascience)


Climate and environment

Volcano Plosky Tolbachik in Kamchatka
Knowing the geological history of our own solar system will help us to understand exosystems and to constrain the environmental conditions of these exoplanets with the aim of addressing if they are potentially habitable. Eruption of volcano Plosky Tolbachik, Kamchatka. (Credit: AirPano)


Ethics of exploration and contact

Responsibility. Values. Trust. How would our world change if we found complex lifeforms elsewhere in the universe? Antennas of the Atacama Large Millimeter/ submillimeter Array (ALMA) on the Chajnantor Plateau in the Chilean Andes. (Credit: ESO/C. Malin)