Where are the Aliens?!?

Speaker: Prof. Brad K. Gibson

Date: 08 February 2017
Start Time: 7pm
Venue: BIS HQ, Vauxhall

Have we been visited before?  Are they out there watching… listening… studying us?  And if they are out there, where might ‘there’ be?  Our Milky Way Galaxy can be a nasty and inhospitable place for life to develop… but, all is not lost… there are some very unique and special places hidden amongst this hostile environment where the building blocks for life might just be right for extraterrestrial life to flourish.  In this lecture, Professor Brad Gibson will examine the evidence for and against the existence of extraterrestrial life, and walk you through the associated good, bad, and ugly corners of our Galaxy.

Bio: Professor Brad Gibson is the Director of the E.A. Milne Centre for Astrophysics at the University of Hull.  Brad completed his MSc and PhD at the University of British Columbia, building the world’s first Liquid Mirror Telescope Observatory and designing software to map the distribution of the chemical elements throughout the Universe.   Brad was responsible for using exploding stars to determine the expansion rate of the Universe, as part of the Hubble Space Telescope Key Project on the Extragalactic Distance Scale, for which the team was awarded the 2009 Gruber Prize in Cosmology.  WIth his PhD students, Brad also discovered the first evidence that our own Milky Way’s nearest neighbours were being cannibalised by our Galaxy, being ripped apart by intense tidal forces. Brad’s work has been acknowledged by his peers 20,000 times, making him Hull’s most cited academic, and one of the top few percent in the world. His 300 papers to date also include the identification of the locations within the Milky Way most likely to harbour complex biological life, for which his work was named by National Geographic magazine as one of the top 10 news stories of the year. His recent work has been in trying to link his expertise in galactic chemical evolution, with complex cosmological hydrodynamical schemes, in order to model the time evolution of the chemical and dynamical properties of the Milky Way.

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