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The Royal Scottish Society of Arts
Showcasing Scotland's Science, Technology and Innovation

Professor John C. Brown, Astronomer Royal for Scotland and Honorary Fellow of the RSSA has asked us to publicise an event to be held in the Edinburgh University Student's Union Debating Hall in Teviot Row on Saturday March 9th 2013.

"Life in the Universe"

A day of FREE talks and discussion by eminent experts, for the general public (ages 8 and up).

Unticketed, but space limited. Come early to avoid disappointment.

PROGRAMME: 9.30-17.00

Talks start at 10 am but early arrivals get a chance of some sunspot observing and meteorite viewing.

10.00 Introduction - Prof. J.C. Brown FRSE (Astronomer Royal for Scotland)
10.20 "Exo-planets & Potential Life Signatures" - Prof. D. W. Kurtz (UCLan)
11.00 Break
11.15 "Where is Life Most Diverse, and Why?" - Prof. J.R. Downie (Glasgow)
11.45 "Cosmo-chemistry and Life" - Dr H.J. Fraser (OU)
12.15 Lunch + Meteorite viewing - Mr. J. Shepherd
14.15 "Cosmic Environments" - Dr. C. J. Lintott (Oxford & BBC Sky at Night)
14.55 "Life in Extreme Environments" - Prof. C.S. Cockell (UK Center for Astrobiology)
15.30 "Big Bang, Entropy & Life" - Prof. Sir Roger J. Penrose FRS, OM (Oxford)
16.30 Panel & Audience Q&A Session
~ 17.00 Close

Organisers: J.C. Brown, C.S. Cockell, C. Gleed, L.S. McCalman
Sponsors: IoP (Scotland); RSE (Cormack Bequest); UK Centre for Astrobiology, Edinburgh
Poster Artwork: D.B. McCalman

"The Out of This World Ceilidh"

This evening event follows, and is in the same venue as The Life in the Universe talks earlier in the day.

Socialise with the speakers, attendees and the general ceilidh crowd - and dance to Scotland's renowned ceilidh band The Occasionals. Weather permitting, let balcony stargazing take your breath away between dances.

For more details and to purchase ceilidh tickets: http://www.eventelephant.com/OutOfThisWorldCeilidh
(Tickets: Age 18 and over £12.50; 10-18 yrs £7; under 10 free)

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