Professor Ian Crawford
Professor of Planetary Science and Astrobiology
Room 605, Malet Street
tel: 020 3073 8026
Ian organised a Royal Astronomical Society Specialist Discussion Meeting on "Science Enabled by the Global Exploration Roadmap", which was held on Friday 8 November 2013. Further details can be found .
Ian gave an invited talk on "Lunar Exploration: Opening a Window into the History and Evolution of the Earth-Moon System" at a Royal Society Discussion Meeting on 'The Origin of the Moon' on 23-24 September 2013. The resulting paper, co-authored with Dr Katherine Joy (Manchester) has now been submitted for publication in the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society.
Ian gave an invited talk on 'Starship Destinations' at the Starship Century symposium, held at the University of California San Diego on 21-22 May. Together with science fiction author Stephen Baxter, he has written a chapter on the same subject in the book resulting from the conference ('Starship Century: Toward the Grandest Horizon' edited by James and Gregory Benford, Microwave Sciences/Lucky Bat Books, 2013). Ian also spoke at a second Starship Century meeting held in London at the Royal Astronomical Society on 21 October 2013, and a summary of that meeting has been published in The Economist.
The Natural Environment Research Council have done a news feature on our group's astrobiology work in Iceland for their 'Planet Earth Online' website. This is based on a paper published in the Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research (vol. 256, pp. 61-77, 2013), led by Dr Claire Cousins.
Together with James Carpenter (ESA), Ralf Jaumann (DLR) and Charles Cockell (Edinburgh), in December 2012 Ian was a Guest Editor of a Special Issue of Planetary and Space Science devoted to the topic of "Scientific Preparations for Lunar Exploration." The contents of this Special Issue can be viewed here.