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Professor Ian Crawford

Professor of Planetary Science and Astrobiology

Contact details

tel: 020 3073 8026
Room 605, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HX

Recent news and research highlights

Ian has recently published an essay on the social and cultural benefits of studying astrobiology. A popular on-line version has also been published in The Conversation.

Ian has recently published a review article on "Direct Exoplanet Investigation using Interstellar Space Probes" to be published in the forthcoming Handbook of Exoplanets.

Ian has been elected as a Vice-President of the Royal Astronomical Society, and also as Chair of Sub-Commission B3 (The Moon) of the Committee on Space Research (COSPAR).

Ian was the Guest Editor of a recently published Special Issue of the journal Space Policy devoted to 'The Use of Extraterrestrial Resources to Facilitate Space Science and Exploration'. His own contribution to this collection of papers was on 'The long-term scientific benefits of a space economy'.

On 15 July 2016, Ian gave a talk at the International Big History Association meeting in Amsterdam on 'Expanding worldviews: Astrobiology, big history, and the socio-political benefits of the cosmic perspective'.

On 8 April 2016, Ian organised a Royal Astronomical Society Specialist Discussion Meeting about The use of extraterrestrial resources to help facilitate space science and exploration. Videos of these talks may be viewed here.

On 5 November 2015, Ian gave a talk via Skype on lunar resources to the Off World Mining Forum in Sydney. A recording of this talk can be viewed here.

On 25 June 2015 Ian was a guest on the BBC Radio 4 programme "In Our Time" to discuss extremophiles and astrobiology. [audio, 43 mins]