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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

On Monday 10th September 2018, Ian gave a radio interview on space exploration for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's Late Night Live programme. It can be heard here.

Ian has had a short article published in The Conversation on the possible societal benefits of 'Big History', and a slightly expanded version emphasising the geopolitical benefits of 'Big History' in The World Orders Forum of the World Government Research Network.

Ian has been awarded a Visiting Research Fellowship at the Humanities Research Centre at the Australian National University from July to September 2018. During this time he will be researching the social and political implications of astrobiology, and organised a symposium to discuss related topics: Expanding Worldviews: Astrobiology, Big History and the Social and Intellectual Benefits of the Cosmic Perspective. A summary of this meeting can be found here.

In October 2017 Ian gave a lecture at the Royal Institution: Astrobiology and the Search for Extra-terrestrial Life [video: 35mins]

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.