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Expanding Worldviews: Astrobiology, Big History and Cosmic Perspectives

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Venue Birkbeck Clore Management Centre, B01

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Thursday 19th September: 9.30am - 6pm (full programme to follow)

Friday 20th September: 9.30am - 6pm (full programme to follow)

This event is free to attend, book via Eventbrite here

You can download the programme here

Astrobiology and Big History are two relatively new intellectual disciplines, the former focussed on searching for life elsewhere in the universe and the latter on integrating human history into the wider history of the cosmos. Despite some differences in emphasis these two disciplines share much in common, not least their interdisciplinarity and the cosmic and evolutionary perspectives that they both engender.

This meeting is held under the auspices of the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities, the UCL/Birkbeck Centre for Planetary Sciences and the Birkbeck Centre for Legal Futures (formerly the Centre for Critical Study of European Law). It will provide a forum for discussing the relationships between Astrobiology and Big History, with an emphasis on their wider intellectual and societal benefits. It will build on an earlier meeting, Expanding Worldviews I, that was held at the Australian National University in July 2018 (a summary of which can be found here).

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