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Astrobiology & Natural Sciences: Finding Life On Other Planets & Studying Natural Sciences With Dr Sarah Gretton, Society For Natural Sciences

28th September 2021 @ 12:45 - 13:45


Explore the possibilities for life across the Universe in our interactive webinar on Astrobiology. Participants will have the opportunity to consider key questions, such as “What do we need for life?” and “If life exists how do we detect it?”

Dr Sarah Gretton will also discuss how the Drake equation attempts to address the question of detecting intelligent life in the Universe.

During the talk, students will hear about Natural Sciences and the great study opportunities offered by a range of universities, along with related employability and careers in this field. Please see further details below.

Dr Sarah Gretton is an Associate Professor, Natural Sciences (Life and Physical Sciences) Programme Director and Admissions Tutor at the University of Leicester. In this session, Sarah represents the recently formed Society for Natural Sciences, a national learned society that promotes interdisciplinary science education and research.

Follow-up resources linking this webinar to A-level, BTEC, T-level and IB curricula will be made available after this session via the Society for Natural Sciences website.


Lecturer Biography (Please Click): Dr Sarah Gretton


About Natural Sciences Natural Sciences is the study of our physical world, exploring scientific and related topics without being confined by the boundaries of traditional disciplines. Natural Sciences degrees allow students to study more than one discipline at undergraduate level, combining subjects that match their own interests, enabling them to discover where their passions lie. While the specific structures of Natural Sciences programmes in the UK vary, they all provide a degree experience that encourages interdisciplinary thinking and takes students beyond discipline silos. This benefits not only graduates who choose to work in interdisciplinary areas but also brings a wider perspective to those who move into a single discipline. This seminar is sponsored by the Society for Natural Sciences and covers a typical Natural Sciences subject area: medical imaging and the contribution of interdisciplinary science to human health.


Our events are designed so that a group of students can take part from a classroom or students and teachers can take part as individuals, either from school or from home. This means that sessions will continue irrespective of possible school closures.


Suitable for: Year 12 & 13 students, and equivalent, studying Science, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Maths, Earth Sciences.

Preparation or Pre-Reading: There is no preparation required although students are advised to consider the subject area in advance and think about any questions they might like to ask about finding life and/or Natural Sciences.

The IT Setup: The event will be run on Bluejeans and participants will be able to join using laptops, tablets, and mobile devices. If you are joining as a school group, we recommend connecting with one device and projecting on to a whiteboard. You will be able to interact with the university via a microphone and/or typed comments and questions. Full details will be sent to those who have registered (see below) prior to the event.

Booking a Place: This is free for schools and colleges. If you would like to take part in this event, please register your interest using the link to the registration form below:


28th September 2021
12:45 - 13:45
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