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Astrobiology & Natural Sciences: Finding Life On Other Planets & Studying Natural Sciences With Dr Sarah Gretton, University Of Leicester

19th November 2019 @ 13:30 - 14:15



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,, Natural Sciences (Life and Physical Sciences) Programme Director at University of Leicester, 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 Leicester, along with related employability and careers in this field. Please see further details below.


About Natural Sciences Natural Sciences is often perceived as a traditional elite science programme offered by Cambridge.  If you have pupils that are interested in studying Natural Sciences at somewhere other than Cambridge,  Leicester offers an award-winning interdisciplinary Natural Sciences course for high calibre students that want to continue studying more than one Science at University.  That’s not to say that they can’t specialise.  Leicester’s bespoke modules designed for Natural Sciences students allow for specialisation from year two in an interdisciplinary context.  Our course will shape young minds giving them opportunities to write real journal articles on topical science whilst equipping them to be highly employable scientists with excellent communication and collaboration skills. Also, for students that didn’t select the ‘right’ A-levels, Leicester’s Foundation Course offers a unique pathway into a strong Natural Sciences degree.


Lecturer Biography (Please Click): Dr Sarah Gretton

Suitable for: Year 12 & 13 students 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 setup is similar to Skype, using a pc and webcam, although students take part as a group with the image projected on a whiteboard rather than as individuals in front of lots of pcs. Dedicated videoconferencing equipment is also compatible if available to the school. Further details are here: Connecting in to a Channel Talent Event (Please Click)

We will work with your IT department to ensure everything is set up and working prior to the event. The sessions are generally limited to 3 to 5 schools to maintain the interactive nature of the experience. In this event there will be three groups of schools taking part increasing the opportunity to participate.

Booking a Place: This is free for schools and colleges. If you have a group of students that you would like to take part in this event, please click here 

Subject to availability we will book a place for you.


19th November 2019
13:30 - 14:15
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