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Institute of Advanced Study

Past Events

Water on the Earth and Beyond Workshop

22nd September 2009, 09:00 to 23rd September 2009, 17:00, The Ogden Research Centre

Water has a dramatic influence on the chemical and physical properties of natural materials, and so has played a central role in shaping our Universe. Most importantly for us, it has dominated the evolution of our own planet and appears to have been essential for the origin and emergence of life.

This workshop will focus on the distribution of water in the Universe and planets, and the search for water-rich environments capable of harbouring life, both inside and outside our solar system

The scope of the meeting will be to discuss the distribution of water in the universe, ranging from water on Earth and its critical role as a habitat for life, up to searches for evidence of water on the Moon, solar system planets and beyond, with the obvious connection to the search for extraterrestrial life.

8 plenary lectures will be interspersed with discussion periods focused on what is the path forward in each subject and what are the connections with the other lecture topics.

The workshop is free to attend but places are limited.

Contact m.ward@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.

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