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13 May 2021
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Using Astrobiology to teach science in schools and in prisons

In this talk, Charles Cockell and Gayle Duffus will explain their work with the Scottish Government’s RAiSE programme (Raising Aspirations in Science Education) to use astrobiology to deliver science at primary to secondary transition. Charles Cockell will also touch on the Life Beyond programme, which engages the prison population in the design of stations for the Moon and Mars, thus improving science education and creativity in prisons.

Charles Cockell, Professor of Astrobiology, University of Edinburgh
Charles Cockell is professor of astrobiology at the University of Edinburgh. His research interests cover life in extreme environments, the habitability of extraterrestrial environments, and space biology, using laboratory, field, orbital and other space platforms to investigate fundamental and applied questions in microbiology. He currently sits on the science advisory committee of NASA’s Center for the Utilization of Biological Engineering in Space (CUBES). Prior to this he was a research scientist at the British Antarctic Survey and held a National Research Council (NRC) Associateship at the NASA Ames Research Centre and a visiting scholarship at Stanford University.

Gayle Duffus, Education Officer – Primary Science, Education Scotland
Gayle Duffus is employed by The Wood Foundation and based within Education Scotland. Gayle is the strategic lead and programme coordinator for the Raising Aspirations in Science Education (RAiSE) programme.


  • Scotland
  • Online event, Accessed using Zoom,
  • Scotland


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