2 April 2016 “Terraforming- terrifying or terrific?” Edinburgh


Edinburgh International Science FestivalI’m looking forward to joining this panel at the Edinburgh International Science Festival.

From the event webpage:

Terraforming – terrifying or terrific?

Saturday 2 April

Terraforming is the process of transforming a hostile environment into one suitable for human life. Our best nearby candidate is Mars and many people are already working on plans to make this possible. In this discussion we will look at our options for ex-Earth living. Where could we live? How would we get there? And importantly – are we ready to allow people to leave Earth forever? We will attack these questions from all sides with the help of Dr Jill Stuart, a space-law expert, Ryan MacDonald, a man prepared to put his life on the line for the Mars One Project and planetary geologist and astrobiologist Dr Louisa Preston.

#SciPals student ticket offer is available on this event.

Ages 14+

Activity Type:



Ryan MacDonald
Dr Jill Stuart
Dr Louisa Preston


12:30 — 14:00


Auditorium , National Museum of Scotland


#SciPals students £4.25
Concession £6.50
Standard Ticket £8.50

Book tickets through the event webpage.

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Dr Jill Stuart is an academic based at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She is an expert in the politics, ethics and law of outer space exploration and exploitation. She is a frequent presence in the global media (print, radio, television, documentary) and regularly gives lectures around the world. From 2013-2017 she was Editor in Chief of the Elsevier journal Space Policy where she remains on the Editorial Board. She is also on the Board of Advisors of METI International, conducting scientific research into messaging potential extraterrestrial intelligence. She is one of an elite number of people to be endorsed by the UK Home Office as an Exceptional Talent Migrant/ World Leader in her Field. In 2015 she was awarded the prestigious Margaret Mead Award Lecture by the British Science Association in recognition of her cutting edge research. She is trained in both domestic and international mediation and has done consultancy work for the International Criminal Court and the International Court of Justice. She has a sub-specialism in women, peace and security and gender based violence. She is a Trustee of Luton All Women’s Centre.


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