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Life on other planets

Is there life on other planets and how can we recognise it?

Scotland’s first every Astrobiology conference – to be held at the University of St Andrews tomorrow (Friday 27 May 2005) – will hear researchers from throughout the UK discuss a range of topics including the search for habitable planets, extra-solar planets, the origin of life and early evolution of life on Earth, and artificial life in cyberspace.

The conference also aims to act as a catalyst to stimulate collaborative, inter-disciplinary research and to discuss the creation of an Astrobiology Research Group in Scotland and a Scotland-wide graduate level Astrobiology course extending across the disciplines relevant to Astrobiology and utilising the Scottish Universities Physics Alliance (SUPA) telepresence infrastructure as part of the SUPA graduate school curriculum.

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