The Centre for Planetary Sciences at UCL / Birkbeck


APEX Seminars

The interdisciplinary Astrobiology and Planetary Exploration (APEX) seminars take place during teaching terms 1 and 2, with talks by invited CPS and external speakers on a variety of relevant topics.

The Astrobiology and Planetary Exploration (APEX) seminar series will resume this term from 26th January 2024 on Fridays at lunchtime, 1-2 pm, in room 612 in Birkbeck’s main building on Malet St.  As in previous years, we will operate a hybrid (online and in-person) model for both speakers and attendees.

Details of the forthcoming APEX programme can be found below, although we are still finalising some details/dates. The latest information will be advertised in advance of each meeting.

If you are not on our regular mailing lists and are interested in attending these seminars, please contact joanna.fabbri AT ucl.ac.uk.


APEX Programme 2023/24 - Term 2


Fridays, 1-2 pm, room 612 in Birkbeck’s main building on Malet St and online (i.e. hybrid format, unless specified 'online only' below)

26th JanuaryNick Lane (UCL Div. of Biosciences)The electrical origins of life
2nd February

Geraint Jones (UCL MSSL)

The Comet Interceptor Mission

9th February

Alex Thompson (UCL P&A)

Correcting exoplanet transmission spectra for stellar activity

16th February Postponed to 1st March 
23rd FebruaryKan Chen (UCL P&A) | Mark Lee (UCL P&A)

Planet gap-opening feedback on disc thermal structure and composition | An abiotic Lunar carbon cycle model 

1st March - Remote speaker

David Kipping (Columbia)

The Observational Search for Exomoons
8th MarchAdrien Morison (Exeter)Sublimation-driven convection in Sputnik Planitia on Pluto
15th MarchRachael Hamp (OU)Icy moons (Enceladus) from subsurface to space
22nd March - Online onlyBrooke Johnson (Université de Liège)Fossil preservation in Mesoproterozoic and Paleoarchean clay-rich environments analogous to the Noachian of Mars

As these are research talks, a background in planetary science or related fields is useful to get the most out of the APEX seminars, but we welcome attendance from all those who are interested in these topics, especially our undergraduate and postgraduate students.

APEX speakers

We are always looking for new speakers and stimulating topics in the broad fields of astrobiology and planetary exploration. If you are interested in giving an APEX seminar, we would love to hear from you! Please contact the programme coordinator, Dr Andrew Rushby (a.rushby AT bbk.ac.uk).