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  • Date and time: Friday 7 June 2024, 6pm to 7pm
  • Location: Online only
  • Admission: Free admission, booking required

Event details

One of the most powerful questions we ask about the cosmos is: Are we alone?

Prepare for a scientific and cultural adventure through our ideas about extraterrestrial life and the cosmos with science writer Jaime Green. She will trace our scientific understanding of what and where life in the universe could be, from Galileo and Copernicus through to our current tracking of exoplanets in the ‘Goldilocks zone’, where life akin to ours on Earth might exist. Along the way, she’ll present insights from a long tradition of science fiction that uses imagination to extrapolate worlds, in turn inspiring scientists and their research.

Why not join Jaime, author of The Possibility of Life, as she delves into our evolving conception of the cosmos to pose an even deeper question: What does it mean to be human?

This event will take place live on Zoom Webinar. You will receive a link to join a couple of days before the event and a reminder an hour before. During the event, you can ask questions via a Q&A function, but audience cameras and microphones will remain muted throughout.

Book sales

You can buy copies of many of our speakers’ books from Fox Lane Books, a local independent bookseller and Festival partner. In some cases, author signed bookplates are available too. 

About the speaker

Jaime Green is a science writer, essayist, editor and teacher, and series editor of The Best American Science and Nature Writing. She received her MFA in Creative Nonfiction from Columbia, USA, and her writing has appeared in Slate, Popular Science, The New York Times Book Review, American Theatre, Catapult, Astrobites and elsewhere.


University of York