Friday 24th June and Saturday 25th June 2011

Museum of Natural Sciences, Rue Vautier 29, Brussels, Belgium

Two of the great unanswered scientific questions are: How did life begin on Earth? Is there life elsewhere in the Universe? These are questions that have fascinated humanity for centuries. The 21st century may at last see answers to these questions as we obtain a better understanding of the chemistry of the universe and explore planets around other stars.

Europe is at the forefront of such research supporting a range of collaborative projects that both explore the fundamental chemistry necessary to understand how the elements and molecules necessary for life are made and explore the planets of our solar system and beyond for evidence of life.

This exhibition aims to provide the public with a summary of the current state of the art in this rapidly evolving field. The exhibition describes the pan European collaborations that have been assembled to conduct this research programme and is supported by both the European Science Foundation (ESF) and COST European Cooperation in Science and Technology as part of their public dissemination activities during the International Year of Chemistry

For a booklet describing research in this area click here.

For copies of the booklet and further details about the exhibition please contact

Professor Nigel J Mason
Department of Physics and Astronomy
The Open University
Walton Hall
Milton Keynes
United Kingdom

Supported by European Science Foundation and COST


Last Modified 10 June 2011