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Survey on Astrobiology Research and Teaching Activities Within the United Kingdom

Dartnell, Lewis R., Burchell, Mark J. (2009) Survey on Astrobiology Research and Teaching Activities Within the United Kingdom. Astrobiology, 9 (8). pp. 717-730. ISSN 1531-1074. (doi:10.1089/ast.2009.0348) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

While astrobiology is apparently growing steadily around the world, in terms of the number of researchers drawn into this interdisciplinary area and teaching courses provided for new students, there have been very few studies conducted to chart this expansion quantitatively. To address this deficiency, the Astrobiology Society of Britain (ASB) conducted a questionnaire survey of universities and research institutions nationwide to ascertain the current extent of astrobiology research and teaching in the UK. The aim was to provide compiled statistics and an information resource for those who seek research groups or courses of study, and to facilitate new interdisciplinary collaborations. The report here summarizes details gathered on 33 UK research groups, which involved 286 researchers (from undergraduate project students to faculty members). The survey indicates that around 880 students are taking university-level courses, with significant elements of astrobiology included, every year in the UK. Data are also presented on the composition of astrobiology students by their original academic field, which show a significant dominance of physics and astronomy students. This survey represents the first published systematic national assessment of astrobiological academic activity and indicates that this emerging field has already achieved a strong degree of penetration into the UK academic community.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1089/ast.2009.0348
Uncontrolled keywords: Research; Teaching; United Kingdom; Astrobiology Society of Britain (ASB)
Subjects: Q Science
Q Science > QB Astronomy
Divisions: Faculties > Sciences > School of Physical Sciences
Faculties > Sciences > School of Physical Sciences > Centre for Astrophysics and Planetary Sciences
Depositing User: Mark Burchell
Date Deposited: 05 Dec 2013 12:59 UTC
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2019 10:36 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/37224 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Burchell, Mark J.: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2680-8943
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