The UK Space Agency has announced that Professor of Science Communication and astrobiology researcher Lewis Dartnell’s ‘Space Explorers’ project has been selected to receive one of eight available grants. The grants will go towards outreach and education activities related to the Agency’s space exploration programme.

Speaking about the great achievement, Professor Dartnell said: “I’m absolutely delighted to have been supported by the UK Space Agency for our outreach project. I think that combining computer games with green screen studio interviews of space scientists is a really fun way of exploring the real science behind our favourite games, and how the UK is leading in the field.”

Professor Dartnell’s research is in the field of astrobiology and the search for microbial life on Mars. He has won several awards for his science writing and outreach work, and has published three books. His latest book, entitled ‘The Knowledge: How to Rebuild Our World After and Apocalypse', is all about the behind-the-scenes fundamentals of how our modern world works, including how things are made, and what key transitions enabled civilisation to progress across the centuries and millennia of history.

The UK Space Agency are delighted to be able to support the chosen projects, which represent a diverse selection of cross-curricular activities that meet its education objectives in encouraging children to take up STEM subjects, raise awareness of careers in space-related areas, and raise awareness of the UK’s exploration programme.

The University of Westminster promotes STEM subjects through its outreach work. Most recently Professor Dartnell and Senior Lecturer in Pharmacology and Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology Dr Nelson Chong, both spoke at the UK’s first New Scientist Live event.

The University of Westminster’s Faculty of Science and Technology’s high-quality teaching is informed by our internationally recognised research, which encompasses a wide range of disciplines. In the most recent Research Assessment Exercise a proportion of the research outputs in all subject areas were judged to be at world-leading and internationally excellent levels. 

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