Public Lecture: Why go to Mars? The Derry Dialogues

Event Details

  • Date:
  • Time: 6:00 PM
  • Location: Richards Building, Room 2520

This event is going to explore Mars through presentations, a panel discussion and questions from the audience. Physics Professor Ralf Gellert will be one of the panel members. The event will cover (from the event's webpage):

In this the inaugural Derry Dialogue, we are going to ask: Why are we going to Mars? Should we go to Mars? What will we discover there about the planet and about ourselves?
And who better to be our guides then a Canadian astronaut, two internationally renowned researchers who worked on the Mars Rovers and contributed to sustaining life in space, and a leading academic who advises NASA’s astrobiology program.

The Panel includes:

  • Dr. Robert Thirsk, Astronaut with the Canadian Space Agency from 1984 to 2012 and Chancellor of the University of Calgary
  • Dr. Mike Dixon, Director, Controlled Environment Systems Research Facility, School of Environmental Sciences, University of Guelph
  • Dr. Ralf Gellert, Associate Professor, Department of Physics, University of Guelph
  • Dr. Linda Billings, Consultant to NASA's astrobiology and planetary defense programs, National Institute of Aerospace
  •  Moderated by Dr. Sofie Lachapelle, Professor of History of Science & Acting Associate Vice President (Academic), University of Guelph

For more information, and description of each panel member, please visit the event's webpage.