Dr. Graham Lau

Astrobiologist & Science Communicator

Dr. Graham Lau is an astrobiologist and science communicator with a multidisciplinary background in biology, chemistry, astrophysics, and geology. He currently hosts the NASA Astrobiology Program’s “Ask an Astrobiologist” show on YouTube and is the Director of Communications and Marketing for the non-profit Blue Marble Space. Dr. Lau is also a Research Investigator with the Blue Marble Space Institute of Science and serves as the Director of Logistics for the University Rover Challenge (a robotics competition focused on Mars rovers). His work spans conceptual issues in astrobiology, and he's recognized for his dynamic public talks and thought-provoking insights on humanity's place in the cosmos.

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A Meditation on Our Place in the Cosmos 

Sunday, April 7th

Join Dr. Graham Lau for a guided meditation focused on a shared awareness of our place together in the universe. We'll breathe together and envision our connections to the Earth, Moon, Sun, and more. No previous experience in meditation is necessary. 

Astrobiology as an Overview Effect: Contemplating Our Cosmic Significance

Sunday, April 7th

Astrobiology is a realm of study that delves into the nature of life and our existence in the vastness of the universe. Not only does it seek to answer intriguing questions like "Where did life on Earth come from?" and "What might aliens be like if they exist?", but it also involves our ventures to explore life in every nook and cranny of our planet, as well as searching for life on other worlds, both in our solar system and beyond. Astrobiology's exploration of what life is and what finding extraterrestrial life would mean for us brings an encounter with the Overview Effect. The concept of the Overview Effect was first proposed by Frank White in 1987 to highlight the apparent change in awareness reported by astronauts during spaceflight. Many of those who’ve traveled to space have reported seeing Earth as a tiny, delicate ball of life in the void, protected and nourished by a fragile atmosphere. We are not solitary creatures but are part of a vast, interconnected biological tapestry in our little world. This presentation will take you on an incredible journey through the cosmos, encouraging you to contemplate our duties as stewards of the Earth.

Sunday, April 7th