Experts to answer why social sciences are key to space exploration

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A panel of experts will discuss the role of social sciences, arts and humanities in space exploration at University of Leicester next week. 

Why social sciences, arts and humanities are important in space exploration will take place on Thursday, 23 May and is the latest in University of Leicester’s Humanising Space series. 

The series examines how sociology, criminology, history, economics, law and politics increasingly play a role in space research, technology, and exploration.

Humanising Space is led by Dr Bleddyn Bowen and Dr Rossana Deplano with the University’s Institute for Space and the College of Social Science, Arts and Humanities.

At this latest event, Director of Institute of Space at University of Leicester, Professor Emma Bunce will chair a discussion with:

  • Professor Henrietta O’Connor, Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor at University of Leicester

  • Professor John Goodwin, University of Leicester

  • Dr Monica Truninger, University of Lisbon

  • Dr Jack Lampkin, York St John University


Dr Bowen, Co-Lead for Space for Society Research at the Institute for Space said: “Outer space is not only a place for the sciences – it is a place shaped by humanity and the social world. It’s important we look at the ‘why’ and ‘so what’ questions of humanity’s Space Age which increasingly impacts our daily lives on Earth”

Dr Deplano, Co-Lead for Life in Space Research at the Institute for Space said: This fantastic panel of experts is testament to the uniquely inclusive, forward-thinking spirit that permeates research on outer space at the University of Leicester”

The event will be held in the Bennett Building (Lecture Theatre 1, University Road, LE1 7RH) as well as online between 4pm and 5pm. More information about the event can be found here.