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Astronomy & Space Science
Science - General
Science - Physics
John is a Professor of astrophysics at Monash University. His specialty research areas are the lives of stars and the search for life in the Universe. He has published over 250 research papers, is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society in the UK, and was made an Honorary Fellow of the Astronomical Society of Australia for "distinguished contributions to the promotion or extension of the knowledge of astronomy". He is the President of the International Astronomical Union's Commission on "Stellar Evolution ".

He has held positions at the Institute of Astronomy at Cambridge University (in the UK), the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (in the USA) and the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics (in Toronto).

John has a long record of delivering extremely successful and popular lectures to professional astronomers as well as the public. His research has won prizes for it originality. He is very happy to engage with interested people and explain astronomy, stars, black holes, the search for aliens, as well as the more general question of how science works. He has worked with the Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal, and teaches both astrobiology and the scientific method at Monash University in Australia.

Are We Alone in the Universe?
This can be delivered as anywhere between *one* and *four* lectures, depending on how much detail is desired.

A Galaxy Full of Stars
This covers the life if stars and how they affect galaxies.

Our Star, the Sun
The past, present and future life of our Sun.

Searching for Alien Life
How to search for aliens and the implications of finding them.

How does Science Work?
What distinguishes science from other ways of learning about the world?

The fate of the Universe
What shape is the Universe? How old is it? What will happen in the future?