Inaugural Lecture by Professor Uffe Gråe Jørgensen – Niels Bohr Institute - University of Copenhagen

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Inaugural Lecture by Professor Uffe Gråe Jørgensen

Is our solar system unique? -- is that why we are here?

There are 10 billion Earth-like exoplanets in our Galaxy, the MilkyWay, but only very few planetary systems similar to our own Solar system. It is likely that the full configuration of planets in the Solar system was required for intelligent life to develop on Earth. If this is true, then we may be very alone in the universe. In a few years we will, for the first time in human history, be able to observe if there is life (to be seen as a local decrease in entropy) on the nearest Earth-like exoplanets. To understand what we will see, will, however, require advanced planetary atmospheric modelling, which will involve aspects from both astronomy, modern climate research and bio-complexity. We may even need AI to assist us in understanding whether we see ET! Are we ready for the surprises that may await us?

Uffe Gråe Jørgensen

The Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen

After the lecture, the institute will host a reception in the Rotunde outside the auditorium.