Join astrophysicist Dr Roberto Trotta on the ultimate voyage around the science (and the fiction!) behind the Star Trek series. From cloaking devices to alien civilizations, from warp drives to transporters, find out how sci-fi writers have boldly gone where no scientist has gone before – yet.
Roberto Trotta is a theoretical cosmologist at Imperial College London, where he studies dark matter, dark energy and the Big Bang. He is the director of Imperial’s Centre for Languages, Culture and Communication.
Roberto is a passionate science communicator and the recipient of numerous awards for his research, outreach and art and science collaborations, including the Lord Kelvin Award of the British Association for the Advancement of Science, the Michelson Prize of Case Western Reserve University and a President’s Award for Excellence in Public Engagement from Imperial College London.
His award-winning first book for the public, The Edge of the Sky: All you need to know about the All-There-Is, endeavours to explain the Universe using only the most common 1,000 words in English. Roberto was named as one of the 100 Global Thinkers 2014 by Foreign Policy, for “junking astronomy jargon”.
Sunday 21 October
Venue: The Forum, Auditorium