MONTREAL, April 17, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - For the first event in its Lecture Series of 2013, the Space for Life welcomes astrophysicist Roland Lehoucq on April 30, 7:30 p.m., at the Rio Tinto
Alcan Planetarium; he will share his thoughts on the question: What do extraterrestrials look like? In comic books, movies, TV shows, and sensationalist magazines and
newspapers, this topic always sparks curiosity and controversy in equal
measure. But have you ever wondered what extraterrestrials might look
like? Would they be humanoid, like us? Or would their appearance be
Who might these extraterrestrials be?
Roland Lehoucq has been pondering the Universe for close to 30 years.
And he finds the potential existence of life elsewhere in the cosmos
especially intriguing. If extraterrestrials exist, where are they?
Discoveries made in the past 20 years are staggering: more than
850 planets are known to orbit around stars similar to our sun! And
just think—a galaxy like ours contains hundreds of billions of stars!
Even in our own solar system, we have Mars and Titan—a moon of Saturn
that resembles a primitive earth—which show signs of potentially
intelligent life either in the past or in the future. Astronomers and
biologists work together to examine the data and try to formulate
hypotheses. In light of current scientific knowledge, Roland Lehoucq
considers these various suppositions in an effort to draw some
A student of the Universe
Passionate about spreading scientific knowledge, Roland Lehoucq was a
researcher at the Department of Astrophysics at the Atomic Energy and
Alternative Energies Commission (CEA) in Saclay until 2011 and is
currently a professor at the École Polytechnique. He is a senior fellow
in physics and a specialist in cosmic topology, the branch of cosmology
that works on how to determine the shape and size of the universe. A
lecturer and prolific writer with 26 published works to his name,
Roland Lehoucq is also the author of some 50 articles written for lay
readers. In addition to serving as chair of Les Utopiales, the
international science-fiction festival in Nantes, since 2012, Roland
Lehoucq has been honoured with numerous scientific awards and
distinctions, including the Diderot-Curien prize, bestowed by the
Association des musées et centres pour le développement de la culture
scientifique, technique et industrielle (AMCSTI), in 2010.
A signing will follow the lecture. The purchase of Mr. Lehoucq's books
is possible with cash only.
Roland Lehoucq's lecture is made possible by the support of the Service
de Coopération et d'Action Culturelle of the Consulate General of
France in Québec City and the Association des communicateurs
scientifiques du Québec (ACS).
Lecture: What do extraterrestrials look like?
Where: Milky Way Theatre, Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium, 4801 avenue
When: Tuesday, April 30, 2013, 7:30 p.m.
Admission: Regular: $12 Students / Friends of the Garden / Biodôme /
Insectarium / SAPM / members of the ACS : $9*
*Those holding discount tickets must show a valid membership card and
photo ID at the entrance.
To buy tickets online: www.espacepourlavie.ca/en/ticket-office
Seats are limited
Parking (paid): 3000 rue Viau, corner de Marseilles
(The lecture will be in French)
SOURCE: Planétarium Rio Tinto Alcan
For further information:
Information for Montréal:
Diane Pinard, Communications Coordinator
Space for Life
Nadine Fortin, Communications Coordinator
Space for Life
Information for Québec City and Rimouski:
Myriam Francoeur, Communication Agent
Association des communicateurs scientifiques du Québec (ACS)
514-508-5544 ext. 222