Space exploration

Who needs space?

Thursday February 13th 2020, 5:45pm – 7pm,

Oakeshott Room, Berrow Foundation Building, Lincoln College, Oxford.



Alan Garfinkel is the 2019-2020 Newton-Abraham Visiting Professor, permanently holding the position of Professor of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles. Graduating from Harvard with a PhD in Philosophy, Prof Garfinkel initially worked as a professor of philosophy before focusing on mathematical modelling and its applications to cardiology. He works on understanding and developing new therapeutic interventions for physiological processes, particularly through the use of mathematical modelling and computer simulation. Also trained as a philosopher of science, he is interested in the social and ethical contexts and consequences of scientific theories and practices.


Adam Camilletti is the Engineering Manager for the Mars Sample Fetch Rover, part of a collaboration between the European and American space agencies that aims to bring back to Earth samples of the Martian surface and atmosphere. After graduating from Oxford with a DPhil in Physics, Dr Camilletti has worked mainly in the aerospace industry, contributing to the design and manufacture of numerous spacecraft. Most recently, he was the Deputy Engineering Manager on the Rosalind Franklin (ExoMars) Rover, due to launch later this year. He is interested in the challenges that the exploration of space presents in the ethical, scientific and technological domains.


Baptiste Vasey is a second-year DPhil in Surgical Sciences from Switzerland. Before joining the Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences, he studied medicine at the University of Zurich and was a Mercator Fellow in international affairs for the academic year 2017/18. He wrote his master’s thesis on gravitational biology under the supervision of Prof Oliver Ullrich and Dr Cora Thiel, studying the effects of microgravity on the immune system and more specifically on human macrophages. His current research interest focuses on machine learning applications to support clinicians’ decision-making and improving the management of patients deteriorating after surgery.



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