Life Beyond

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities


 Life Beyond is a collaboration between the UK Centre for Astrobiology and the Scottish Prison Service (SPS) to take astrobiology into the prison environment. Using a pilot program across four Scottish prisons, a four-week astrobiology course focused on designing a station for Mars was developed. Learning outcomes range from improvements in literacy, numeracy and science skills to enhancing civic responsibilities.  The results of the initiative are products such as essays, design and art, providing participants with tangible outputs. 

The field of astrobiology is concerned with the origin, evolution and distribution of life in the Universe. It contains within it civilization-level questions such as: What is the future of humanity on Earth and can we successfully explore and settle other planets? As such, it offers an educational framework for both teaching basic science and for engaging individuals in questions about how society can take on its biggest challenges and opportunities. 

Period26 Feb 2018

Media coverage


Media coverage

  • TitlePrisoners at Saughton go to classes on space station design and growing crops on the moon
    Degree of recognitionNational
    Media name/outletSunday Post
    Media typePrint
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
    DescriptionArticle on Life Beyond project
    Producer/AuthorSunday post
    PersonsCharles Cockell


  • prisons
  • education
  • Mars/moon