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Speaker -Prof Matteo Ceriotti

Smith Museum Lecture Theatre 7.30

How to build a colony on an alien world Matteo Ceriotti

Humankind may need to colonise other planets if we were to survive in the long-run. Where are we at? Closer than youmight think, but there is still some work to do. Whether it will be Moon, Mars, an asteroid, a station in deep space, or some exoplanet, this speculative talk will explore the state-of-the-art of the technologies that will enable humans to settle out of this world: transportation, habitats, energy, nutrition, environment.

Biography Matteo Ceriotti

Dr Matteo Ceriotti received his M.Sc. summa cum laude from Politecnico di Milano (Italy) in 2006 with a thesis on planning and scheduling for planetary exploration. In 2010, he received his Ph.D. on “Global Optimisation of Multiple Gravity Assist Trajectories” from the Department of Aerospace Engineering of the University of Glasgow (United Kingdom). During 2009-2012, Matteo was a research fellow at the Advanced Space Concepts Laboratory, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, leading the research theme “Orbital Dynamics of Large Gossamer Spacecraft”. In 2012, he returned to the University of Glasgow as a lecturer in Space Systems Engineering, within the School of Engineering. His main research interests are space mission analysis and trajectory design, orbital dynamics, trajectory optimisation, particularly focusing on high area-to-mass ratio structures.

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Stirling Astronomical Society (SAS) is open to anyone aged 11 years or over and who has an interest in astronomy. At the SAS we welcome total beginners, experienced observers, or those with an interest in a particular topic, such as variable stars, comets, aurora or meteors.

Regular Lectures

The Society meets from September to May during the year. Lectures are held generally on the second Friday in each month during that period, beginning at 7.30 p.m. The venue is the lecture room of the Smith Museum and Art Gallery, Dumbarton Road, Stirling.

Meetings are free and anyone with an interest in astronomy is welcome to attend, whether a Member of the Society or not. Lecturers come from a wide range of backgrounds, all with specialist knowledge in their chosen subject. There is also the opportunity to chat with members informally over tea and coffee.


Evening Classes

The Society regularly runs a series of Evening Classes in Stirling. These are open to anyone over 11 years old with an interest in Astronomy and topics vary in each course, covering all the basic information to develop a good understanding of modern astronomy. Classes run once a month on Thursday evenings at the Stirling Highland Hotel (click here for map), Spittal Street, 7:00 to 9:00pm.

The current evening classes will start in October and run to March, on 1st Thursday of the month in the Highland Hotel, £5.00 per meeting, (members of SAS have a £10.00 discount. If you would like to take part or learn more about the classes, please Contact Us



In recent years the Society has received two awards from the National Lottery under the Awards for All scheme. The funds have been used to acquire a wide range of observing and teaching equipment to encourage interest in Astronomy in the Stirling area. Also, the Society has the use of a 12.5 inch reflecting telescope, built in 1889 and located on the roof of the Stirling Highland Hotel.

Members also hold informal meetings on the last Friday of each month to discuss recent developments and observations.


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