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The open university

The open university is a pioneer of modern distance learning that enables more than 200,000 people to achieve their career goals studying at times and places to suit them. The ou is also a research university placed in the top 1/3 of uk universities with 72% of its research judged ‘internationally excellent and world leading’.the open university (ou) is a founder member of astrobiology research with a portfolio of research including;

  • Planetary exploration

  • Exoplanet studies

  • Studies of the chemical origins of life

  • Study of extremophiles on earth

Research facilities include a suite of state of the art research and analytical laboratories and the capacity to design and build instruments for space missions. The ou is engaged in many international astrobiology projects and trains phd students in the transdisciplinary skills necessary for such research.

Representative: professor nigel mason

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