The Planetary Society Spring 2020 Public Talk

ExoMars: The Search for Life in Martian Clays

Monday 30th March 2020, 7.30pm, Theatre 001, TUD, Tallaght Campus (formerly IT Tallaght)

Main Building, Belgard Road,Tallaght, D24 FKT9.

Talk Description

Is there life on Mars? Could there have been in the past?  The ESA ExoMars rover will launch in July 2020 and land on Mars in February 2021 are to search for signs of past or present life. This public talk, for non-expert and expert alike, explores now ESA’s ExoMars – of which Ireland is a part – will search for that evidence.

Speaker: Amy Dugdale

Amy Dugdale, final year Chemistry & Biology student of NUI Maynooth and who interned on the ExoMars mission through The Open University and the University of Kent will talk about the science objectives of, and about her internship on, the imminent and ground breaking ExoMars mission.

Kevin Nolan, volunteer for The Planetary Society will also give a brief talk about the society and it’s significant open access online resources for all interested in Space Exploration.


This is a free event and all are welcome on the evening without booking; though you are welcome to reserve seats by emailing:

Update (9th March 2020) – As of today this event is going ahead, but please check back before attending to see any updates concerning the impact of COVID-19 on the running of this event. 




TUD Tallaght Campus is 50 minutes from Dublin City Centre on the Luas Red line. The campus resides within a 5-7 minute walk from the Luas Red Line Tallaght Terminus.


M50 Motorway: South

Take Exit 10 (Marked Ballymount/Belgard Rd)
Take right turn at top of ramp (heading for Belgard Road)
Follow R838 straight through 2 sets of lights (Luas tracks will be on the right hand side)
At the junction with Belgard Road (R113), take the left turn.
Travel straight along Belgard Road (through four sets of traffic lights)
Take the first exit at the roundabout

M50 Motorway: North

Take Exit 10 (Marked Ballymount/Belgard Rd)
Take left turn at top of ramp (heading for Belgard Road)
Instructions as above for M50 South.


To adjacent to TUD Tallaght Campus:

175      From UCD

75        From Dun Laoghaire

27        From Clare Hall

54A     From Eden Quay

65        From Hawkin’s Street

77A     From Ringsend Rd


To The Square (5-7 minute walk from Campus)

49        From Pearse St

76        From Chapelizod

76A     From Blanchardstown


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