25 MARCH 2022 – 5:30 P.M. – LIVE STREAMING
On Earth life is everywhere, above all it is tenacious and manages to adapt to extreme conditions of radioactivity, temperature, acidity and salinity, colonizing even the most hostile places on our planet such as glaciers and deserts. Always managing to find a way to evolve and survive. Teresa Fornaro, astrobiologist and researcher at the INAF-Arcetri Astrophysical Observatory in Florence, day after day with her work tries to solve the most complex equation of human beings: life.
Teresa fell in love with science since she was a child looking at the starry sky and being surprised by the immensity of the universe. The curiosity and the many questions to be answered have transformed her passion for space in her job. Graduated in chemistry at the Federico II University in Naples, she deepdived her studies at the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa obtaining a doctorate in chemistry, and then arrived at the Geophysical Laboratory of the Carnegie Institution for Science in Washington DC and, finally, at the INAF-Osservatorio Astrofisico di Arcetri in Florence. Today she is the only Italian chosen by NASA to participate in the analysis of data from Perseverance, the rover that with the Mars 2020 mission, landed on Mars with a clear goal: understand if there could have been life on the Red Planet.
With her, at illimitHER, we'll talk about science, planets, Martians, music, drawing and writing, but above all about how not to put limits on your passions. Inspiration to unlock one's potential and look beyond, can come even from the most unexpected and distant places from us, like space. Nothing is impossible!
With perseverance and passion you can go far!
Astrobiologist and INAF researcher