Adriana Marais – No Return from Mars

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Adriana Marais - No Return from Mars
Adriana Marais - No Return from Mars

Adriana Marais – No Return from Mars

Adriana Marais – No Return from Mars went to school in Pietermaritzburg and she studied theoretical physics and philosophy at the University of Cape Town.

She completed her MSc summa cum laude in quantum cryptography at the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal and she was awarded her PhD in quantum biology at the same institute in 2015. Now available to book through Speakers Inc

Adriana Marais – No Return from Mars

She is a member of the Quantum Research Group, established by Professor Francesco Petruccione at UKZN, and she plans to continue her research in quantum biology, specifically studying quantum effects in photosynthesis as well as the origins of prebiotic molecules and life itself.
In 2014, she was one of 200 South African achievers recognized by the Mail & Guardian and in 2015, she was one of the 15 recipients worldwide of a L’Oreal-UNESCO International Rising Talent Grant for Women in Science for her research into the origins of life.
In 2016, she is the Royal Society of South Africa Meiring Naude Medal Awardee for a young researcher, for fundamentally important high impact research in the field of quantum biology.
Later this year, Adriana is due to attend the prestigious 66th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting as one of the 400 most qualified young scientists selected worldwide. View list of Premium Speakers
Since childhood, she has dreamed of living on another planet and she is currently one of the 100 Mars One Project astronaut candidates in the running to move to the Red Planet in 2026. She hopes one day to continue her research on Mars and to possibly contribute to the discovery of evidence that life once existed there.
Adriana Marais – No Return from Mars believes that education comes with the responsibility to share knowledge, and whilst still on Earth, she is actively involved in the promotion of science and space exploration as Special Project Coordinator for the Foundation of Space Development South Africa; an exciting initiative of which is the Africa2Moon Project.
She has given numerous talks since 2014, inspiring school children, teenagers and adults around South Africa (and abroad) to get excited about science, follow on Twitter, to believe in their dreams and to remember Nelson Mandela’s words:
“It always seems impossible until it is done”

Adriana Marais – No Return from Mars

PRESENTATIONS:

“Watch this space! Expanding our imaginations and our world”

A presentation on how we are living in a new era of innovation in space exploration and how the possibility of contributing to the discovery of evidence of extra-terrestrial life is what Adriana finds most fascinating about the prospect of being amongst the first earthlings to move to Mars.