Professor Ian Crawford is a member of this Network. He has been interested in the subject now called “Big History” since the early 1990s. His current research centres on planetary science (especially the Moon) and astrobiology. He has long thought that the cosmic and evolutionary perspective provided by Big History (as well as astronomy and astrobiology) has far-reaching social and political implications for how we organise our affairs on this planet.
He gave a talk at the IBHA Conference in 2016 Entitled “Expanding worldviews: Astrobiology, Big History, and the Socio-Political Benefits of the Cosmic Perspective”
Why did you join Big History European Network?
I joined because I think there is value in facilitating contacts and activities related to BH in Europe, especially between the biennial IBHA conferences.
What do you want to achieve personally from your membership?
I would like to maintain contacts with European colleagues and to learn about activities in Europe that I may wish to support.
What do you want this network to achieve?
I hope the network will build on the IBHA meeting in Amsterdam and help continue the growth of BH research and teaching in Europe.
Ian Crawford is Professor of Planetary Science and Astrobiology at Birkbeck, University of London and Visiting Research Associate in Astronomy, UCL.
He is an advisor to the European Space Agency, Vice President of the Royal Astronomical Society, and on the Council of the Astrobiology Society of Britain.
Professor I. A. Crawford
Professor of Planetary Science and Astrobiology
Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Birkbeck College
Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HX, UK