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Looking for life elsewhere

How do we define what “habitable” means on another planet and how do we look for life elsewhere in the Universe? These are questions the Center for Space and Habitability (CSH) at the University of Bern wants to answer. Its new director Kevin Heng is an expert in the atmospheres of exoplanets and also leader of a PlanetS subproject. For a change of scenery he likes cooking: Scientists usually have to wait for a long time before they see a result. “With cooking the gratification is instantaneous,” says Kevin Heng. Born in Singapore and trained in the U.S., he has been working as a professor at the University of Bern since 2013. “I have lived basically all of my adult life as a foreigner, I no longer consider a single place as home”, says the father of a newborn son.

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