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Mars: Should we stay or should we go?

Event schedule details

Saturday 29 June

15.30-16.30

Event location details

V&A Lecture Theatre 

V&A

Mars is the ultimate adventure for our generation and generations to come. The journey to Mars is set to become one of the greatest design challenges of our era. It is a truly interdisciplinary enterprise that will require new thinking in subjects as diverse as engineering, manufacturing, agriculture and even anthropology. However, with its ability to combine different disciplines and its emphasis on the human experience, design will play a pivotal role in the process. But should we even be going there? In advance of the Design Museum’s autumn exhibition Moving to Mars, join Design Museum Chief Curator Justin McGuirk and Earth and Planetary Scientist Professor Sanjeev Gupta for a discussion about why, how, and even if, we should be starting life on another planet.

This is part of our ‘Ideas Exchange’ talks series. Take a look at the other talks in this series.


This event is free but booking is available to guarantee a place. Booking will open in June.

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Event categories

  • Adults
  • Talk