Exhibits & Programs

Origin and Evolution of Oceans: Understanding Our Planetary Life Support Systems

Single Cell Primordial Organism

Artist representations of a single-cell primordial organism, one of the earliest forms of life on Earth.

Tuesday, October 20 | 7 p.m. | PACCAR Theater (SOLD OUT)

Featured Speakers:
John Delaney: Professor of Oceanography, University of Washington and Jerome M. Paros Endowed Chair in Sensor Networks
Barry Dowsett: composer and co-founder of Soundrangers

Thanks to recent advances in science, we are beginning to understand how our universe started and to uncover the origins of life and the extreme environments that can support it. In an exciting blend of science and art, this evening highlights Dr. John Delaney, one of the world’s foremost experts on deep-sea volcanoes, who explores the hydrothermal activity that may have produced  life on primordial Earth.

He is joined by composer Barry Dowsett whose composition, “The Evolution of Carbon and Stardust,” extends these scientific observations through an artistic interpretation of music and video. Dowsett is one of eight composers participating in a world-premiere concert at Benaroya Hall on Nov. 7 called Origins: Life and the Universe. The speakers will be introduced by Dr. Glenna Burmer, composer and president of Burmer Music.


This event is sold out!

Seattle Astronomical Society (SAS) members get your complimentary promotional code from SAS.
University of Washington students with Student ID get complimentary tickets on site at any ticket booth.

Program made possible by Burmer Music, The Composition Lab and University of Washington Astrobiology Program and Department of Astronomy.

Girl with flowers in her hair using a microscope