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Application deadline: 31 January 2017
Post-doctoral Researcher Position at the International Space Science Institute, Bern, Switzerland
Deadline for registration and abstract submission: 31 January 2017
Early Earth and ExoEarths: origin and evolution of life
Registration deadline: 31 January 2017
Building Habitable Worlds 3
Application deadline: February 6, 2017
Astrobiology Graduate Conference (AbGradCon)
Online Application Deadline: 12 February 2017.
2017 NASA Space Radiation Summer School
Abstract deadline: 28 February 2017
International interdisciplinary workshop on: "Accretion, differentiation and early evolution of the terrestrial planets"
Deadline for application: 24th of March 2017
Two PhD positions available at the Microbiology Unit in SCK-CEN, Mol, Belgium
Application deadline: 31 March 2017
Europlanet Transnational Access (TA) funding
Abstract deadline: 1 April 2017
International Symposium on Astronomy and Astrobiology Education: theory, methods, impacts and future directions
All lectures of the « Search for life: from early Earth to Exoplanets » conference and training school, which took place in Quy Nhonhon december 9-16th, are now online available at http://rencontresduvietnam.org/conferences/2016/search-for-life/program/.
Announcement: New Europlanet Transnational Access (TA) Call
The next deadline for Transnational Access (TA) applications is Friday 31st March 2017.
It is strongly advised to make contact with staff of the proposed host facility to ensure that proposals are viable and/or choosing the optimal facility for the proposed research before submission. Please see the website for further information.
The Europlanet Team
Schulze-Makuch and Guinan (2016): Another Earth 2.0? Not So Fast
Astrobiology 2016, 16(11):817-821, doi:10.1089/ast.2016.1584
Link to paper
The number of confirmed exoplanets now exceeds 3000, with an additional nearly 5000 exoplanet candidates awaiting
confirmation in the NASA Exoplanet Archive (2016). Nearly weekly we hear about the detection of a new exoplanet similar
in mass to Earth and located in the so-called habitable zone around its host star. The excitement is understandable
given our desire to find a second Earth. However, the excitement should not lead to an over-interpretation of the findings,
because the claim can only be to have some crude similarity to Earth based on a few selected geophysical parameters.
Only a very small fraction of these planets will actually be Earth-like. Earth-like would imply multiple environmental
habitats and presence of a sizable biosphere and complex ecosystems, without which Earth, as we experience it, would not exist.
Thus, it should be clearly communicated to the public that we are probably still many years away from having the technological
capability to detect an Earth-like planet or Earth 2.0 with adequate certainty.
- Winter school:
Chronology of the formation of the Solar System
12-17 February 2017 in Les Houches, France
- Building Habitable Worlds 3
21 February 2017 in Edinburgh, UK
Formation of the Solar System and the Origin of Life
20-24 February 2017 in Leiden, the Netherlands
- Astrobiology Introductory Course
5-11 March 2017 near Bordeaux, France
- Diversity of planetary circulation regimes, in our solar system and beyond
6-10 March 2017 in Les Houches, France
- Early Earth and ExoEarths: origin and evolution of life
3-7 April in Warsaw, Poland
- International interdisciplinary workshop on: "Accretion, differentiation and early evolution of the terrestrial planets"
29 May - 3 June in Nice, France
- *New* Astrobiology Graduate Conference (AbGradCon) and Proposal Writing Retreat (PWR)
2-9 June 2017 in Green Bank Observatory, Green Bank, WV and Charlottesville, VA.
- Earth's Cryosphere: Past, Present and Future
4-8 June 2017 in Pushchino, Russia
- 2017 NASA Space Radiation Summer School
5 to 23 June 2017 in Long Island, New York
- Global Space Exploration Conference (GLEX 2017)
6-8 June 2017 in Beijing
- International Symposium on Astronomy and Astrobiology Education: theory, methods, impacts and future directions
3-8 July 2017 in Utrecht, Netherlands
- *New* 12th European Planetary Science Congress
17-22 September 2017 in Riga, Latvia
- IAU Astrobiology Meeting
26 November - 1 December 2017 in Coyhaique, Chile
- International Academy of Astronautics: 21st Humans in Space Symposium
27 to 30 November in Shenzhen, China
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