Upcoming deadlines / important events
Application deadline: 7 December 2016
Postdoctoral researcher in the COSIMA project at University of Turku, Finland
Registration deadline: 7 December 2016
Chronology of the formation of the Solar System
Application deadline: 14 December 2016
Call for applications for post doctoral PSL fellowships in astrophysics at Paris Observatory
Application deadline: 16 December 2016
University of Oxford: Associate Professor positions in geophysics
Closing date for applications: 7 January 2017
University Lectureship in Exoplanetary Science
Abstract deadline: 14 January 2017
Astrobiology Introductory Course
Application deadline: 31 January 2017
Post-doctoral Researcher Position at the International Space Science Institute, Bern, Switzerland
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"
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
Winners of the 2016 EANA students contest Space Factor
Congratulations to Camilla Calabrese (1st prize), Felix M. Fuchs (2nd prize) and Hannes L. Pleyer (3rd prize)
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
Founding meeting of the DAbG
From Aug 31 to Sept 2, 2016, scientists from German-speaking countries and researchers from abroad, who work in Germany,
came together for the 1st Meeting of the German Astrobiological Society (DAbG).
The goal of the meeting was to move the foundation of the society further ahead and discuss scientific questions such as
the origin and evolution of life, habitability of planetary bodies, detection of biomarkers and life, and the quest for exoplanets.
The workshop was well received by the 71 attendees , a very respectable number for the
first such meeting and included a densely packed scientific program with lots of opportunity for discussions.
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.
- Academies’ Search for Life Workshop
5-6 December 2016 at Beckman Center in Irvine, California
- XIIe Rencontres du Vietnam, IAU International Conference on « Search for life: from early Earth to exoplanets »
12-16 December 2016 in Qhy Nonh, Vietnam
- *New* Winter school:
Chronology of the formation of the Solar System
12-17 February 2017 in Les Houches, France
- Astrobiology Introductory Course
5-11 March 2017 near Bordeaux, France
- International interdisciplinary workshop on: "Accretion, differentiation and early evolution of the terrestrial planets"
29 May - 3 June in Nice, France
- 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
- IAU Astrobiology Meeting
26 November - 1 December 2017 in Coyhaique, Chile
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