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Application deadline: 7 December 2016
Postdoctoral researcher in the COSIMA project at University of Turku, Finland

Registration deadline: 7 December 2016
Winter school: 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
Dear all,
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.
Kind regards
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.

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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

Abstract: 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.
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