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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

Astrobiology conference: links to recorded lectures
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
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

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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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