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Deadline for application: 10 October 2016
Faculty Position in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology (Astrobiology), University of Arizona

Training school registration: October 15th
Search for life: from early Earth to exoplanets

Deadline for application: 26 October 2016
Tenure track W2/W3 professorship in Experimental Planetology, University of Bayreuth

Application deadline: 31 October 2016
Open call with 14 positions on the Geo.X consortium

Application deadline: 31 October 2016
OREOcube research assistant position at Institute of Experimental Physics, Department of Physics, FU Berlin, Germany

Abstract deadline: 1 November 2016
Frontiers in Microbiology: Habitability Beyond Earth

Application deadline: 1 November 2016
Tenure-Track Faculty Position in Geobiology in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, McGill University

Deadline for poster abstracts: 7 November 2016
Academies’ Search for Life Workshop

Deadline for applications: 15 November 2016
The Institute of Molecular Biology, Mainz University, Germany is looking for Research Group Leaders

Deadline for application: 14 November 2016
Research Fellow in Planetary Science at University of St Andrews, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences

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.

Frontiers in Microbiology: Habitability Beyond Earth
In collaboration with the Extreme Microbiology section of Frontiers in Microbiology (impact factor 4.53), a Research Topic titled "Habitability Beyond Earth" will be hosted by Karen Olsson-Francis, Jean-Pierre de Vera, Daniela Billi, Andreas Teske.

Please find more information about the Research Topic below, including the publishing fees that apply. A homepage has been created on the Frontiers website, which defines the focus of the topic and where all published articles will appear.


Abstract deadline: 1st of November, 2016

Manuscript deadline: 1st of May, 2017
Annual EANA membership fee
Dear colleagues,

the annual EANA membership fee of 25,00 € for 2016 can be paid by bank transfer to the Swiss EANA account

European Exo/Astrobiology Association (EANA)
case postale
CH-3000 Bern 94
IBAN CH41 0023 5235 5972 8160 X

Please indicate your name and the year for which you want to pay the membership fees.
Some colleagues missed the opportunity last year(s) to pay in cash during the EANA WS or forgot to pay. However, you can still pay for the last years retrospectively, which is highly appreciated by EANA. I would like to remind you that the annual fee is not very high and helps us to organize the yearly EANA WS and to give travel grants to students and young scientists.
I recommend the bank transfer before the registration for this year’s EANA WS because then you can get a reduced registration fee. If it is very difficult for you to make a bank transfer you can still pay in cash during the EANA WS, however, this is not the preferred way of payment.

I hope to see you in Athens in September!

Best regards,

Dr. Petra Rettberg
EANA Treasurer

Monthly research highlight (-> More highlights)

Domagal-Goldman and Wright et al. (2016): The Astrobiology Primer v2.0

Astrobiology 2016, 16(8):561-653, doi:10.1089/ast.2015.1460

Link to open-access paper

Chapter 1. Introduction—What Is Astrobiology?
Chapter 2. What Is Life?
Chapter 3. How Did Earth and Its Biosphere Originate?
Chapter 4. How Have Earth and Its Biosphere Evolved?
Chapter 5. What Does Life on Earth Tell Us about Habitability?
Chapter 6. What Is Known about Potentially Habitable Worlds beyond Earth?
Chapter 7. What Are the Signs of Life (Biosignatures) That We Could Use to Look for Life beyond Earth?
Chapter 8. What Relevance Does Astrobiology Have to the Future of Life on This Planet?
Chapter 9. Resources
Conferences (-> Detailed Information)
EC and ESF projects of interest to astrobiology
European Astrobiology Campus (EAC)
TDP COST Action TD1308
FP7 AstRoMap
H2020 Eurocares
Documents, Publications, Initiatives
New Books
Jobs and opportunities

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