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First-stage proposal deadline: 9 September 2016
Postdoctoral Fellowship SCOL

Deadline for application: 25 September 2016
WE-Heraeus-Seminar "Exoplanets: Bridging the Gap between Theory and Observations"

Deadline for application: 30 September 2016
PhD positions in Astrobiology at DLR

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

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
Founding meeting of the DAbG
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)
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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
Expose-R2 back on Earth
In the excitement of watching Tim Peake, Yuri Malenchenko and Tim Kopra land on Earth on 18 June after 186 days in space, all attention was focused on the astronauts and their bumpy ride.
But also hitching a ride in the Soyuz capsule were 46 species of small organisms and more than 150 organic compounds. Their voyage was even more intense than the astronaut trio’s – these samples spent 18 months in space, bolted to the outside of the International Space Station.
This ‘Expose-R2’ is a miniature photochemistry laboratory that exposes samples to the harsh environment of space [...]

Read the full ESA article.

Monthly research highlight (-> More highlights)

van Heereveld et al. (2016): Assessment of the Forward Contamination Risk of Mars by Clean Room Isolates from Space-Craft Assembly Facilities through Aeolian Transport - a Model Study

OLEB 2016, 12pp, doi:10.1007/s11084-016-9515-0

Link to paper

The increasing number of missions to Mars also increases the risk of forward contamination. Consequently there is a need for effective protocols to ensure efficient protection of the Martian environment against terrestrial microbiota. Despite the fact of constructing sophisticated clean rooms for spacecraft assembly a 100 % avoidance of contamination appears to be impossible. Recent surveys of these facilities have identified a significant number of microbes belonging to a variety of taxonomic groups that survive the harsh conditions of clean rooms. These microbes may have a strong contamination potential, which needs to be investigate to apply efficient decontamination treatments. [...]
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