Upcoming deadlines / important events
Letter of Intent: 9 May 2016
Announcement of opportunity for new science ideas in ESA's science programme
Deadline for call: 15th of May 2016
Call 2 for EPN2020 Exchange program
Deadline for registration: 31 May 2016
ESA Closed Habitats Forum - Where Earth and space team up to build the future
Application deadline: 31 July 2016
ISSI: Two Post-Doctoral Positions
Deadline for application: September 25, 2016
WE-Heraeus-Seminar "Exoplanets: Bridging the Gap between Theory and Observations"
The main objective of this Exchange Program is to support the activities of EPN2020. The programme will provide funding for short visits (up to one week) with the goal of improving infrastructure facilities and services offered to the scientific community by the EPN2020 participant (contractor) laboratories or institutes. Main objectives include:
Support and engage young scientists with the European planetary science community;
Support exchange and foster cooperation between academia and industry (SMEs);
Support the inclusion of amateur communities in European planetary science campaigns;
Support the activities of EPN2020 with exchange of experts
Eligible persons are those working for the improvement of the European infrastructure and either working in a EPN2020 Participant institute/lab, or visiting a EPN2020 participating institute/lab.
- Support the integration of the inclusiveness states with the European planetary community;
Deadline for the call is 15th of May 2016 and visits to be done before 30th of September 2016.
will bring together experts on exoplanet research to present a comprehensive overview about exoplanet research and to discuss future developments.|
The Seminar will be held from November 28 to December 1, 2016, in the Physikzentrum Bad Honnef, in the city of Bad Honnef, south of Bonn, Germany.
The target audience are young researchers working in the field of extrasolar planets at an early career stage, i.e., PhD students or postdoctoral researchers doing their first or second postdoc.
Deadline for application: September 25, 2016
Interested participants, please, send an email with your full name, affiliation, career stage and a short abstract (max. half a page) of your poster to the organizers before the deadline:
Ansgar Reiners, ansgar.reiners (at) phys.uni-goettingen.de
Juan Cabrera, firstname.lastname@example.org
The WE-Heraeus Foundation will inform applicants about their acceptance shortly after the deadline.
New director of the National Astrobiology Institute
The European Astrobiology Network Association (EANA) warmly congratulates a close colleague and friend, Dr. Penelope (Penny) Boston, as the new director of the National Astrobiology Institute (NAI) of the United States.
Penny follows Dr. Carl Pilcher who headed the NAI, started under the leadership of Prof. Baruch Blumberg, for many years. We take this opportunity to thank Carl for his continued support of EANA through the years.
Prior to joining NASA, Penny Boston founded and directed the Cave and Karst Studies Program in 2002 at New Mexico Tech, Socorro, New Mexico, where she also served as a professor and led their Earth and environmental sciences department as chair. She also served from 2002 to 2016 as associate director of the National Cave and Karst Research Institute, a congressionally mandated institute in Carlsbad, New Mexico. Penny Boston holds Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science degrees and a Ph.D. from the University of Colorado Boulder.
We look forward to a long and fruitful cooperation with Dr. Boston and the NAI.
Through this Call the Director of Science solicits from the broad scientific community proposals for the competitive selection of new "Science Ideas", to be investigated in terms of feasibility and needed technology developments.|
Interested parties planning to submit a proposal are required, as indicated below, to send a mandatory Letter of Intent by 9 May.
The conference webpage for EANA16 (27-30. September 2016 in Athens, Greece) is now available.
European Astrobiology Campus (EAC)
The EAC is an Erasmus+ Strategic partnership project to provide broad and comprehensive multidisciplinary education in astrobiology
through the provision of dedicated intensive courses for students from 12 partner universities and science education organizations.
EAC will also train lecturers drawn from all over Europe to provide broad and comprehensive multidisciplinary education in astrobiology
and deliver material publicizing astrobiology to wider public audiences.
Origins and evolution of life on Earth and in the Universe (ORIGINS)
EANA is participating in the FP7 project
Heller and Pudritz (2016): The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence in Earth's Solar Transit Zone
Astrobiology 2016, 16(4), 259-270; doi:10.1089/ast.2015.1358
Link to paper
Over the past few years, astronomers have detected thousands of planets and candidate planets by observing their periodic transits in front of their host stars. A related method, called transit spectroscopy, might soon allow studies of the chemical imprints of life in extrasolar planetary atmospheres. Here, we address the reciprocal question, namely, from where is Earth detectable by extrasolar observers using similar methods. We explore Earth's transit zone (ETZ), the projection of a band around Earth's ecliptic onto the celestial plane, where observers can detect Earth transits across the Sun. ETZ is between 0.520° and 0.537° wide due to the noncircular Earth orbit. The restricted Earth transit zone (rETZ), where Earth transits the Sun less than 0.5 solar radii from its center, is about 0.262° wide. [...]
- Biosignature Preservation and Detection in Mars Analog Environments conference
16 - 19 May 2016 at the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe, US
- The Humans to Mars Summit 2016
17 - 19 May 2016, The George Washington University, Washinton D.C., USA
- Brave New Worlds: Understanding the Planets of other Stars
29 May - 3 June 2016, Villa del Grumello, Como, Italy
- 2016 Vatican Observatory Summer School (VOSS) in Astrophysics on Water in the Solar System and Beyond
29 May - 24 June 2016 in Rome, Italy
- ESA / ISGP / CNES Joint Life Sciences Meeting 2016
5-10 June 2016 in Toulouse, France
- 2016 NASA Space Radiation Summer School
6-24 June 2016 at the Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) in Long Island, New York
- MELiSSA workshop
8-9 June 2016 in Lausanne, Switzerland
- ESA Closed Habitats Forum - Where Earth and space team up to build the future
9-10 June 2016 in at Lausanne University (UNIL), Switzerland
- EURO-CARES WP2 Meeting & Workshop
14-16 June 2016 in Firenze, Italy
- Atomistic simulations in prebiotic chemistry - a dialog between experiment and theory
20-22 June 2016 at UPMC Jussieu Campus, Paris, France
- Josep Comas i Sola International Summer School in Astrobiology
20-24 June 2016 in Santander, Spain, on
Earth Analog Environments and the Search for Life Beyond the Earth.
- Goldschmidt conference 2016
26 June - 1 July 2016 in Yokohama, Japan
- Summer school „Biosignatures and the search for life on Mars“
4 - 16 July 2016, Iceland
- Research Focus Group (RFG)
22-24 July 2016 at Estes Park, Colorado
24-27 July 2016 at Univ. of Colorado
- Exoplanet Biosignatures Workshop Without Walls
27-29 July 2016 in Seattle, WA
- 41st Scientific Assembly of the Committee on Space Research (COSPAR 2016)
30 July - 7 August 2016 in Istanbul, Turkey
- Summer course "Volcanism, Plate Tectonics, Hydrothermal Vents and Life"
23 August - 1 September 2016 in Angra do Heroismo, Azores, Portugal
- SoCIA 2016: An Interdisciplinary Workshop on Social and Conceptual Issues in Astrobiology
24-25 September 2016 in Clemson, SC, USA
- AbGradE Symposium 2016
25 - 27 September 2016 in Athens, Greece
- 67th International Astronautical Congress
26 - 30 September 2016 in Guadalajara, Mexico
- EANA 2016
27 - 30 September 2016 in Athens, Greece
- Joint DPS-EPSC Meeting
16-21 October 2016 in Pasadena, CA, USA
- 3rd NoR HGT & LUCA conference: The landscape of the emergence of life
3-4 November 2016 at the Open University, UK
- WE-Heraeus-Seminar "Exoplanets: Bridging the Gap between Theory and Observations"
28 November - 1 December 2016 in Bad Honnef, Germany
- XIIe Rencontres du Vietnam, IAU International Conference on « Search for life: from early Earth to exoplanets »
12-16 December 2016 in Qhy Nonh, Vietnam
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