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Abstract submission deadline: 2017-08-31
International Academy of Astronautics: 21st Humans in Space Symposium

Indication of interest deadline: 2017-07-06
Habitable Worlds 2017: A System Science Workshop

Abstract submission and registration: 2017-06-29
The Early History of Planetary Systems and Habitable Planets

Abstract submission deadline: 2017-08-15
SoCIA 2018: Social and Conceptual Issues in Astrobiology

MASE Newsletter
The MASE - Mars Analogues for Space Exploration Newsletter, April 2017, is now available for download.

Added 21 Apr 2017
Open call for experiments on the AMADEE-18 Mars Analog Mission in Oman
Simulating Mars human-robotic surface activities in terrestrial analogs has evolved into an efficient tool for developing exploration mission architectures. These simulations seek to understand the advantages and limitations of future human planetary missions, add value for the development of remote science operations, and help to understand the constraints and opportunities of the technology and workflows.
After 11 previous international Mars analog mission simulations, the Austrian Space Forum has established a field campaign infrastructure and associated workflows in the field of human-robotic mission simulations. The next major international Mars exploration simulation is planned to be in the South of Oman (February 2018) with the collaboration of the Oman National Steering Committee. There is an open call for experiment proposals for this mission in the fields of robotics, geosciences, operations, human factors and astrobiology emulating the search for life on Mars.

Submissions of proposals MUST reach the Austrian Space Forum office ( via Email not later than 30 June 2017 in electronic form.

For more information about the open call, please visit

Added 10 Mar 2017
EANA 2017 Aarhus

Dear fellow Astrobiologists,

A warm welcome to you all to come to EANA17.

The conference will take place 14-17 August, 2017 in Aarhus, Denmark. Among the many interesting and relevant topics for astrobiology, EANA17 emphasizes “Exoplanets”, a new and exciting field in the search for extraterrestrial life.

We are looking forward to seeing you all in Aarhus in August for an inspiring conference!

Professor Kai Finster
Kai.Finster (at)

Added 26 Jan 2017
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

Added 21 Jan 2017

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Gebauer et al. (2017): Evolution of Earth-like Extrasolar Planetary Atmospheres: Assessing the Atmospheres and Biospheres of Early Earth Analog Planets with a Coupled Atmosphere Biogeochemical Model

Astrobiology 2017, 17(1), 27-54, DOI:10.1089/ast.2015.1384

Link to paper
Understanding the evolution of Earth and potentially habitable Earth-like worlds is essential to fathom our origin in the Universe. The search for Earth-like planets in the habitable zone and investigation of their atmospheres with climate and photochemical models is a central focus in exoplanetary science. Taking the evolution of Earth as a reference for Earth-like planets, a central scientific goal is to understand what the interactions were between atmosphere, geology, and biology on early Earth. The Great Oxidation Event in Earth’s history was certainly caused by their interplay, but the origin and controlling processes of this occurrence are not well understood, the study of which will require interdisciplinary, coupled models. In this work, we present results from our newly developed Coupled Atmosphere Biogeochemistry model in which atmospheric O2 concentrations are fixed to values inferred by geological evidence. [...]
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