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EANA 2020 - Virtual conference

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the planned EANA meeting in Bologna had to be postponed to another year. Instead, a shortened virtual meeting was organized to connect the European Astrobiology community, with a vivid and interactive programme for two half days on 27th and 28th August, 2020.

The virtual meeting consisted of selected keynote presentations, a live panel discussion, our well-known Space Factor student contest, as well as poster presentations.

EANA 2020 was organized by the EANA Executive Board (Barbara Cavalazzi, Frances Westall, Tetyana Milojevic, Kai Finster, Ruth-Sophie Taubner, Lena Noack). For any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us via eana-web (at)

Access to virtual EANA 2020
While the restricted content of EANA 2020 is now not available anymore, we are pleased to say that our keynote lecturers agreed to keep their talks available on the EANA conference webpage.

All times refer to the CEST time zone.

TimeThursday, 27/08
09:00 - 13:00EANA Council Meeting
13:00 - 13:45Break
13:45 - 14:00Log-in to Webex service (an invitation was sent to all participants via e-mail)
14:00 - 14:30Welcoming Words (EANA President)
14:30 - 17:30Space Factor Contest
17:30 - 17:45Break
17:45 - 18:30Keynote Talk: Lisa Kaltenegger, Searching for Habitable Worlds: Challenges, Opportunities & Ideas
18:30 - 19:00Break
19:00 - 20:30Panel Discussion on Scientific, Social and Political Aspects of Space Exploration

TimeFriday, 28/08
09:00 - 09:45Keynote Talk: Charles Cockell, Habitability and the search for life
09:45 - 11:45Virtual Poster Session
11:45 - 12:30Keynote Talk: Kristina Beblo-Vranesevic, Microbial Life in extreme environments
12:30 - 12:45Award Ceremony (Space Factor contest and poster contest)
12:45 - 13:00Closing Words (EANA President)

This year’s AbGradE event was also held online. Virtual AbGradE 2020 took place on 26th of August, i.e. the day before the EANA meeting. In case of questions please write an e-mail to