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  • “Prebiotic Chemistry in Space and Earth” Symposium at RSEQ meeting 2017
    2017-06-25 to 2017-06-29, Sitges (close to Barcelona), Spain

    In June 2017 the Spanish Royal Society of Chemistry (RSEQ) will organize its regular biennial meeting, which in this case will be held in Sitges (a beautiful beach village very close to Barcelona). The meeting is fully international (English will be the official language) and is based on the execution of different parallel symposia with the length of one day. Here is the link to the web page of the meeting.

    Dr. Marcelino Agúndez (Institute of Materials Science of Madrid, ICMM-CSIC) and Dr. Albert Rimola (Chemistry Department of University Autonomous of Barcelona, UAB), are in charge of the organisation of a symposium entitled “Prebiotic Chemistry in Space and Earth”. The objective of the symposium is to bring together scientists of the astrochemistry and prebiotic chemistry fields, which are very transversal as they involve astronomical observations, spectroscopy, gas-phase and surface chemistry, organic chemistry, systems chemistry, and molecular biology. With this e-mail we aim to announce this symposium and we cordially invite you to consider your attendance there. The exact day of the symposium will be 27th June 2017. Different invited speakers have already confirmed their attendance.

    Apart from the invited talks, there are slots for flash communications (5 minutes each) so that researchers from different fields can give a taste of their research. The symposium will be closed with a “party” poster session, where PhD students and young researchers can present their results. Moreover the registration fee is particularly cheap for students.

  • 2017 International Summer School in Astrobiology
    2017-06-25 to 2017-06-30, Santander, Spain

    The theme of this year’s International Summer School in Astrobiology is Exoplanet Habitability. With the discoveries of small planets orbiting nearby stars mounting and new characterization methods appearing, the discovery of life beyond the Solar System may occur in the near future. However, the challenges in recognizing habitable exoplanets, i.e. those with liquid water, remain significant. This school will bring together scientists interested in observational techniques that can probe terrestrial planet properties, as well as the physical processes that dictate planetary features such as planet formation, atmospheric phenomena, and geophysical effects.

  • International Symposium on Astronomy and Astrobiology Education: theory, methods, impacts and future directions
    2017-07-03 to 2017-07-08, Utrecht, Netherlands

    This international symposium, co-sponsored by the International Astronomical Union (IAU) and the European Astrobiology Campus (EAC, http://astrobiology-campus.eu/), is designed to bring education research in astronomy in general, and in astrobiology in particular, to the professional scientific community.
    Education has always played a large role in the field of astrobiology and in part this workshop is a follow-up of the successful International Workshop on Education in Astrobiology (IWEA) held in Höör, Sweden, in 2013 (http://www.nordicastrobiology.net/IWEA/). On the other hand, education research has seldom been the main subject in IAU events, yet the scientific results from this field have a great potential to improve the teaching and learning of astronomy for students of all ages. New results and research methodologies from the cognitive and learning sciences domains can, however, be of large influence on the work of educators but generally, professional astronomers are not fully aware of the results from astronomy education research.
    By this first meeting in astronomy education and by combining it with its growing subdiscipline astrobiology, we aim to strengthen both fields through cross teaching collaborations. The symposium is designed specifically to expand awareness of the results of the cognitive and learning sciences, as well as to provide a forum for active scholars in astronomy and astrobiology education.

    Invited talks will be given by international leaders in discipline-based astronomy education research and in astrobiology. Contributed talks are also solicited from astronomers and educators who have conducted studies in this field, and from all scientists working in astrobiology and with experience in teaching interdisciplinary subjects to various audiences. Outreach will be an important part of the symposium, with a full day devoted to outreach activities for teachers and the general public. The symposium will feature key speakers in:
    • State-of-the-art in astronomy and astrobiology education research
    • Content of astronomy teaching and popularisation in schools and culture
    • Innovations in research methodologies and instruments in school, museum, and planetarium learning
    • Analyses of astronomy successful evidence-based practice, materials, and programs
    • Astronomy research on leveraging new media and information systems for teaching and learning
    • Impact of the 2015 International Year of Light on astronomy education of astrobiology teaching in different institutions and different countries
    • Teaching astrobiology to a university multidisciplinary audience: opportunities and pitfalls
    • New assessment forms for multidisciplinary courses
    • Teaching astrobiology to young pupils (10-16 years)
    • How to present astrobiology lectures to general audiences
    • Future international cooperation in astrobiology teaching and training
    • Open discussions on innovative teaching and assessment methods
    Website: ISE2A.uu.nl

    Contact: ISE2A (at) uu.nl

  • Summer school "Formation of complex molecules in space and on planets - From interstellar clouds to life"
    2017-07-17 to 2017-07-22, Tartu, Estonia

    The course "Formation of complex molecules in space and on planets - From interstellar clouds to life" will take place from 17 to 22 July 2017 at the University of Tartu. It aims to give students an overview of the biochemical evolution in the universe from formation of the first molecules in interstellar clouds to the assembly of the first cells on Earth. The course consists of lectures and student-led discussions. Participants will also have the possibility to display their own research results in two poster sessions.The following subjects will be covered by the lectures:
    • Formation of the elements in space
    • Chemical processes in dark clouds, star-forming regions and protoplanetary disks
    • Atmospheric processes in rocky, gaseous planets and their satelites
    • Emergence of Homochirality
    • Formation of complx molecules in hydrothermal systems
    • From carbon molecules to biogenic activity
    • Assembly of first cells
    Participants will also have the possibility to display their own research results in a poster session. Furthermore, a half-day excursion to interesting sites in the area (Ice Age Museum, Lake Peipus) and aalk in Tartu are included as a social programme. The event is aimed for graduate (masters and Ph. D.) students and early career scientists (up to 8 years after their first Ph. D. in a related field) in fields relevant to astrochemistry and astrobiology. The event is open to applicants from all nationalities.

  • Summer school „Space missions: ground-based observations and science communication“
    2017-07-18 to 2017-07-28, Moletai Astronomical Observatory, Lithuania

    The aim of the course is to give participants a thorough, multidisciplinary introduction into space missions and the ground-based observations required by space mimaossions before and after launch, as well as an introduction to science communication. Participants will be given some hands-on experience with analysis of stellar chemical composition, detection of stellar variability and/or exoplanets using the Molėtai Astronomical Observatory telescopes (CCD photometry and high-resolution spectroscopy).

    The course is open to PhD and master students, early career scientists, and amateur astronomers.

    Activities of professional astronomers and amateur astronomers will be merged in order to achieve more understanding between groups. The level of the school is orientated to PhD students and early career scientists, however amateur astronomers will be provided with the additional scientific support during lectures and observations.
    • For selected participants from the European Economic Area (EEA) the participation will be fully covered and up to EUR 360,- for travel depending on the distance travelled will be reimbursed by EUROPLANET 2020.
    • Other selected participants will have to pay a participation fee of 600 EUR that includes accomodation, meals, excursions and local transportation.
    The school is organised by the European Commission HORIZON 2020 project EUROPLANET 2020 Research Infrastructure.

  • Summer school "Impacts and their role in the evolution of Life”
    2017-07-25 to 2017-08-03, Saaremaa, Estonia

    This school will give attendees a thorough introduction into impacts, impactors, and the role of impacts in the evolution of life.

    Apart from lectures, poster presentations, student-led discussions and excursions to geologically interesting sites several practical exercises including
    • Search for meteorite fragments
    • Microscopy of pollen in order to assess the ecological consequences of impacts
    • Petrographic microscopy of impactites
    • Electrometric and georadar mapping of impact sites
    • Excavation into the boundary layer between the ejecta blanket and the glacial till
    as well as excursions to other geologically interesting sites are planned.

    Bursaries are available for students and scientists from the Universities of Tartu, Turku, Tallinn, Vilnius, Porto, Utrecht, Bordeaux, Iceland, Stockholm and the Open University.

  • The Early History of Planetary Systems and Habitable Planets
    2017-08-08 to 2017-08-10, Tartu, Estonia

    The conference is planned and organized by students and young scientists in the field. It is planned as a joint project of the AbGradE network (Astrobiology Graduates in Europe) and the Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership “European Astrobiology Campus”.

    The meeting targets all related aspects of the subject and a broad range of contributions on formation and early development of planetary systems and particularly the habitable planets is expected, with links to other fields covered by astrobiology.
    A large number of bursaries are available for students and early career scientists (up to 8 years after their PhD) covering meals and accommodation during the entire meeting (evening August 7th, to morning August 11th).

    The closest airport (Tallinn Lennart Meri Airport) is served by direct flights to many European capitals and other destinations.
    Tartu offers a lot of different interesting sites including an old observatory (once housing the most powerful telescope in Europe) and an anatomical theatre as well as interesting museums. The Old City is in walking distance of the hotel and the course venue, offering nice evening strolls, cafes, and other places for informal interaction between participants.

    Abstract submission and registration: 2017-06-29

  • EANA 2017
    2017-08-14 to 2017-08-17, Aarhus, Denmark

    This years EANA conference will take place between August 14-17 2017 in Aarhus, Denmark.
    The preparations for the conference are well underway and among the many interesting and relevant topics for astrobiology, EANA17 emphasizes “Exoplanets”, a new and exciting field in the search for extraterrestrial life.

    Upon registration you will pay a conference fee depending on your EANA membership status and your academic level.

    We are looking forward to welcoming and hosting you for an inspiring conference.

    On behalf of the Local Organizing Committee for the EANA17 conference,

    Louise Børsen-Koch

  • SUMMER CAMP: "Deep History of Universe, the Earth and the Biosphere"
    2017-08-20 to 2017-08-26, Tuorla observatory, Kaarina, Finland

    The summer camp is primarily aimed for students interested in astrobiology and deep history of the world. The attendance is limited to 30 attendees, so early application/registration is advisable.
    There is no registration fee charged for participation in the lectures, but a small fee is required to cover the coffee breaks and the evening programmes. Fairly priced accommodation with full board is available at the cozy and comfortable Tuorla hostel (http://www.tuorlanmajatalo.fi/en). For registration and accommodation please see the registration page: http://timetrek2017.utu.fi/application.html.

    The course is organized jointly by the Turku University (www.utu.fi), the TimeTrek association (www.timetrek.fi), and the European Astrobiology Campus (http://astrobiology-campus.eu/).
    Students coming from the European Astrobiology Campus institutions (Universities of Turku, Stockholm, Tartu, Tallinn, Porto, Bordeaux, Vilnius, Utrecht, Iceland and the Open university, UK) may be entitled to waiver of the participation fees. Eligible and selected participants from EAC institutions may be entitled to a travel refund up to 360€.

  • COST Origins field training school: Early Earth and Life
    2017-08-21 to 2017-08-31, Karelia, Russia

    The COST Origins (http://life‐origins.com) working group on Early Earth and Life is holding a field training school to study ancient rocks of Archaean/Palaeoproterozoic times to investigate surface processes and biological activity in the Earth distant past. The emphasis will be on the rock record of Fennoscandia and, specifically, the lake Onego area of Karelia, Russia, that has preserved important aspects of Archaean/Palaeoproterozoic Earth history. The field school will be a mix of seminars to be held in St. Petersburg and Petrozavodsk and field investigations of well‐preserved rock successions in Karelia. The event is aimed at doctoral students and early career scientists in fields relevant to astrobiology and early Earth studies.

  • Fundamentals of Life in the Universe Symposium
    2017-08-31 to 2017-09-01, Groningen, The Netherlands

    The newly established Origins Center (http://www.origins-center.nl) in the Netherlands will be kicked off this summer during the Fundamentals of Life in the Universe Symposium.

    The origin of life, on Earth and elsewhere, is a topic that fascinates the public, and which is ideally suited to bring together scientists from various disciplines. On August 31st and September 1st, we organize a two-day symposium, covering a wide spectrum of topics, from planetary evolution to the fabrication of synthetic cells.
    1. The origin of the Earth and of life
    2. Predicting the evolution of life
    3. Building and directing life from molecule to biosphere
    4. Life in extraterrestrial environments
    5. Emergence and bridging of temporal and spatial scales
    Besides invited talks, the conference includes a keynote lecture by Ben Feringa (2016 Nobel laureate in chemistry), and a public lecture by Charley Lineweaver. We invite participants from the fields including chemistry, geosciences, biology, astronomy, and physics to submit abstracts for our poster sessions. The program also includes opportunities for cross-disciplinary networking.

  • 12th European Planetary Science Congress
    2017-09-17 to 2017-09-22, Riga, Latvia

  • European Mars Conference 2017 (EMC17)
    2017-09-22 to 2017-09-24, Innsbruck, Austria

  • 68th International Astronautical Congress 2017
    2017-09-25 to 2017-09-29, Adelaide, Australia

    The Congress multidisciplinary programme enables abstracts to draw inspiration from a wide range of topics and aspects to write their paper:
    • Science and Exploration
      Space Life Sciences; Microgravity; Space Exploration; Space Debris;Space Astronomy
    • Applications and Operations
      Earth observation; Space communication and navigation; Small Satellites; Integrated Applications
    • Technology
      Astrodynamics; Materials and Structures; Space Power; Space Propulsion
    • Infrastructure
      Space Systems; Space Transportation; Knowledge Management; Commercial Spaceflight Safety
    • Space and Society
      Space Education and Outreach; History of Astronautics; Business Innovation; Space Law
    Accepted abstracts will be either presented as oral presentations or interactive presentations, offering high visibility to their authors and opening the door to valuable feedback as well as new ideas and collaborations.

    Abstracts must be submitted online at www.iafastro.net. For guidance, the IAC2017 session list is available online:
    https://iafastro.directory/iac/browse/IAC-17/catalog-technical-programme

  • Geoscience for understanding habitability in the solar system and beyond
    2017-09-25 to 2017-09-29, Furnas, Azores, Portugal

    This conference will deal with fundamental issues of planetary habitability, i.e. the environmental conditions capable of sustaining life, and how interactions between the interior of a planet or a moon and its atmosphere and surface (including hydrosphere and biosphere) affect the habitability of the celestial body. It will address some hotly debated questions in the field including the following:
    • What effects do core and mantle have on evolution and habitability of planets?
    • What is the relation between (plate) tectonics and atmospheric evolution?
    • What role does the mantle overturn play in the evolution of the interior and atmosphere?
    • What is the role of the global carbon and water cycles herein?
    • What influence do comet and asteroid impacts exert on the evolution of the planet?
    • How does life interact with the evolution of Earth’s geosphere and atmosphere?
    • How can we use our knowledge of the solar system geophysics and habitability for exoplanets?
    The proposed interdisciplinary will encompass research on all the planets from the upper atmosphere to the deep interior relevant to their habitability. It aims to bring together scientists from all disciplines related to the field in order to discuss the above-mentioned issues.

  • Habitable Worlds 2017: A System Science Workshop
    2017-11-13 to 2017-11-17, Laramie, Wyoming

    Following the goals of NExSS to investigate the diversity of exoplanets and to learn how their history, geology, and climate interact to create the conditions for life, and corresponding biosignature detection, the workshop aims to address these questions:

    What does it mean to be habitable?
    What conditions are needed for habitability, and how do those conditions arise?
    What are the indicators of these conditions and their histories?
    How can we observe these indicators?

    Indication of interest deadline: 2017-07-06

  • IAU Astrobiology Meeting
    2017-11-26 to 2017-12-01, Coyhaique, Chile

  • International Academy of Astronautics: 21st Humans in Space Symposium
    2017-11-27 to 2017-11-30, Shenzhen, China
    Abstract submission deadline: 2017-08-31

  • SoCIA 2018: Social and Conceptual Issues in Astrobiology
    2018-04-13 to 2018-04-15, University of Nevada, Reno

    Announcing the second meeting of a new academic group devoted to the exploration of broad questions surrounding the search for life beyond Earth and the future of life in space. Our emphasis is on issues relevant to the underlying science, but that can’t be fully addressed by science alone. These range from social and ethical questions such as “What are our ethical obligations to alien life?” and “How can we leverage the popularity of astrobiology to improve science education?” to theoretical questions within science such as “What exactly is ‘life’ anyway?” and “What can be predicted about how extraterrestrial life might evolve and develop?” Our ultimate goals are to further research in these areas and provide a ready pool of experts to help organizations pursuing projects in space better think through the implications of their work. For more information, see the website from last year’s inaugural meeting: http://kcs098.wixsite.com/socia. Submit abstracts (300 word max) by August 15th to Kelly Smith: kcs(at)clemson.edu

    Abstract submission deadline: 2017-08-15