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Latest Starting Date: 2023-11-01
Post Doctoral fellowship at (IMPMC, Sorbonne University, CNRS & MNHN)

COMING SOON: 2023-10-15
3-year Post-Doc position." Multi-omic characterization of Antarctic Cryptoendolithic communities as proxy for searching life on Mars"

In-person registration: 2024-03-15
Kavli-IAU Symposium (IAUS 387): Kavli-IAU Symposium (IAUS 387): (Toward) Discovery of Life Beyond Earth and its Impact

Virtual registration: 2024-03-31
Kavli-IAU Symposium (IAUS 387): Kavli-IAU Symposium (IAUS 387): (Toward) Discovery of Life Beyond Earth and its Impact

Travel grants: 2023-11-01
Kavli-IAU Symposium (IAUS 387): Kavli-IAU Symposium (IAUS 387): (Toward) Discovery of Life Beyond Earth and its Impact

EANA 2023 Conference

This is the first regular, in-person EANA meeting after the Covid-19 pandemic. And after 20 years we meet again in Madrid, an international city with a fascinating interesting history and glamour. This workshop will connect the European Astrobiology community and the Space community (technical and scientific fields), with a vivid and interactive programme for 3 and a half days, from 19th to 22nd September 2023.

Abstract submission deadline: 22 June 2023, 13:00 CEST

Added 7 Jun 2023
Announcement of opportunity for membership of the Science Strategy Teams of the JAXA Martian Moons eXploration (MMX) Mission
Through this Announcement of Opportunity (AO) the European Space Agency (ESA) solicits proposals for membership of the Martian Moons eXploration (MMX) mission Science Strategy Teams.
The Martian Moons eXploration (MMX) mission is a JAXA-led mission that will fly to Mars orbit to investigate Phobos and Deimos, and will sample > 10 g of material from the surface of Phobos for return to Earth for scientific analysis.
The MMX mission is scheduled for launch in September 2024.

Proposals in PDF format must be submitted using the submission form linked below, before the deadline of 22 March 2023, 12:00 (noon) CET.

Added 5 Mar 2023
Join the IAF-CSA Space Universities CubeSat Challenge 2.0 and win a free launch of a CubeSat!
The International Astronautical Federation (IAF) and its Space University Administrative Committee (SUAC) in cooperation with the Chinese Society of Astronautics (CSA) are pleased to announce the second edition of the Space Universities CubeSat Challenge (SUCC 2.0) for a Free Launch of a CubeSat aboard a Chinese launcher and deployment from Chinese Space Station!

Applications must be submitted to IAF at by 15 June 2023 (documents must be in English).

Added 5 Mar 2023
EANA Special Issue is now published
Special Issue: Open Questions and Next Steps in Astrobiology in Europe - Celebrating 20 Years of EANA

Added 25 Oct 2022
Statement of Support for Ukraine
The EANA community deeply deplores the present war in the Ukraine and offers its heartfelt moral support to the Ukrainian people. We are lucky to work in a world where science transcends frontiers and brings scientists from different countries together for peaceful research. We reach out also to our Russian colleagues who are as negatively influenced by these events as we Europeans (and, in general, the international community). We therefore call on all scientists and EANA members to support the Ukrainian people, our colleagues in the east, and free science, hoping for a rapid return to peaceful conditions on our shared continent.

Please also see the statement published by the Europlanet Society, with whom we will jointly organize our annual meeting (see EANA@EPSC2022) this year, with links to different European support schemes for our Ukrainian colleagues and friends.

Added 3 Mar 2022

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Elsaesser et al. (2023): Future space experiment platforms for astrobiology and astrochemistry research

npj Microgravity 2023, 9, 43, DOI:10.1038/s41526-023-00292-1

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Space experiments are a technically challenging but a scientifically important part of astrobiology and astrochemistry research. The International Space Station (ISS) is an excellent example of a highly successful and long-lasting research platform for experiments in space, that has provided a wealth of scientific data over the last two decades. However, future space platforms present new opportunities to conduct experiments with the potential to address key topics in astrobiology and astrochemistry. In this perspective, the European Space Agency (ESA) Topical Team Astrobiology and Astrochemistry (with feedback from the wider scientific community) identifies a number of key topics and summarizes the 2021 "ESA SciSpacE Science Community White Paper" for astrobiology and astrochemistry. We highlight recommendations for the development and implementation of future experiments, discuss types of in situ measurements, experimental parameters, exposure scenarios and orbits, and identify knowledge gaps and how to advance scientific utilization of future space-exposure platforms that are either currently under development or in an advanced planning stage. In addition to the ISS, these platforms include CubeSats and SmallSats, as well as larger platforms such as the Lunar Orbital Gateway. We also provide an outlook for in situ experiments on the Moon and Mars, and welcome new possibilities to support the search for exoplanets and potential biosignatures within and beyond our solar system.
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