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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

Abstract submission: 2024-01-31
Society for Social and Conceptual Issues in Astrobiology (SSoCIA)

Registration Deadline: 2024-01-16
RED School 2024

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

Join ESA's SciSpacE Facility Definition Teams (FDTs)

ESA´s " Science in Space Environment " (SciSpacE) activities - which are part of ESA´s Terrae Novae exploration programme - include scientific activities on research platforms such as ground-based space analogues, low Earth orbit and beyond low Earth orbit. The SciSpacE activities cover science in the domains of Life Sciences (Health and Biology), Planetary Sciences and Physical Sciences, with an emphasis on scientific excellence, space exploration research, and innovation.

The objective of this ​​Call is to solicit participation of scientists to form (Science) Facility Definition Teams (FDTs) to support:
- upcoming science requirement definition, feasibility and development studies with a focus on Low Earth Orbit (Link)
- upcoming feasibility and development studies with a focus on lunar Gateway and Moon surface destinations (Link)

Final submission date: 8 October, 2023 (23:59 CEST)

Added 26 Sep 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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