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Virtual EANA 2020
Dear Colleagues, Dear Astrobiologists, Dear Friends,

As we end today's event, I would like to thank you all for joining our first Virtual EANA2020 conference. Your presence today shows a strong commitment to our network and confirms the role of EANA for astrobiology in Europe.
In particular I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the panelists and keynote speakers for sharing their knowledge, thinking and expertise with us, and all of you to share your research and ideas. I took note with a great interest of all your valuable interventions.
I would like to thank the Executive Council Meeting members for making this event possible.
And I would like to thank all of you for your active participation and open dialogue. I look forward to continuing, beyond this event, the very stimulating and instructive exchange of ideas we had in the last two days. I trust that you all will take home further inspiration on how to foster astrobiology in Europe and around the world. I certainly will. Thank you and see you at the EANA2021 in Porto!

Continue to support EANA!

Barbara Cavalazzi
President of EANA

Added 28 Aug 2020

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Heller (2020): Habitability is a continuous property of nature

Nature Astronomy 2020, 4, 294–295, DOI:10.1038/s41550-020-1063-x

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Response to "Habitability is a binary property" by Charles S. Cockell, Adam H. Stevens and R. Prescott

Nature Astronomy 2019, 3, 956–957, DOI:10.1038/s41550-019-0916-7

In their recent Comment, Cockell et al. argue that the habitability of an environment is fundamentally a binary property; that is to say, an environment can either support the metabolic processes of a given organism or not. The habitability of different environments, they argue, may have different degrees that could be determined at least in theory by answering the question: 'is this environment habitable to a given organism?' 'More' or 'less' habitable environments could then be related by the number of yes or no answers given to what is fundamentally a series of binary questions and decisions.
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