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EANA 2020 and BEACON 2020

Dear Members of the EANA Community,

The World Health Organization has assessed on March 11, 2020 that Coronavirus (COVID-19) can be characterised as a pandemic. As the outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to develop in Europe, it now becomes necessary for us to make additional decisions to further safeguard our EANA family and act as responsible and caring neighbours.
By balancing scientific and pragmatic reasoning with appropriate caution, the Bologna EANA Organising Committee in agreement with the EANA Executive Board regret to inform you that the EANA2020 annual conference scheduled for September 2020 will be cancelled. Similarly, EAI had to postpone the BEACON conference to spring 2021.

We thank you very much for your understanding.

Important Deadlines and News

Upcoming deadlines / important events
Deadline for Registration and abstract submission: 2020-06-30
Fifth Network of Researchers on the Chemical Evolution of Life (NoR CEL) Conference

Poster abstract submission deadline: 2020-05-25
Molecular Origins of Life, Munich (MOM) conference

Deadline for registration & abstract submission: 2020-05-15
XVIth Rencontres du Vietnam. "Planetary Science: The Young Solar System"

Application deadline: 2020-04-13
NASA JPL's 32nd Planetary Science Summer School!

Registration deadline: 2020-06-21
Molecular Origins of Life, Munich (MOM) conference

ESA announcement of opportunity for NASA MARS 2020 returned sample science - Participating Scientist
This Returned Sample Science Participating Scientist (RSS PS) AO of ESA seeks individuals whose addition to the mission's science team will enhance the value of the samples to be selected, characterized, and cached by the NASA Mars 2020 Rover. The selected investigators should anticipate the needs of future investigators who may analyse these samples for a very diverse range of studies in Earth‐based laboratories. Selected RSS PSs are expected to contribute collaboratively to any and all aspects of the surface science mission.

Deadline for mandatory LOI submission: 15 April 2020
Deadline for proposal submission, including letter of endorsement of financial support: 30 April 2020

Added 1 Apr 2020
AbGradEPEC and BEACON 2020 on La Palma Island


In April 2020, AbGradE will have a joint symposium/workshop with the Europlanet Early Career (EPEC) Network. The event will take place in the days immediately before the first BEACON conference and will offer young scientists a smooth entry into the new European Astrobiology Institute (EAI). Both the AbGradEPEC event and BEACON itself will take place at the La Palma & Teneguia Princess Hotel on La Palma Island (Canary Islands, Spain).

Added 21 Dec 2019
NASA Astrobiology Program FAQs
The NASA Astrobiology Program has announced a new programmatic infrastructure. Known as Research Coordination Networks (RCNs), and first deployed as the Nexus for Exoplanet System Science (NExSS), RCNs bring together researchers who are funded from a variety of sources into interdisciplinary, topically-focused research groups. By early 2020, the NASA Astrobiology Program will have activated five RCNs -- four new ones plus NExSS -- each organized around a key research topic identified in the 2015 Astrobiology Strategy: prebiotic chemistry and the early Earth; early metabolism, evolution, and complexity; life detection on other worlds; habitable worlds (initially focused on ocean worlds); and exoplanet system science.

This document contains answers to Frequently Asked Questions about the Astrobiology Program organized by topical areas.

Added 9 Nov 2018

Monthly research highlight (-> More highlights)

Thogersen et al. (2019): Light on windy nights on Mars: A study of saltation-mediated ionization of argon in a Mars-like atmosphere

Icarus 2019, 332, 14-18, DOI:10.1016/j.icarus.2019.06.025

Link to paper

Laboratory experiments show that sand grain saltation in a Mars-like environment can result in the ionization of argon. This suggests that saltation can be a mechanism for the destruction of methane (CH4) on Mars given the ionization energy of argon is higher than the energy required to ionize methane to a reactive cation. The ionization energy is also higher than the energy to dissociate methane to highly reactive species like CH3, CH2, and CH. The feasibility of capturing the resulting emission glow on a windy Martian night is discussed.
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