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Application deadline: 2020-11-30
2-year Postdoc position in Spectroscopy at Aarhus University

Application deadline: 2020-12-09
Post-Doc position at University of Rome Tor Vergata on "Simulation of reflectance biosignatures from exoplanetary surfaces"

Call for Applications A.Y. 2020/2021
The University of Bologna offers a professional Master programme in Space missions science, design and applications. The SPICES Master’s degree provides an innovative programme of advanced coursework and practical learning experiences with a focus on space missions and satellite data analysis for scientific and industrial applications.

The first phase of the Master’s programme consists of 360 hours of coursework and seminars provided in English. In the second phase, participants will gain real-world experience during a 600 hours internship with space agencies, research bodies, industries and private companies operating in the space sector and that are official partners of the SPICES Master’s programme.

Deadline for application: Dec 09, 2020

Added 23 Nov 2020
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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Irwin and Schulze-Makuch (2020): The Astrobiology of Alien Worlds: Known and Unknown Forms of Life

Universe 2020, 6(9), 130, DOI:10.3390/universe6090130

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Most definitions of life assume that, at a minimum, life is a physical form of matter distinct from its environment at a lower state of entropy than its surroundings, using energy from the environment for internal maintenance and activity, and capable of autonomous reproduction. These assumptions cover all of life as we know it, though more exotic entities can be envisioned, including organic forms with novel biochemistries, dynamic inorganic matter, and self-replicating machines. The probability that any particular form of life will be found on another planetary body depends on the nature and history of that alien world. So the biospheres would likely be very different on a rocky planet with an ice-covered global ocean, a barren planet devoid of surface liquid, a frigid world with abundant liquid hydrocarbons, on a rogue planet independent of a host star, on a tidally locked planet, on super-Earths, or in long-lived clouds in dense atmospheres. While life at least in microbial form is probably pervasive if rare throughout the Universe, and technologically advanced life is likely much rarer, the chance that an alternative form of life, though not intelligent life, could exist and be detected within our Solar System is a distinct possibility.
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