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Application closing date: 2021-01-15
Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Biogeochemical Modelling

Application Closing Date: 2021-01-31
Postdoctoral position in Exoplanet Atmospheres

Application Closing Date: 2021-01-20
2 Postdoc positions and 1 PhD position at Utrecht University and the Netherlands Institute for Sea Research

Application Deadline: 2021-03-15
Astrobiology Graduate Conference (AbGradCon) 2021

Abstract Deadline: 2021-01-25
VAAM conference 2021

Early Registration Deadline: 2021-03-31
EGU General Assembly 2021 (vEGU21: Gather Online)

Call for Papers in Frontiers in Space Technology
Manuscripts on the Research Topic of Technologies for handling, preparation, and liquid-based analysis of fluidic samples in space can be submitted to Frontiers in Space Technologies - Microgravity.

Submission Deadlines
12 February 2021: Abstract
12 June 2021: Manuscript

Topic Editors: Florian Kehl, Luis Zea, Alberto Fairén, Kathryn Bywaters, and Timothy Granata

Added 6 Jan 2021
ERC Consolidator Grant in Astrobiology
We are happy to announce that our Co-Vice President Tetyana Milojevic has been awarded an ERC consolidator Grant for her project entitled:
"Biogenicity of Martian Materials: critical assessment of biosignatures based on chemolithoautotrophic interactions".

We warmly congratulate her on her successful application.

Added 6 Jan 2021
New Year's Message from the President
It's my great pleasure and privilege to wish you on behalf of EANA all the best for 2021, for you and your family. Hoping the bad days are behind us.

This year 2021 it is 20 years ago that EANA was founded.
A reason to look back and reflect on European Astrobiology Network, but also to celebrate and look forward!


Therefore, as key points of the coming years, we are looking forward to meet all of you in September 2021 at the EANA annual meeting to celebrate 20th year of EANA. Our Portuguese colleagues are working hard to prepare an exceptional "online" meeting!

Celebrate 20 years of EANA with us, encourage and sponsor other commemorative events in your country!

Dedicated to the 20th anniversary of EANA this year we will have the EANA21 Outstanding Paper Award. We are looking forward to receive your best Astrobiology papers!!

A special issue of the International Journal of Astrobiology on Open Questions and Next Steps in Astrobiology in Europe, will also celebrate 20 years of EANA. All EANA members are invited to submit original manuscripts!

On this 20th anniversary, I think about how valuable EANA has been to me and to so many astrobiologists in helping to build connections with other astrobiologists from across Europe and outside Europe, who shared enthusiasm for science, passion for astrobiology, common sense and values. In today's changing world a society as EANA with strong sense of community and committed members is needed more than ever.

With warm wishes for a magnificent 2021,

Barbara Cavalazzi
President of EANA

Added 4 Jan 2021
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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