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Abstract Submission Deadline: 2023-02-28
74rd International Astronautical Congress (IAC 2023)

Registration and accommodation booking deadline: 2023-03-01
Biennial European Astrobiology Conference (BEACON)

Registration Deadline: 2023-03-01
AbGradEPEC 2023

EANA 2023 Conference

This is the first regular, in-person EANA meeting after the Covid-19 pandemic. And after 20 years we meet again in Madrid, an international city with a fascinating interesting history and glamour. This workshop will connect the European Astrobiology community and the Space community (technical and scientific fields), with a vivid and interactive programme for 3 and a half days, from 19th to 22nd September 2023.

Added 17 Dec 2022
Season's Greetings
Dear EANA-family, friends and associates,

Before the end of this year I would like to thank you for all your great contributions and support the last year and even the last years of difficult pandemic situation. As your new president I would like to tell you, that I am also very grateful to Barbara Cavalazzi as our previous president during the last three years. She did a challenging and difficult job during the Covid pandemic and directed EANA with courage and innovation spirit. New online platforms and cooperation networks were built allowing even remote participation to the conferences and meetings supported by the previous executive board team and council.
But the near future is still challenging, if we are taking into consideration the still existing actually decreasing pandemic situation, but in addition the still existing climate change problems, the geopolitical crisis and wars as well as inflation and energy crisis. These are not easy times, but I am confident that all together we will face the problems and try to find solutions to do our best that the spirit of EANA will not be lost and could also positively contribute to the society relevant challenges.
One of the solutions to guide EANA into a still promising future could be possible through our committee's strategy. According to my proposed agenda for the next three years I would like to guide EANA in a new future of cooperation work, growing the community, allowing more close relations to the different national and international Astrobiology Societies ( such as EAI, Europlanet, ISSOL,…), keeping EANA also still in its friendly environment with family character, supporting the young generation (bachelor, master, PhD and PostDoc), including other disciplines from the philosophical, social sciences and engineering area to the still existing disciplines of science and to keep EANA still close to the space agencies such as ESA, NASA, JAXA and others. To realize these steps, I have an excellent team beside me such as the two vice-presidents Rosa de la Torre and Lena Noack, the two Secretaries Ruth-Sophie Taubner and Séverine Robert as well as our treasurer Frédéric Foucher, the advisors and honorary presidents Frances Westall and Barbara Cavalazzi and not to forget all of you, the active EANA members. I count on you!

Here some good news I would like to let you know: we make significant progress in our preparation of the next EANA-Conference in Madrid 2023. Rosa and the local and scientific organization team have realized an excellent and promising program (for more details please check and the soon prepared website for accommodation and payment issues). The main theme of EANA 23 will be: Planetary Missions and Habitability, with sessions like:
  • Astrochemistry
  • Planetary Habitability
  • Prebiotic Chemistry and the Origin of Life
  • Life Sciences and Extremophiles
  • Space Missions and Space Instrumentation
  • Biosignatures and Biogeology
  • Bioethics
  • Exoplanets
In reference to the session “space missions and space instrumentation” I expect also to attract more engineers, industries and mission operation people to join our community.
I am looking forward to this event to see many of you face to face.

Part of the good news is also the positive outcome of the last ministerial conference where we were happy that ESA-missions such as ExoMars, Mars2020 and Moon-related missions are still in the loop to be realized. Because many of our EANA members are directly involved in these missions, it is really a great achievement and we could congratulate the decision makers and the involved mission people for this success.

Finally I would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and happy Chanukah as well as a healthy, happy and successful year 2023.

I am happy to see you next year at latest in Madrid

Added 22 Dec 2022
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
EANA LectureSeries - Webinar by Nora Noffke
On December 01, 2021 at 4 pm (CET), EANA hosted its first online LectureSeries on "Prospection for Fossil Life on Mars - Genesis, Taphonomy and Detectability of MISS in Clastic Deposits" by Nora Noffke.

Please find below the recording of the webinar.

Added 3 Dec 2021
EANA21 Outstanding Paper Award
EANA would like to congratulate Alberto G. Fairén for being awarded the EANA21 Outstanding Paper Award. The award was presented during the closing ceremony of the 20th EANA Congress.

Please read the open-access paper here: The Complex Molecules Detector (CMOLD): A Fluidic-Based Instrument Suite to Search for (Bio)chemical Complexity on Mars and Icy Moons
Alberto G. Fairén, Javier Gómez-Elvira, Carlos Briones, Olga Prieto-Ballesteros, José Antonio Rodríguez-Manfredi, Raquel López Heredero, Tomás Belenguer, Andoni G. Moral, Mercedes Moreno-Paz, and Víctor Parro

Added 11 Sep 2021
EANA International Spring School: Hydrothermal Vents
EANA is celebrating its 20-years anniversary by organizing several special events throughout 2021.

Hydrothermal systems are crucial environments for astrobiology: they are thought to be the theatre of life's origins, host unprecedented polyextremophilic biodiversity, and are key targets in the search for life throughout the Solar System, especially on Mars and icy moons.

Here you can find the recorded lectures of the first EANA online school on hydrothermal systems:

Added 16 Apr 2021

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Baqué et al. (2022): Biosignature stability in space enables their use for life detection on Mars

Science Advances 2022, 8(36), 12 p., DOI:10.1126/sciadv.abn7412

Link to open access paper

Two rover missions to Mars aim to detect biomolecules as a sign of extinct or extant life with, among other instruments, Raman spectrometers. However, there are many unknowns about the stability of Raman-detectable biomolecules in the martian environment, clouding the interpretation of the results. To quantify Raman-detectable biomolecule stability, we exposed seven biomolecules for 469 days to a simulated martian environment outside the International Space Station. Ultraviolet radiation (UVR) strongly changed the Raman spectra signals, but only minor change was observed when samples were shielded from UVR. These findings provide support for Mars mission operations searching for biosignatures in the subsurface. This experiment demonstrates the detectability of biomolecules by Raman spectroscopy in Mars regolith analogs after space exposure and lays the groundwork for a consolidated space-proven database of spectroscopy biosignatures in targeted environments.
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