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Deadline for application: 2017-03-24
Two PhD positions available at the Microbiology Unit in SCK-CEN, Mol, Belgium

Application deadline: 2017-03-19
PhD position on the role of Archaea in the human body at Medical University Graz

Abstract deadline: 2017-02-28
International interdisciplinary workshop on: "Accretion, differentiation and early evolution of the terrestrial planets"

Abstract deadline: 2017-04-01
International Symposium on Astronomy and Astrobiology Education: theory, methods, impacts and future directions

Abstract submission deadline: 2017-08-31
International Academy of Astronautics: 21st Humans in Space Symposium

Travel grant application: 2017-05-01
EANA 2017

Registration deadline: 2017-04-16
Ionizing radiation: how do bacteria cope and what can we learn?

Registration early deadline: 2017-03-08
Radio Exploration of Planetary Habitability

Application deadline: 2017-02-24
A CONCERT short course entitled: CELOD: Cellular effects of ionising radiation – introduction to radiation biology

Abstract submission deadline: 2017-02-28
68th International Astronautical Congress 2017

Registration and abstract deadline: 2017-06-01
EANA 2017

Abstract submission deadline: 2017-04-06
Ionizing radiation: how do bacteria cope and what can we learn?

Abstract submission deadline: 2017-03-08
Radio Exploration of Planetary Habitability

EANA 2017 Aarhus

Dear fellow Astrobiologists,

A warm welcome to you all to come to EANA17.

The conference will take place 14-17 August, 2017 in Aarhus, Denmark. Among the many interesting and relevant topics for astrobiology, EANA17 emphasizes “Exoplanets”, a new and exciting field in the search for extraterrestrial life.

We are looking forward to seeing you all in Aarhus in August for an inspiring conference!

Professor Kai Finster
Kai.Finster (at)

Added 26 Jan 2017
Astrobiology conference: links to recorded lectures
All lectures of the « Search for life: from early Earth to Exoplanets » conference and training school, which took place in Quy Nhonhon december 9-16th, are now online available at

Added 21 Jan 2017
Announcement: New Europlanet Transnational Access (TA) Call
Dear all,
The next deadline for Transnational Access (TA) applications is Friday 31st March 2017. It is strongly advised to make contact with staff of the proposed host facility to ensure that proposals are viable and/or choosing the optimal facility for the proposed research before submission. Please see the website for further information.

Kind regards
The Europlanet Team

Added 21 Jan 2017

Monthly research highlight (-> More highlights)

Schulze-Makuch and Guinan (2016): Another Earth 2.0? Not So Fast

Astrobiology 2016, 16(11), 817-821, DOI:doi:10.1089/ast.2016.1584

Link to paper
The number of confirmed exoplanets now exceeds 3000, with an additional nearly 5000 exoplanet candidates awaiting confirmation in the NASA Exoplanet Archive (2016). Nearly weekly we hear about the detection of a new exoplanet similar in mass to Earth and located in the so-called habitable zone around its host star. The excitement is understandable given our desire to find a second Earth. However, the excitement should not lead to an over-interpretation of the findings, because the claim can only be to have some crude similarity to Earth based on a few selected geophysical parameters. Only a very small fraction of these planets will actually be Earth-like. Earth-like would imply multiple environmental habitats and presence of a sizable biosphere and complex ecosystems, without which Earth, as we experience it, would not exist. Thus, it should be clearly communicated to the public that we are probably still many years away from having the technological capability to detect an Earth-like planet or Earth 2.0 with adequate certainty.
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