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Application deadline: 2022-12-15
Assistant Professor Tenure Track at MIT

Abstract submission deadine: 2023-01-31
Biennial European Astrobiology Conference (BEACON)

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

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 7 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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