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Application deadline: 2021-12-15
Junior Professorship for Microbiology in the field of molecular physiology of prokaryotes

Abstract submission deadline: 2022-02-11
COSPAR 2022 - 44th Scientific Assembly

Early registration deadline: 2022-04-29
COSPAR 2022 - 44th Scientific Assembly

EANA LectureSeries - Webinar by Nora Noffke
Please join us on December 01, 2021 at 4 pm (CET) for the first webinar of the EANA LectureSeries on "Prospection for Fossil Life on Mars - Genesis, Taphonomy and Detectability of MISS in Clastic Deposits" by Nora Noffke.

To receive the meeting information for the webinar, please register via

Added 2 Oct 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
IJA Special Issue - Celebrating 20 Years of EANA
We are delighted to invite you to submit an original research article to the upcoming EANA Anniversary Special Issue in the International Journal of Astrobiology - "Open Questions and Next Steps in Astrobiology in Europe - Celebrating 20 Years of EANA".
Many of you have been part of the EANA family for many years (some from the beginning), and followed the development of the European Astrobiology Network Association into the strong community that we are now. This year, EANA now celebrates its 20th anniversary during the annual meeting that will be hosted online from Porto, Portugal (7-10 September, 2021). EANA will organize a number of events to celebrate its first successful 20 years and its aim to develop astrobiology in Europe and promote collaboration among EU astrobiologists.
The Special Issue will include perspectives from past and present presidents of EANA, historical description of the European network, reviews, and research papers outlining the latest European research in astrobiology, especially in the context of the new and next astrobiology mission to Mars, and in the perspective of the Mars Sample Return Missions.
Join us in celebrating 20 years of EANA by submitting you research paper to the EANA Anniversary Special Issue.

To better plan the diversity of research subjects and research groups for the special issue, we would be grateful if you could indicate (if you haven't done so already) your interest via e-mail to until 16 April 2021 with a title and short abstract of the envisioned manuscript. The submission deadline for the full manuscript is 15 September 2021.

We look forward to many contributions from the EANA community,
Barbara Cavalazzi, Frances Westall, Lena Noack, Ruth-Sophie Taubner, Tetyana Milojevic, and Kai Finster (guest editors of the special issue)

Added 1 Apr 2021
EANA 2021 - registration now open
The EANA 2021 website is now up and running! The EANA 2021 - Virtual Conference will happen from September 7-10, 2021.
The deadline for registration is September 6, 2021, and the deadline for abstract submission is July 9, 2021.

The European Astrobiology Network association (EANA) celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. In addition to this landmark, Portugal was going to be the host country of an EANA meeting for the first time. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the EANA meeting will be online, but we will certainly have plenty of reasons to celebrate and have an exciting event! The virtual EANA 2021 meeting will connect the international Astrobiology community, with an exciting and interactive programme for four half days from September 7-10, 2021 (2pm to 6pm (CET) every day). The virtual meeting consists of invited keynote presentations, several oral presentations (to be submitted by the participants), our well-known Space Factor student contest, as well as poster presentations. EANA 2021 is organized by the EANA 2021 LOC and the EANA Executive Board.

Please consult the website for further information, and forward this message to possibly interested colleagues.

Added 1 Apr 2021

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Thogersen et al. (2021): Greenhouse gas capture by triboelectric charging

Chemical Physics Letters 2021, 783, 139069, DOI:10.1016/j.cplett.2021.139069

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A quartz ampoule with quartz grains is mechanically activated in a dry air-like atmosphere with 0.5 % of one of the major greenhouse gases CO2, CH4, and N2O. The grains rub against each other and the walls of the ampoule during activation, leading to triboelectric charging and erosion. IR spectroscopy shows the greenhouse gases disappear during activation. After activation, the ampoule rests for five days. IR spectra recorded after this period show no reappearance of the greenhouse gases.
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