Joint Meeting of the Nordic Network of Astrobiology and the Centre of Geobiology
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Two big questions are at the centre of research regarding the emergence of life on Earth and the possibility of life in the universe: (a) is there life on other celestial bodies? and (b) when did life first appear on Earth ? To throw light on these questions, reliable methods for the detection of life using unambiguous biosignatures are essential. In this respect huge progress has been made during the last years. For example, new space missions like ECHO are planned to characterise atmospheres of exoplanets and sophisticated methods for detecting life in ancient geological formations have been developed. This meeting will to bring together astronomers, geologists, biologists and other interested scientists to share interdisciplinary approaches to detect signs of life on early Earth and other celestial bodies (including exoplanets) and to elucidate the environmental limits and origins of life.
Confirmed invited speakersJanice Bishop, SETI, USA
Martin Brasier, Oxford University, UK
Sherry Cady, Portland State University, USA
Chris German, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, USA
Charles Cockell, University of Edinburgh, UK
Robert Hazen, Carnegie Institution of Washington, USA
Jes Jørgensen, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Nikku Madhusudhan, University of Cambridge, UK
John Parkes, Cardiff University, UK
John Parnell, University of Aberdeen, UK
Mark Sephton, Imperial College, UK
Xander Tielens, Leiden University, The Netherlands
J. Hunter Waite, South West Research Institute, USA
Frances Westall, CNRS, Orleans, France
Martin Whitehouse, Natural History Museum, Stockholm, Sweden
Scientific sessions are planned for the following subjects:
Scope of the meeting
The meeting is open to all interested scientists. However, the organisers will not issue any invitations for participants to obtain visa for attending the meeting.
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