CELTA-Cortina Summer Schools in Astronomy-Celestial Mechanics

The 2-week long CELTA-Cortina Summer Schools in Astronomy-Celestial Mechanics are back and
📣in person!📣

The organizers would like to invite you to the CELTA ASI Summer School 2022:

From Stardust to Extrasolar Planets: Dynamics of Exoplanetary and Solar System Bodies

🌍 Where: University of Highlands & Islands (UHI), Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, Skye, & UHI Inverness, Scotland

📅 Dates: 15 – 27 August 2022 📅

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❗️ Application deadline: 7th June – apply here ❗️

Aim of this School: To stimulate the cross-fertilisation of ideas between the communities who work in exoplanetary and solar system dynamics and to understand the latest tools and methods of analysis necessary for research into exoplanets, solar system bodies and planetary systems.

PhD students and early-career/established researchers are welcome to join!

Contact: exoplanet@gcu.ac.uk

Summer school “Life on Earth and Beyond – History and Philosophy of Astrobiology: The Origin of Life”

📣 Applications are open for this unique summer school! 📣

Co-organised by the European Astrobiology Institute and the Space Humanities Group at Lund University, the course is open for students and scientists in humanities, natural, social and political sciences.

📅 Dates: May 30th – June 1st, 2022 📅

🌍 Where: Ven Island, Sweden 🌍

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The deadline for applying is on the 1st of April – apply here

EAI online seminar: Our astrochemical origins

Paola Caselli, Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics, Germany

Tuesday, 18 January 2022, 16:00 CEST (14:00 UTC)

In this instalment of the EAI seminar series, the speaker will present a journey from the earliest phases of star formation to protoplanetary disks, with links to our Solar System, highlighting the crucial role of astrochemistry as powerful diagnostic tool of the various steps, as well as to unveil our astrochemical origins.

The talk will be streamed at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ablsg65gD98

Click here for more information and a sneak-peak video of the talk!

EAI on-line seminar: Did life originate from low-temperature areas of the Universe?

Sergiy Krasnokutski, MPI for Astronomy, Germany

Tuesday, 19 October 2021, 16:00 CEST (14:00 UTC)

The EAI seminar series is back TODAY!

The first seminar will provide an overview of recent studies on low-temperature reactions, which are expected to lead to the formation of complex organic and biologically significant molecules in the interstellar medium. It will focus on the following questions. How large biomolecules can be formed already in space? Can the processes occurring in space affect the origin of life on Earth?

The talk will be streamed at: https://www.gotomeet.me/EAI_online

Click here for more information and a sneak-peak video of the talk!

The EAI Academy

During the academic year 2021 – 2022, the European Astrobiology Institute (EAI) is organizing the EAI Academy, a series of 16 didactic talks and discussions by experts in the field.

The seminars are offered for free and will be streamed online via zoom every two weeks on Wednesday from 3:00 to 4:00 PM CET.

The EAI Academy will provide a framework to meet online with the European astrobiology community and to acquire interdisciplinary knowledge through a series of seminars given by experts in these fields.  Each session will include a 30-40 minute didactic talk given by an expert. The talk will be followed by about 20 minutes of questions and answers.

The sessions will be hosted by the Center for Astrobiology (CAB), who will issue a certificate of participation to those who attend at least 10 seminars.

Click here to learn more!

Astrobiology Introductory Course videos now online

The 2021 session of the Astrobiology Introductory Course (the 14th edition of the school) was held online from June 21 to 25, 2021. This online version generated several hundred registrations from all countries, and nearly 230 participants have taken all of the courses.

All the lectures are now available to everyone on the Youtube channel of the French Astrobiology Society. These videos also join the online database of astrobiology course videos on the Astrobiovideo site.

If sanitary conditions allow it, the next school session will take place in person from March 13 to 19, 2022. All information relating to this new school will be available from the beginning of October on the RED website.

List of lectures from the 2021 session:

Solar System Formation & Exoplanet formation & dynamics” – Sean Raymond (Astrophysicist)

Decoding lights from Exotic Worlds” – Jérémy Leconte (Astrophysicist)

Exoplanets & Habitability” – Emeline Bolmont (Astrophysicist)

Early Earth and Early Life co-evolution (1)” – Stefan Lalonde (Geochemist)

Early Earth and Early Life co-evolution (2)” – Johanna Marin-Carbonne (Geologist)

History, processes, and patterns in biological evolution” – Emmanuel Douzery (Biologist)

Are fossils the witnesses of evolution” – Jean-Sébastien Steyer (Paleontologist)

Prebiotic Chemistry in the Solar System” – Hervé Cottin (Astrochemist)

From Chemistry to Biology” – Kamila Muchowska (Chemist)

Artificial Life and Artificial Intelligence” – Hugues Bersini

Ethical issues in Astrobiology” – Jacques Arnould (CNES Ethics Adviser)

The Tree of Life” – Laura Eme (Biologist)

Life in extreme environments” – Karen Olsson-Francis (Biologist)

Solar System Exploration” – Jean-Pierre Bibring (Astrophysicist)


Bertram Bitsch, MPI for Astronomy, Germany

Tuesday, 18 May 2021, 16:00 CEST (14:00 UTC)

Exoplanet observations have revealed a wealth of data that has to be explained via planet formation simulations. Past simulations focused mainly on the mass-orbital distance distribution of exoplanets. However, recent detailed observations have allowed to constrain planetary masses and radii to such detail, that the bulk composition can be derived, giving new constraints to planet formation models. Of particular interest is the water content of close-in super-Earths and sub-Neptunes, because the water content is an important tracer of the formation history of planets as well as of great importance for the search of life on other planets. In this talk, I will outline the main ingredients of planet formation simulations, focusing on the core accretion scenario, with a particular focus on the composition of planets. In particular I will highlight the importance of water, not only for the composition of planets, but also for the formation pathway (growth and migration) of the planets themselves.

The lecture will be streamed at: https://www.gotomeet.me/EAI_online


Nigel Mason, University of Kent, UK

Tuesday, 4 May 2021, 16:00 CEST (14:00 UTC)

Astrobiology has two principal goals: 1) to learn how life began and evolved on Earth, and 2) to establish whether life exists elsewhere in the universe. Understanding the cosmic evolution of molecules that carry the elements C, H, O, P, S and N is central to this quest. Today we know that there is a rich and complex chemistry pervading the Interstellar medium and that this is retained amidst star and planet formation being observed in cometary bodies. However, the mechanisms by which such molecules are synthesized and the complexity that can be achieved remains subject of considerable uncertainty and provides a challenge to both the laboratory and modelling communities. In this talk I will review what we know, what we need to know and why we have not made the progress we expected in the last decade. I will then discuss some ideas of how we can overcome current challenges and achieve these two goals.

The lecture will be streamed at: https://www.gotomeet.me/EAI_online