16th EANA ASTROBIOLOGY CONFERENCE

Dear Colleague,

EANA16 will be hosted in Athens in Greece at the Eugenides Foundation from 27−30 September 2016 (Tue-Fri). A limited number of student travel grants are available.

The EANA16 Workshop (European Astrobiology Network Association Workshop) will be held in Athens, Greece, at the Eugenides Foundation.

Dates: 27th to 30th of September 2016 (Tuesday to Friday)
 Venue: Eugenides Foundation387 Syngrou Ave., 175 64 Paleo Faliro, AthensGreece.
The same venue will be also used for the AbGradE Symposium, which will take place before the EANA16, on days 26 & 27 September 2016. For more details about AbGradE, please also check this link (Facebook).
 Field trip:  Cape Vani, Milos Island, Aegean sea, Greece. It will take place immediately after the conference, on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd of October 2016.
Read this interesting article, to know more about Milos (Google-translated).
 Deadlines: Field trip to Milos island: Now open, according to availability! You can still register, but please, send an additional email!
Conference registration : 31st July 2016 

Astrobiology sessions

As usual, sessions will include talks on any astrobiological discipline, which will be thematically distributed in sessions. Thematic titles of such sessions could be:

  • Extrasolar planets
  • Astrophysics and astrochemistry
  • Geochemical origin of life
  • Origin and evolution of the biosphere
  • Planetary habitability
  • Planetary exploration (Mars, Titan, Europa, …)
  • Extremophiles and early life
  • Astrobiology studies on the International Space Station
  • Atmospheres
  • Human flight
  • Planetary Analogues & experiments
  • Prebiotic chemistry and origin of life
  • Biosignatures

Instrument Concepts and Methods in Planetary Exploration

A session will be devoted on inspiring talks on the methods and future instrumentation to be used for planetary exploration and after a sample return mission.

In this sessions we expect to listen to inspiring talks on emerging technologies and future instrumentation, which will be used for in situ planetary exploration and for characterisation of samples that will be returned to Earth after a future sample return mission.

There are already several successful missions to Mars using rovers with various instruments as payloads, and there are still are a couple to come in the next five years. A sample return mission and a human flight mission already seem closer in time.

The question that arises is: “Is our current technology ready for both of the above missions, and what would we need additionally to successfully complete as a sample-return and a human-flight mission?”.

Expected thematics include:

  • 3D/Additive manufacturing technologies
  • Miniaturisation of analytical instruments
  • Imaging technologies
  • New Rovers and Automated navigation

A round table is expected to organise the acquired knowledge and give futuristic but also realistic directions for setting up possible missions for the next 20 years.

The aim is also to:

  • expand the consortium by involving partners working in robotics, analytical instruments, microtechnologies, computer science, etc.
  • Attract companies listening to our needs and implement selected ideas

If you have an idea you could communicate it with Elias Chatzitheodoridis in order to evaluate it and proceed to its implementation.

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