2021 International Summer School in Astrobiology

Searching for Life on Mars: Techniques & Challenges

REMINDER: The application deadline is this Thursday, April 1, 2021.

The 2021 International Summer School in Astrobiology will review and assess the types of techniques that are necessary for detection of biosignatures on Mars, including Raman spectroscopy, the isotopic and chirality analyses that Rosalind Franklin rover will perform, and the advanced techniques needed to analyze samples both in-situ and in Earth-based laboratories.

The central question will be “how can we unequivocally detect biosignatures on Mars?” and the discussions will involve in-situ rovers, sample collecting and return, laboratory analyses on Earth, and the experiments that future human explorers may be able to perform. The lectures will be focused on instrumentation and techniques.

In addition to lectures, during the week the students will participate in discussions about the theme, prepare and present group projects, and take part in an excursion to a relevant astrobiological site near Santander.

Summer School Dates: Monday, September 6, through Friday, September 10, 2021, contingent on travel approval. READ MORE