Frequently asked questions

Visits by school groups: the Centro de Astrobiología’s Scientific Culture Unit (UCC) dedicates Friday mornings to school visits throughout the school year. The guided visit to CAB is designed for a maximum of 30 students. The activity is particularly suitable for students in the Baccalaureate or at least 4th year of ESO, and science-oriented students. The visits start at 10:00 and last about two hours. For the benefit of all, we recommend that you be as punctual as possible, as Centro de Astrobiología cannot guarantee that the staff will be available outside the agreed timetable. The accompanying teachers will be present at all times during the visit, and will be responsible for maintaining the order and discipline of the group, as well as the proper use of the facilities by their students. This is a free activity. To request a visit, please send an email to the Scientific Culture Unit: Private visits: two open days are usually scheduled throughout the year, coinciding with the Science Week organised by the Community of Madrid. For more details, you can check the announcements that will be published on this page and on those provided by the organisers of the Science Week. Likewise, and upon request, visits from universities, research centres or any other institution related to the Centre’s research can be arranged.
Dissemination is an essential part of a scientist’s work, as well as an obligation to the society that pays our salaries and maintains the research centres. The task of dissemination is fundamental to promote scientific culture, which is so necessary and much needed in Spain. In this line, Centro de Astrobiología is willing to attend to requests for talks and conferences on the topics of our specialty; always within the possibilities allowed by the work schedule of the researchers.
CAB is one of the Public Research Centre of the State (INTA and CSIC), and all its job offers (contracts) or training (scholarships) are channelled, in accordance with current legislation, through public announcements that you can see in the BOE (Official State Bulletin), in this website or in both. We encourage you to check from time to time to see if there are any vacancies published that match your professional profile.
Astrobiology is not an undergraduate or graduate degree that can be pursued as such. It is a recent discipline or field of study that builds on traditional scientific disciplines. The profiles of the researchers and technologists at the Centro de Astrobiología cover a wide multidisciplinary range, from biologists, physicists, chemists, geologists, mathematicians, or engineers, who have studied in a conventional way. In any case, a university degree in science complemented by a master, workshops, PhD or post-doctoral experience in subjects relevant to astrobiology would be an excellent training base..

Is there life on other planets? We do not know. A foundational paradigm of Astrobiology holds that life is a consequence of the evolution of the Universe itself. Therefore, one answer, in light of current advances in knowledge, is that there could be life on other planets or moons. But, so far, no convincing evidence or proof of life, as we know it, has been found outside the Earth.

The best thing to do is to send your question to the following e-mail address Once received, it will be forwarded internally to the appropriate person and you will receive a reply by the same means.
Departments and support units The answer to the questions of life and its origin must come from the combined efforts of many disciplines.
Research groups/lines The science developed in the CAB is channelled through interdepartmental research groups.
Scientific culture The CAB’s UCC seeks to make scientific knowledge accessible to the general public.