'20 years of Astrobiology in Spain', a course by CAB and UCM


Group photo of the Summer course '20 years of Astrobiology in Spain'. ©UCM

El Centro de Astrobiología (CAB,CSIC-INTA), together with the Complutense University of Madrid (UCM), has taught from 8 to 10 July the course '20 years of Astrobiology in Spain' in El Escorial (Madrid). This has been one of the first activities organized by the CAB to commemorate its 20th anniversary, which will be celebrated in November this year.

For three days, the headquarters of the Complutense University of Madrid in El Escorial has hosted the course '20 years of Astrobiology in Spain', framed within the so-called 'Summer Courses' organized every year by the UCM.

The objective of the course, in which several researchers from the Centro de Astrobiología have participated, has been to publicize and enhance the scientific and technological achievements that have placed the CAB at the global forefront of the exploration of life in the universe.

The course started on Monday 8 by the hand of Victor Parro, deputy director of the CAB, who made a brief presentation of the center and the course. Then several researchers from the center taught different classes: Marta Ruiz Bermejo spoke about 'Genesis of biomolecules in the laboratory'; Carlos Briones on 'Molecular Evolution and the Origin of Life'; Ricardo Amils spoke to students about his research focused on 'Extreme Microorganisms and Astrobiology'. This first day ended with a round table entitled 'The CAB and the Future of Astrobiology' in which Miguel Mas, director of the center; Victor Parro; María Paz Zorzano Mier and Izaskun Jiménez Serra, both researchers at CAB.

On the second day of the course he started with the intervention of José Antonio Rodríguez Manfredi who spoke about 'Spanish instruments to study the habitability of Mars'. This first class was followed by others: Olga Prieto Ballesteros: she talked about 'The frozen worlds are not so frozen'; Izaskun Jiménez Serra on 'Chemistry in interstellar media'; and Maria Rosa Zapatero Osorio about 'The Search for Terrestrial Exoplanets'. To finish this second day of the course, all students were able to enjoy a guided tour of the facilities of the European Space Astronomy Center (ESAC), where the CAB has a space that houses part of its Department of Astrophysics. 

After two intense days in which students deepened astrobiology, the course was closed on July 10 with a talk given by Victor Parro on 'The Search for Life in Planetary Exploration'. After the latter class, diplomas were presented to all attendees. 


Fuente: UCC-CAB

Fecha: 2019-07-12


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