2022 – 2023

The EAI ACADEMY is an international educational program organised and broadcasted by the Centro de Astrobiología (CAB, CSIC-INTA), Madrid, with the support of the European Astrobiology Institute. It provides 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.

In its first edition in the 2021-2022 academic year, the Academy offered 16 online seminars. These online events turned out to be very popular: the program had 350 subscriptors and each seminar had between 200 and 80 attendees from 32 countries and all continents.

The successful program has been relaunched in October for the 2022-2023 academic year. The talks will be given by world-renowned experts, who answer the questions raised by the public after their talk. The seminars are offered for free and are streamed online via zoom every two weeks on Wednesday from 3:00 to 4:00 PM CET (Madrid time). All seminars will be recorded and available in the CAB youtube channel.

At the end of the academic year, CAB awards a certificate of participation to those who attend a minimum of 10 seminars. In order for us to keep track of attendance, you will need to enter your name and affiliation in the seminar chat when you enter the room (Zoom).

Please note that we will stop admitting people to the seminar 10 minutes after it starts.

Registration is now closed.


Dr. Miguel Mas-Hesse
CAB (Spain)

Missions to explore exoplanets
February 8th, 2023

Dr. Eva Mateo-Marti
CAB (Spain)

Lab simulations of planet and  satellite atmospheres
May 17th, 2023

Planetary Atmospheres and Surfaces Simulation Chamber: bringing planetary objects to the lab

Even though space missions provide fundamental and unique knowledge for planetary exploration, they are always costly and extremely time-consuming. Due to the obvious technical and economical limitations for in-situ planetary exploration; laboratory simulations are one of the most feasible research options to make advances both in planetary science and in a consistent description of the origin of life. Planetary Atmosphere and Surfaces Chamber (PASC) are able to simulated atmosphere and surface temperature for the majority of the planetary objects and they are especially appropriate to study physico-chemical and biological changes induced in a particular sample due to in-situ irradiation in a controlled environment. Number of relevant applications in planetary exploration will be described in order to provide an understanding about the potential and flexibility of planetary simulation chambers systems: mainly, stability and presence of certain minerals on Mars surface; UV-photocatalytic N2fixation process on mineral surfaces; photochemistry process on molecules and microorganisms potential habitability under planetary environmental conditions would be studied. Therefore, simulation chambers assess several multidisciplinary and challenging planetary and astrobiological studies. Furthermore, will be a promising tools and necessary platform to design future planetary space mission and to validate in-situ measurements from orbital or rover observations.
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