2022 – 2023

The EAI ACADEMY is an international educational program broadcasted by the Centro de Astrobiología (CAB, CSIC-INTA), Madrid. 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

The ESA PLATO Mission

PLATO (PLAnetary Transits and Oscillations of stars) is ESA’s M3 mission, designed to detect and characterize extrasolar planets by high-precision, long-term photometric and asteroseismic monitoring of a large number of stars. PLATO will detect small planets around bright stars, including terrestrial planets in the habitable zone of solar-like stars. With the complement of radial velocity observation from ground, planets will be characterized for their radius, mass, and age with high accuracy. PLATO will provide us the first large-scale catalogue of well-characterized small planets up to intermediate orbital periods, relevant for a meaningful comparison to planet formation theories. It will make possible comparative exoplanetology to place our solar system planets in a broader context. PLATO will study the host stars using asteroseismology, allowing us to determine the stellar properties with high accuracy, substantially enhancing our knowledge of stellar structure and evolution.
PLATO is scheduled for a launch date end 2026. Following the successful Critical Milestone Review, ESA has given green light for the implementation of the spacecraft and the payload, which includes the serial production of its 26 cameras. This talk will present an overview of the PLATO science goals, of its instrument and mission profile status, and of its expected performances.

Dr. Adrienne Kish
MNHN Paris (France)

Extreme environments on Earth
February 22nd, 2023

Life with a pinch of salt

Dr. Christa Schleper
University of Vienna (Austria)

Extreme environments on Earth
March 8th, 2023

Hyperhermophiles and hydrothermal springs

Dr. Karen Olsson-Francis
The Open University (UK)

Extreme environments on Earth
March 22nd, 2023

Extreme environments and lab simulations

Dr. David Barrado
CAB (Spain)

Missions to explore exoplanets
April 5th, 2023

JWST and planet spectroscopy studies

Dr. Theresa Rank-Lueftinger
ESA (The Netherlands)

Missions to explore exoplanets
April 19th, 2023


Dr. Fuencisla Cañadas
CAB (Spain)

Mars Sample Return
May 3rd, 2023

C isotope studies and applications to Mars Sample Return

Dr. Eva Mateo-Marti
CAB (Spain)

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

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

Dr. Keyron Hickmann- Lewis
NHM London/ESA (UK)

Mars Sample Return
May 24th, 2023