EAI ACADEMY

DURING THE ACADEMIC YEAR 2021-2022, THE EUROPEAN ASTROBIOLOGY INSTITUTE (EAI) WILL OFFER THE EAI-ACADEMY, WHICH CONSISTS OF A SERIES OF 16 DIDACTIC TALKS ON THE TOPICS: «TRIPS TO THE OUTER SOLAR SYSTEM»; «HABITABILITY OF EXOPLANETS»; «LIFE IN THE DARK» AND» COEVOLUTION OF PLANETARY GEOSPHERES, ATMOSPHERES AND BIOSPHERES».

The seminars will be offered for free and will be streamed online via zoom every two weeks on Wednesday from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. CET (Madrid time). Each session will include a 30-40 minute didactic talk given by an expert. The talk will be followed by about 20 minutes of questions and answers.

The sessions will be hosted by the Centro de Astrobiología (CAB). If you wish to be included in the EAI-Academy email distribution list to receive the zoom link and meeting access code, please write your full name, institutional affiliation and contact email here, before the 31st October 2021.

 

The CAB will deliver a certificate of participation to those who attend at least 10 seminars. The audience registration will take place, during each session, in the zoom session chat where each member of the audience will include their full name, institution and email for our registration. The individual final certificate will include each of the seminars the applicant has attended. The seminars will be recorded and made available permanently on the CAB YouTube channel.

https://www.youtube.com/c/CentrodeAstrobiologia

Additionally, the University of Tartu will award 3 ECTS and a digitally stamped certificate to those that attend a minimum of 10 lectures and complete either a short review of the topic of his/her own choosing from the list of the EAI Academy lecture series or create a Wikipedia entry about a subject of their choice covered by the seminar, and peer-review one home assignment by a fellow participant. Those in the audience who request credits must register for the continuing learning program at the University of Tartu: https://www.is.ut.ee/pls/ois/!tere.tulemast?leht=OK.AR.ID&id_ay_toimumine=66611&systeemi_seaded=10,2,12,1&sessioon=0 and also send an email to riho.motlep@ut.ee, providing their contact information (Name, Country of Residence, affiliation) before the 31st October 2021.

NOTE: THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE ADMITTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF TARTU COURSE IS LIMITED TO THE FIRST 40 PEOPLE AND THE LIMIT HAS NOW BEEN REACHED.

 

At the EAI Academy we have about 150-190 participants per seminar that come from more than 30 countries all over the world. This makes the every EAI Academy seminar a virtual classroom for astrobiology learning and networking with the astrobiology community.

Join us at the EAI Academy seminars!

LIST OF SPEAKERS AND TOPICS

Tilman Spohn

ISSI/DLR (Switzerland/Germany)


November 24th, 2021

Could Earth have Desert and Ocean Planet Siblings with Plate Tectonics?

It is widely accepted that plate tectonics is an important element of Earth’s habitability. After all, plate tectonics is an important element of the long-term carbonate silicate cycle stabilizing the climate, renews crustal rock as the basis for the food chain and its heat transfer efficiency helps to produce a magnetic field by dynamo action in the core. Moreover, the continental crust as we know it is a result of plate tectonics with land and shelf areas providing easy access to solar energy and the oceans a huge water reservoir. But is the about equal surface distribution between oceans and continents a necessary outcome of the evolution of a plate tectonics planet? By considering an evolution model with continental growth, water and CO2 cycle and cooling, we find that depending on parameter and initial values, there may be three outcomes rather than just one. In addition to an Earth-like surface, a planet mostly covered by continents may result as well as a planet covered almost entirely by oceans - the latter resembling Venus after loosing all its water. Choosing random combinations of initial conditions, we find the land planet to be the most likely outcome followed - with distance - by the ocean planet and the Earth-like planet the least likely. We speculate that both the continent and the ocean planet would be less life-supporting than Earth.
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Giovanni Vladilo

University of Trieste (Italy)


December 8th, 2021

Defining planetary habitability with the aid of climate models

José A. Caballero

CAB (Spain)


January 12th, 2022

Exoplanet biomarkers

Victor Rivilla

CAB (Spain)


January 26th, 2022

The Pathway to Prebiotic Chemistry: molecular precursors from space

Charity Philips-Lander

South West Research Institute (USA)


February 9th, 2022

Searching for evidence of life on subterranean Mars: Prospects and Challenges

Olga Prieto-Ballesteros

CAB (Spain)


February 23rd, 2022

Deciphering Ocean Worlds in the lab

Diana Northup

University of New Mexico (USA)


March 9th, 2022

Microbial life in lava caves: astrobiological implications

Amri Wandel

University of Jerusalem (Israel)


March 23rd, 2022

Liquid water on Exoplanets and the Habitable Zone

Jan Amend

University of Southern California (USA)


April 6th, 2022

The Marine Deep-Subsurface Biosphere

Anna Neubeck

Uppsala University (Sweden)


April 20th, 2022

Hydrothermal systems - life in the dark

Olivier Mousis

CNRS (France)


May 4th, 2022

(outer solar system formation and evolution)

Doris Breuer

DLR (Germany)


May 18th, 2022

What Mars can teach us about the habitability of terrestrial planets

Victor Parro

CAB (Spain)


June 1st, 2022

Life inside the rocks: microbial diversity and metabolisms in the deep subsurface