Gerda Horneck, Nicolas Walter, Frances Westall, John Lee Grenfell, William F. Martin, Felipe Gomez, Stefan Leuko, Natuschka Lee, Silvano Onofri, Kleomenis Tsiganis, Raffaele Saladino, Elke Pilat-Lohinger, Ernesto Palomba, Jesse Harrison, Fernando Rull, Christian Muller, Giovanni Strazzulla, John R. Brucato, Petra Rettberg, Maria Teresa Capria. 2016. AstRoMap European Astrobiology Roadmap. Astrobiology 16, 3, 201-243 DOI: 10.1089/ast.2015.1441
The European AstRoMap project (supported by the European Commission Seventh Framework Programme) surveyed the state of the art of astrobiology in Europe and beyond and produced the first European roadmap for astrobiology research. In the context of this roadmap, astrobiology is understood as the study of the origin, evolution, and distribution of life in the context of cosmic evolution; this includes habitability in the Solar System and beyond. The AstRoMap Roadmap identifies five research topics, specifies several key scientific objectives for each topic, and suggests ways to achieve all the objectives.