EAI on-line seminar: IMPACT CRATERS AND LIFE (AND DEATH)  

Anna Losiak, University of Exeter, UK

Tuesday, 23 March 2021, 16:00 CET (15:00 UTC)


Impact craters form when rocky objects, such as asteroids or moons, collide with one another, especially when these objects are moving at exceptionally high speeds. This is a critically important process in the Solar System, because this process rapidly releases enormous amounts of energy, similar to the explosion of a bomb. This process can lead to many geological features, and on Earth, it has resulted in major changes to the environment. Ironically, impacts both endanger life, but also have created the environments necessary for the development of life, including the delivery of water to the planet. After impact craters form, they form warm enclaves where water is heated in hydrothermal systems, and generate niches for life, possibly including the origin of life itself. Without impact craters, we would not be here.



The lecture will be streamed at:  https://www.gotomeet.me/EAI_online


See the promotional video trailer (2 minutes) here (Youtube).


The European Astrobiology Institute presents "Strangest of All, an anthology of astrobiological science fiction"


Strangest of All, developed in cooperation of the European Astrobiology Institute and scientist and editor Julie Nováková, is an anthology of astrobiology-themed science fiction stories aimed to both entertain and educate. It takes you on a journey to encounter life in the universe, as imagined in SF stories by award-winning authors, and our chances of finding it outside of the Earth, detecting it remotely, learning its limits and more in original nonfiction essays following each story. The book contains reprint science fiction stories by G. David Nordley, Geoffrey Landis, Gregory Benford, Tobias S. Buckell, Peter Watts and D. A. Xiaolin Spires, and a bonus story by the editor.


See a full description of the anthology here. The anthology can be downloaded as a .pdf file here. It is also available as a .mobi and .epub file.


IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, the BEACON conference has been adjourned. Most likely dates are now 25-29 April 2022. We apologise for the inconvenience and hope to welcome you in La Palma in 2022 ! See the cancellation procedures at the BEACON website


POSTPONED

The summer school on "Formation and evolution of planetary systems and habitable planets" will be organised by the European Astrobiology Institute at the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń has been adjourned. We hope to hold it in 2021.


For all information check the website:


http://eai.faj.org.pl/  



The European Astrobiology Institute (EAI) is a consortium of European research and higher education institutions and organisations as well as other stakeholders aiming to carry out research, training, outreach and dissemination activities in astrobiology in a comprehensive and coordinated manner and thereby securing a leading role for the European Research Area in the field.


On this website you will find information on the aimsstructure, forms of membership as well as the composition of the Management Committee. Documents available on this site include:


  • the Statutes of the EAI
  • an executive summary
  • a promotional folder
  • the communiques of the past meetings of the EAI Interim Board
  • the resolutions of the General Assembly in Liblice, CZ (30 May 2019)


We are looking forward to welcoming your institution as paricipant into the EAI. Meanwhile, we are interested in your views and hope that you find the information available on this site useful.


Please join us at the Biannual European Astrobiology Conference (BEACON) on La Palma Island, Canary Island, Spain (20-24 April 2020). Abstract submission deadline is closed but you can still register. Rooms at the venue are still available on a first come-first served basis.