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PhD Opportunity at the University of Westminster

Posted by on Jan 23, 2017 in News | 2 comments

PhD Opportunity at the University of Westminster

PhD:  Spectroscopic biosignatures of microbial life on Mars Prof. Lewis Dartnell, University of Westminster   Astrobiology is the multidisciplinary field of science engaged in the search for life beyond Earth. Our planetary neighbour, Mars, shows extensive evidence for a habitable environment conducive to the origin and persistence of life early in the planet’s history. Mars has, however, since suffered an environmental collapse: the planet today is very cold and dry, and the lack of magnetic field or substantial atmosphere means the surface is bathed in harmful ultraviolet and...

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PhD Opportunities at UCL/Birkbeck

Posted by on Jan 19, 2017 in News | 0 comments

PhD Opportunities at UCL/Birkbeck

The Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences will have an STFC-funded PhD studentship available in the field of planetary science from 1 October 2017. The successful candidate will be based in the Centre for Planetary Sciences at UCL/Birkbeck which has a strong record in training planetary science PhD students and provides a rich environment in which to develop knowledge in multiple areas of lunar and planetary science. Projects include: (1) characterising the ExoMars 2020 landing site, and (2) identifying and quantifying active surface processes on Mars. Both of these projects will enable...

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Watch the Barrie Jones Inaugural Award Lecture 2016

Posted by on Dec 20, 2016 in News | 0 comments

Watch the Barrie Jones Inaugural Award Lecture 2016

For anyone who missed this year’s Barrie Jones Award Lecture a recording of the event can be viewed online here. The Barrie Jones Award recognises an individual’s contribution to society and outstanding achievement in science and outreach through work relating to astrobiology. It was established by the Open University (OU) Department of Physical Sciences in partnership with the ASB with the legacy of the late Barrie Jones (1941–2014), an astrobiologist at the OU, who dedicated much of his career to public engagement and outreach. The inaugural recipient of the award was Lisa...

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Meeting Announcement: AbGradCon, June 2017

Posted by on Dec 9, 2016 in News | 0 comments

Meeting Announcement: AbGradCon, June 2017

Applications for the 2017 Astrobiology Graduate Conference (AbGradCon) are now open. This year, the conference will be held at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Charlottesville, VA from June 5 – June 9. AbGradCon provides a unique setting for astrobiologically-inclined graduate students and early career researchers to come together to share their research, collaborate, and network, without the presence of senior researchers and PIs. AbGradCon 2017 marks the thirteenth year of this conference. Conference attendees will share their research over a period of two days. Attendees have...

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Formation of the Solar System and the Origin of Life (Feb. 2017)

Posted by on Dec 7, 2016 in News | 0 comments

Formation of the Solar System and the Origin of Life (Feb. 2017)

The Lorentz Center will be hosting a five-day workshop on the Formation of the Solar System and the Origin of Life between 20-24th February 2017 in Leiden. The workshop will be highly interactive, with individual presentations as well as ample time for interdisciplinary discussions and cooperative research. The goal of the workshop is to foster a new community with an interdisciplinary approach to this research topic. Younger researchers are especially welcome as they are still able to cross disciplines. The main topics will include: The formation of the Solar System. The origin and...

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Could you be an astronaut?

Posted by on Nov 25, 2016 in News | 0 comments

Could you be an astronaut?

A brand new BBC Two series is looking for 12 men and women, from all over the UK, to undergo authentic astronaut training exercises. Over a 28 day period in spring next year, participants will tackle authentic exercises, normally achieved by only a select few. From taking a spin in a human centrifuge to experiencing zero gravity, trainees will be evaluated by a team of expert assessors. They will be pushed both physically and mentally to see if they have what it takes for this once in a lifetime opportunity. More details can be found on the programme website, or see the flyer below....

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