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Expanding Worldviews: Astrobiology, Big History and Cosmic Perspectives

Posted by on Jul 8, 2019 in News | 0 comments

Expanding Worldviews: Astrobiology, Big History and Cosmic Perspectives

The meeting ‘Expanding Worldviews: Astrobiology, Big History and Cosmic Perspectives’ on the societal impacts of astrobiology, big history, and cosmic perspectives will be held on 19-20 September at Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities, London. The meeting is now open for (free) registration at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/expanding-worldviews-astrobiology-big-history-and-cosmic-perspectives-tickets-64594662374 Everyone interested is welcome to attend, but attendees need to register so that we can keep track of numbers for refreshments, etc. If colleagues would like to give a...

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Call for Abstracts – The First Billion Years: Habitability

Posted by on Jun 18, 2019 in News, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Call for Abstracts – The First Billion Years: Habitability

The First Billion Years: Habitability conference will be held in Big Sky, Montana from September 8 – 12. The conference focuses on habitability, producing conditions conducive to life, the emergence of life on Earth, the potential for the emergence of life on other solar system bodies, and extensions to extrasolar systems. The conference format is intended to foster multi- and interdisciplinary discussion on the processes and physical conditions that affected the development of potentially habitable environments during the first billion years, how such environments evolved over time, and how...

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Big History & Astrobiology

Posted by on Jun 17, 2019 in News, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Big History & Astrobiology

A special issue of the Journal of Big History on the relationships between astrobiology and big history is now available at: https://jbh.journals.villanova.edu/ Edited by Ian Crawford (Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Birkbeck College, University of London, UK), this issue comprises a collection of papers based on the the meeting Expanding Worldviews: Astrobiology, Big History, and the Social and Intellectual Benefits of the Cosmic Perspective held at the Australian National University in Canberra, Australia last...

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Conference Announcement: EANA 2019

Posted by on May 29, 2019 in News, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Conference Announcement: EANA 2019

The 19th European Astrobiology Network Association (EANA) Conference will be held in the historical centre of Orléans, France on 3-6 September 2019. EANA joins together people interested in the origins of life and the search for extraterrestrial life in the Solar System and beyond. This interdisciplinary domain involves scientists from multiple disciplines, such as chemistry, physics, biology, geology, astronomy, and human sciences. Once again the annual EANA conference will welcome abstracts from all of these topics, with a special focus on space missions. Registration and abstract...

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‘The Cosmic Zoo – Complex Life on Many Worlds’ by Dirk Schulze-Makuch, William Bains

Posted by on May 29, 2019 in Book reviews | 0 comments

The key question in astrobiology is whether we are likely to find life beyond Earth, and the authors of this book, who are clearly optimistic about the answer, put forward strong arguments to support their optimism. Whether you agree with them or not, this book will help you think critically about the possibility of life beyond Earth, and about the likelihood of complex life being common in the universe, in direct contrast to the Rare Earth hypothesis. It will also remind you of how astonishing wonderful life on our planet is. The authors, Schulze-Makuch and Bains, are scientists well-versed...

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