May 2018 Issue

In this issue:

Conferences, Field Trips and Workshops

Student and Early Career Opportunities

Funding Opportunities

Conferences, Field Trips and Workshops


Advances in Space Mass Spectrometry for the Search of Extraterrestrial Signs of Life

Location: Orleans, France
Registration Closed

In recent decades, the search for signs of extraterrestrial life has been a prime topic in scientific space exploration. This international conference, organized by LE STUDIUM Loire Valley Institute for Advanced Studies, aims at presenting the current state of knowledge acquired so far in the field of mass spectrometry by the activities of the world’s scientific organizations and the most active space agencies pursuing this fundamental research field.

At the Advances in Space Mass Spectrometry for the Search of Extraterrestrial Signs of Life Conference, May 16-18, 2018, international experts will present the results on mass spectrometry of on-going and recently-completed in situ space missions (review talks on Cassini-Huygens, Rosetta, MSL-Curiosity, etc….) as well as the results of the return sample missions (Stardust, Hayabusa, etc..) and experimental laboratory and relevant modelling results.

Several space missions under development that address the research field will be presented by representatives of Space Agencies (NASA, ESA, JAXA, RSA, CNES,..)

A part of the workshop will be devoted to the presentations of new High Resolution Mass Spectrometry (HRMS) space instruments under development that are required to advance in our capability to address the ambitious science objectives laid down for the future missions under study.

Website: http://www.lestudium-ias.com/event/advances-space-mass-spectrometry-search-extraterrestrial-signs-life-0


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Japan Geoscience Union (JpGU)

Location: Makuhari, Chiba, Japan
Registration Deadline: 20 May 2018

The Japanese Geoscience Union meeting near Tokyo, will convene an international session titled: “Outer Solar System Exploration Today and Tomorrow.” JpGU on May 20-24, 2018 in Makuhari, Chiba, Japan.

The organizers invite abstracts that address a wide range of topics encompassing the giant planets and their moons, including their origins, interiors, atmospheres, compositions, surface features, and electromagnetic fields. To advocate for current and future outer planets exploration (Cassini, Juno, New Horizons, JUICE, and beyond), they also call for discussions on future missions to explore giant planet systems, including how to develop better international cooperation. Discussion in this latter category will include progress in developing a solar sail mission concept for observing the Jupiter system and its trojan asteroids.

Website: http://www.jpgu.org/meeting_e2018/index.php


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15th Annual Meeting Asia Oceania Geosciences Society (AOGS)

Location: Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
Registration Open

The Asia Oceania Geosciences Society (AOGS) was established in 2003 to promote geosciences and its application for the benefit of humanity, specifically in Asia and Oceania and with an overarching approach to global issues. The Asia Oceania region is particularly vulnerable to natural hazards, accounting for almost 80% of human lives lost globally. AOGS is deeply involved in addressing hazard related issues through improving our understanding of the genesis of hazards through scientific, social and technical approaches. This year’s meeting takes place June 3-8, 2018.

AOGS holds annual conventions providing a unique opportunity to exchange scientific knowledge and engage in discussions to address important geo-scientific issues among academia, research institutions, and the public. Recognizing the need for global collaboration, AOGS has developed good co-operation with other international geo-science societies and unions such as the European Geosciences Union (EGU), American Geophysical Union (AGU), International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG), Japan Geo-science Union (JpGU), and Science Council of Asia (SCA).

Website: http://www.asiaoceania.org/aogs2018/public.asp?page=home.htm


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Meteorites: Understanding the Origin of Planetodiversity

Location: Paris, France
Registration Open but Limited

The striking diversity of planets, satellites, asteroids and comets in our Solar System is the results of 4,5-billion- year complex evolution that calls for elucidation, all the more since it appears as a unique configuration when compared to other planetary systems. In the last 10 years, new perspectives on the Solar System formation and evolution have emerged thanks to the development of numerical simulations, telescopic observation, space exploration, laboratory experiments and – last but not least – analytical data on meteorites.

The aim of the June 6-8, 2018 workshop is to bring together meteorites experts as well as astronomers working on star and planetary formation to unravel physical processes and timescales of planetary formation and evolution within our Solar System and beyond. The workshop will be the conclusion of the 2017-2018 Meteorite temporary exhibit at the Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle (MNHN), which will feature more than 300 specimens of meteorites.

Website: https://meteorites2018.sciencesconf.org


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European Conference on Permafrost (EUCOP 2018)

Location: Chamonix-Mont Blanc, France
Registration Open

In the continuation of the International and Regional conferences convened by the International Permafrost Association, the 5th European Conference on Permafrost (EUCOP 2018) will be held in Chamonix-Mont Blanc, France, June 23 – July 1, 2018. The conference aims at covering all relevant aspects of permafrost research, engineering and outreach on a global and regional level.

Website: https://eucop2018.sciencesconf.org/


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Astrobiology Australasia Conference 2018

Location: Rotorua, New Zealand
Registration Open

The Astrobiology Australasia Meeting will be held on 25-26th June 2018 in Rotorua, New Zealand, organised by Haritina Mogosanu (New Zealand Astrobiology Network) and Professor Kathy Campbell (University of Auckland).

Important Dates:
Abstracts deadline: 30 April 2018
Teachers Astrobiology Workshop: 24 June 2018
Astrobiology Australasia Meeting: 25-26 June 2018
AAM2018 Field Trip TVZ: 27-29 June 2018
Grand Tour Western Australia: 1-9 July 2018

Meeting Themes:
Contributions in the general fields of astrobiology will be considered but we particularly welcome offers of presentations on the following special themes and sessions:
1. The Origin and Evolution of Life: What is life? What was the origin of life: How did life originate and evolve?
(1a) Prebiotic chemistry / evolutionary organic chemistry; (1b) Earliest life and habitats on Earth: the fossil and geological records; (1c) Evolution of microbial and eukaryotic life; (1d) Terrestrial vs deep sea environments for the origin of life; (1e) Analog environments for early Earth and elsewhere
2. Life beyond Earth & its detection: Is there life beyond Earth? – past or present – and, if so, how can we detect it?
(2a)Exoplanet science and discoveries; (2b) Habitability of our solar system; (2c) Search for life on Mars: past climate; past environments; current life? Potential for life on Icy Worlds; (2d) SETI & other initiatives (e.g. Breakthrough Initiatives)
(2e) New technologies for life detection
3. Future of life: What is the future of life on Earth and the Universe?
(3a) New ways of thinking about Space Exploration & Astrobiology research; (3b) Astrobiology, Art, Culture & Indigenous Knowledge; (3c) Outreach and Education; (3d) Cities on Mars; (3e) Space and Security & Planetary Protection

Talks and posters on current topics in astrobiology will be preceded by a one-day astrobiology teachers workshop and followed by a three-day field trip to the diverse and spectacular geothermal features of the central North Island’s Taupo Volcanic Zone (2 Ma-present). The TVZ is one of the most active volcanic regions on the planet, complete with its own supervolcano and high geothermal heat flux. Hot springs of varied fluid compositions will be visited, including the world renowned, Au-bearing Champagne Pool (pictured) and the colourful microbial mat-draped, fault-bounded sinter terraces of Orakei Korako, to mention only two.

New Zealand is also famous amongst astronomy buffs for its South Island dark skies and wide-open views of the Milky Way, and amongst marine scientists for its extreme offshore environments – hydrothermal vents, hydrocarbon seeps and gas hydrates. Visitors to New Zealand, both astrobiologists and non-astrobiologists, will also encounter a vibrant Māori culture, stunning natural landscapes, and multiple film shooting locations crammed into a country the size of California.

Come enjoy some friendly Kiwi hospitality in a Southern Hemisphere gem of a place to visit. Be sure to bring warm clothing in case of rain during our cooler winter months as well as your togs (aka bathing suits) for hot pool soaks!

Website: http://astrobiology.nz/aam2018/


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Astrobiology Grand Tour 2018

Location: Western Australia

The Australian Centre for Astrobiology at UNSW is running another Astrobiology “Grand Tour” in July 2018, led by Professor Martin Van Kranendonk, a leading expert in Precambrian geobiology. This field trip in Western Australia will visit sites that every astrobiologist or geobiologist should see at least once in their lives. It will be a high level educational and cultural/sensory experience that will enrich all participants – scientists and non-scientists alike!

Dates: Monday 2nd to Wednesday 11th July, 2018
Location: Western Australia, starting in Perth and finishing in Port Hedland
Accommodation: Outdoor camping (tents/swags included)
Cost: AUD $3000 per person

Website: http://astrobiology.nz/aam2018/2018/01/15/event-2-astrobiology-grand-tour/


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Exoplanets II

Location: Cambridge, United Kingdom
Waitlist Open

The astronomical community is in an expansion phase of exoplanet science, especially with several American and European space missions (TESS, CHEOPS, PLATO, JWST) on the horizon (2017 to 2024). The new Exoplanets conference series aims to consolidate all aspects of exoplanet science and strike a balance between:
– Exoplanet theory, observations and instrumentation
– Exoplanet discovery and atmospheric characterisation
– Transiting and directly imaged exoplanets
– Ground- and space-based surveys/missions
– American and European participation

Exoplanets II will be hosted at the University of Cambridge, UK, on July 2-6, 2018.

Website: https://www.exoplanetscience2.org//

Please direct any questions regarding Exoplanets II to exoplanets2@mrao.cam.ac.uk


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COSPAR 2018

Location: Pasadena, CA, USA
Registration Open

The 42nd COSPAR Scientific Assembly will be held in Pasadena, CA, USA, July 14-22, 2018. Information on the scientific program and other relevant links are available at https://www.cospar-assembly.org/.

Information on registration, accommodation, and many other matters, is open at http://cospar2018.org/.


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81st Annual Meeting of the Meteoritical Society

Location: Moscow, Russia
Early Registration Deadline: 20 June 2018

The July 22-27, 2018 meeting is jointly organized by the V.I. Vernadsky Institute of Geochemistry and Analytical Chemistry, the Russian Academy of Sciences, V. I. Vernadsky Geological State Museum , the Ural Federal University, and the Kazan Federal University.

Website: http://metsoc81-moscow.ru/


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Goldschmidt 2018

Location: Boston, MA, USA
Early Registration Deadline: 12 June 2018

Goldschmidt is the foremost annual, international conference on geochemistry and related subjects, organised by the Geochemical Society and the European Association of Geochemistry.

Goldschmidt 2018 is planned for August 12-17, 2018. More details are available at the website: https://goldschmidt.info/2018/index


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XXXth General Assembly of the International Astronomical Union

Location: Vienna, Austria
Regular Registration Deadline: 30 June 2018

The IAU General Assembly (GA) takes place every three years and lasts for two five-day sessions spread over two weeks.

This event is a unique opportunity for astronomers worldwide working in all fields of astronomy to come together. In addition to the core administrative meetings, the General Assembly also includes a substantial and attractive scientific program, usually comprised of two series of three Symposia, each lasting for three days and scheduled during the first and second weeks. Fifteen to twenty more specialized “Focus Meetings” are also held, with up to five topics running in parallel. Two full days are reserved for Division Meetings, with no overlap with the general program.

The 2018 IAU will take place August 20-31, 2018 in Vienna, Austria, a city that has a long history of excellent scientific and medical research.

Website: http://astronomy2018.univie.ac.at/home/


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Comparative Climatology of Terrestrial Planets: From Stars to Surfaces (CCTP-3)

Location: Houston, TX, USA
Abstract Submission Deadline: 13 June 2018

NASA’s 3rd Comparative Climatology of Terrestrial Planets: From Stars to Surfaces (CCTP-3) conference will promote cross-disciplinary conversation on climate processes at work on terrestrial planets both within our solar system and in extrasolar systems. The conference will synthesize present and past research in terrestrial climate science including solar/stellar influences. Also, it will provide a multidisciplinary forum for the identification of future research needs and missions. CCTP-3 will continue the dialogue and interactions started at the two previous conferences, CCTP-1 and CCTP-2. Scientists from all aspects of climatic processes research – including planetary science, heliophysics, Earth science, and exoplanet astronomy – are encouraged by NASA’s Science Mission Directorate (SMD) to participate in and contribute to this conference.

Website: https://www.hou.usra.edu/meetings/climatology2018/


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European Planetary Science Congress 2018: Mars Express 15 Years of Hard Work and Discoveries

Location: Berlin, Germany
Abstract Submission Deadline: 16 May 2018

EPSC 2018 takes place 16-21 September 2018.

In 2018 Mars Express celebrates 15 years of operations in orbit. It remains one of ESA’s most scientifically productive missions whose publication record now counts more than 1000 papers. Its principal scientific discoveries and accomplishments encompass a broad spectrum of science themes including the geology and history of the planet, meteorology and climatology, physics of the upper atmosphere including thermosphere and ionosphere, plasma environment and escape processes, as well as the Martian moons. Mars Express results have played an essential role in understanding the geological and climate evolution and determining the potential habitability of Mars in the past. The mission has also paved the way for subsequent exploration efforts. Together with its “sister” mission at Venus, Mars Express has contributed significantly to the comparative planetology of terrestrial planets.

The wealth of Mars Express data has boosted modelling efforts. The mission is fostering the creation and development of a strong planetary science community in Europe that carries forward new missions to Mars and other planets. The symposium will be devoted to presentation and discussion of the Mars Express contribution to the “big picture” of the Red Planet, remaining open issues and future strategy of martian research and exploration. It will be to a great extent based on invited talks, but contributed talks will be also accepted.

Website: https://meetingorganizer.copernicus.org/EPSC2018/session/29912


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HoRSE : High Resolution Spectroscopy for Exoplanet Atmospheres

Location: Nice, France
Registration Closed

The search for signs of life elsewhere in the Universe requires the remote detection of molecules in the atmospheres of exoplanets. Progress with high-resolution spectroscopy with ground-based instruments has led to detections of atomic (Na) and molecular species (CO, H2O) in the atmospheres of hot giants. From the Doppler shift of the planet spectral lines, it has been possible to constrain atmospheric winds, planet rotation, and even the orbital inclination of non-transiting planets. Not only do current detections inform us about the composition and thermal structure of planetary atmospheres, but they also have the potential to constrain the universal mechanism for planet formation (preferential birth location of the planet in its protoplanetary disc, etc.). However, the planet-hosting stars are covered with a complex and stochastic patterns associated with convective heat transport (i.e., granulation). The resulting stellar activity, associated to other phenomena such as magnetic spots and rotation, can bias the detection and characterization of exoplanetary signals. The synergy between stellar physics and planetology is essential to interpret and quantify exoplanet spectra.

The advent of new high-resolution spectrographs at large and medium-size telescope facilities (CRIRES+, GIARPS, SPIRou, IGRINS, iSHELL, etc…) with unprecedented throughput and spectral range will extend the sample of exoplanets that can be targeted with this technique towards cooler and smaller planets. Given the high degree of complementarity between high-resolution spectroscopy from the ground and low-resolution spectroscopy from space, coupling measurements from the two techniques will be crucial for the next stage of comparative exo-planetology, especially on the targets found by the TESS mission. When finally implemented at Extremely Large Telescopes, high-resolution spectroscopy will have the potential to identify biomarkers in the atmospheres of terrestrial planets in the habitable zone of M-dwarf stars.

HoRSE takes place October 1-5, 2018.

Website: https://horse.sciencesconf.org/


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IV Congreso Internacional de Astrobiologia

Location: Lima, Peru
Abstract Submission Deadline: 31 August, 2018

The Fourth International Conference on Astrobiology (IV ICBA) is one of the most important international events of astrobiology which brings together the leading researchers in the field. This event is held in Peru for the first time, a country with an ancient culture and gastronomy recognized worldwide, and is organized by the Peruvian Association of astrobiology, the National University of San Marcos, and Astrobiology Institute Colombia.

The event will take place from October 25-27, 2018 and will end with a field trip to the ancient pre-Columbian city of Caral.

Website: https://ivciab.com/


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4th NoR HGT & LUCA Conference: Molecules to Microbes

Location: Athens, Greece
Scientific Workshop Proposal Deadline: 6 June 2018

There are many laboratories specifically researching the question of the origin of life on Earth: equally there is large amount of research, not necessarily directly involved in answering the posed question which may well be able to contribute something to the sum of our knowledge. It is from this position that the Network of Researchers on Horizontal Gene Transfer & Last Universal Common Ancestor (NoR HGT & LUCA) has been established, with the aim of kick-starting debate so that the issues surrounding LUCA genetics can be examined and new discoveries promoted by a wide and diverse array of experts. Our regular meetings and workshops will ensure that research and ideas from all spheres of interest in HGT and LUCA can be aired and shared.

The fourth NoR HGT & LUCA conference, Molecules to Microbes, takes place November 5-6, 2018.

Website: http://www.nor-hgt-luca.com/Conference-2018-.html


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2018 AGU Fall Meeting

Location: Washington DC
More details coming soon.

The American Geophysical Union (AGU) 2018 Fall Meeting, December 10-14, 2018, will mark another dynamic year of discovery in Earth and space science, serve as the advent of AGU’s Centennial year, and provide a special opportunity to share our science with world leaders in Washington, D.C. As the largest Earth and space science gathering in the world, the Fall Meeting places you in the center of a global community of scientists drawn from myriad fields of study whose work protects the health and welfare of people worldwide, spurs innovation, and informs decisions that are critical to the sustainability of the Earth.

AGU attendees will connect with leading thinkers, learn about pioneering research and emerging trends, and use your voice to help drive science’s positive impact on the world.

Website: https://fallmeeting.agu.org/2017/future-meetings/


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Ninth International Conference on Mars

Location: Pasadena, CA

The Ninth International Conference on Mars takes place Juy 22-26, 2019. In addition to discussing science results from past and active robotic missions, telescopic studies, laboratory analyses of SNC meteorites, terrestrial analog studies, and numerical models, the conference will provide exploration of new geophysical understanding gained from the InSight mission and a review of objectives for several spacecraft scheduled for launch in 2020 from public, private, and international institutions.

For questions, please contact either Kira Honnoll (khonnoll@hou.usra.edu) or James Ashley (james.w.ashley@jpl.nasa.gov).

Website: https://www.hou.usra.edu/meetings/ninthmars2019/


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Student and Early Career Opportunities


Astrobiology Graduate Conference (AbGradCon) 2018

Location: Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Application Closed

AbGradCon 2018, a meeting organized by and for early career astrobiologists, will be hosted by the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, GA from June 4-8, 2018.

The Proposal Writing Retreat (PWR), formerly known as the Research Focus Group (RFG), will take place from June 1-4, 2018. Applicants for AbGradCon will be able to apply for PWR at the same time as they submit their AbGradCon application. There are funds to support a limited number of participants, although AbGradCon 2018 can accommodate more participants if the individual can provide some or all of his/her own funding.

Website: http://abgradcon.org/


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Geobiology 2018

Location: Owens Valley, Pasadena, and Avalon, CA, USA
Application Closed

Now entering its 15th year, the International Geobiology Course is an intense, multidisciplinary summer course exploring the coevolution of the Earth and its biosphere, with an emphasis on how microbial processes affect the environment and leave imprints on the rock record. Participants get hands-on experience in cutting-edge geobiological techniques, learn from a broad team of eminent scientists in the field, and work in research groups to solve relevant questions.

Geobiology 2018 takes place June 12-July 15, 2018.

Website: http://web.gps.caltech.edu/GBcourse/


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2018 International Summer School in Astrobiology

Location: Santander, Spain

The 2018 International Summer School in Astrobiology: Biomarkers: Signs of Life Through Space and Time will be held at the summer campus of the Universidad Internacional Menéndez Pelayo (UIMP), Palacio de la Magdalena, Santander, Spain from June 25-29, 2018.

The theme of the XVI School of Astrobiology will be the biomarkers (morphologic, chemical, isotopical, etc.) that permit the discovery of biological processes, as well as current and future technologies to detect them. The lectures will focus on early Earth, Mars, icy satellites and exoplanets. In addition to the lectures, during the week the students will participate in discussions about the theme, prepare and present group projects, and take part in an excursion to a local, relevant geological site near Santander. The School is aimed primarily at graduate students in science and engineering, but is open to all attendees with an interest in the interdisciplinary framework of Astrobiology.

Registration and and information on scholarships open to European students will be available through UIMP (http://www.uimp.es/en/).

Website: https://nai.nasa.gov/funding-and-careers/conferences-and-schools/international-summer-school/2018-international-summer-school-astrobiology/


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Summer School/Workshop: Microsatellites in Planetary and Atmospheric Research

Location: Tartu, Estonia
Application Deadline: 31 May 2018

Microsatellites in Planetary and Atmospheric Research will consist of lectures by leading scientists, planning of a micro- or nanosatellite project in small groups as well as open discussions. Participants will also have the opportunity to display their own research results in a poster session. The course includes a half-day excursion to interesting sites in the area (Ice Age Museum, Lake Peipus) and a walk in Tartu.

The event is aimed at graduate (masters and PhD) students and early career scientists (up to 8 years after their first PhD in a related field) in fields relevant to astrochemistry and astrobiology. The event is open to applicants from all nationalities.

Webste: http://www.nordicastrobiology.net/Tartu2018/


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Cloud Academy: Cloud Formation and Properties in Extrasolar Planets

Location: Les Houches, France
Registration Deadline: 15 June 2018

Clouds and hazes have a fundamental impact on the physical structure and appearance of planetary atmospheres and even influence the habitability of earth-like planets. Recent years have brought an abundance of data on clouds in exoplanets. The Cloud Academy program will review physical models for cloud formation in Solar System planets, exoplanet observations, and laboratory studies.

Dates: September 23-28, 2018

Venue: Les Houches Advanced School for Physics

Topics covered:
– A physical picture of cloud and haze formation in Earth’s Atmosphere
– Atmospheric Circulation Regimes for Solar System and Exoplanets
– Cloud Properties and Planetary Habitability
– Clouds and Hazes in Solar System Giant and Rocky Planets: Observations
– Clouds and Hazes in Strongly Irradiated Exoplanets: Observations
– Clouds and Hazes in Strongly Irradiated Exoplanets: Theory
– Clouds and Hazes in Weakly Irradiated Exoplanets and Brown Dwarfs: Observations
– Clouds and Hazes in Weakly Irradiated Exoplanets and Brown Dwarfs: Theory
– Clouds and Hazes: Laboratory Studies

Website: http://eos-nexus.org/clouds/


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Funding Opportunities


Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship in Early Mars Studies

Location: Madrid, Spain
Application Deadline: 1 August 2018

Applications are invited to undertake a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship in early Mars studies with the Department of Planetology & Habitability at the Centro de Astrobiologia, Madrid.

More information:
http://ec.europa.eu/research/mariecurieactions/

https://eshorizonte2020.es/expressions-of-interests/alberto-g.-fairen


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