This workshop is the fourth of a series of workshops associated with the activities of the Italian Astrobiology Society. The aim is to bring together the national and international communities of astronomers, geologists, chemists and biologists working in the fields related to the study of the origin of life, prebiotic chemistry, astronomical sources of prebiotic molecules, life in extreme habitats, search for life in other planets of our Solar System or exoplanets. The purpose of these workshops is, therefore, to reduce the cultural distances between these disciplines and to foster interdisciplinary collaboration. International participation is encouraged.
The meeting follows the Third WG3 Workshop of the COST Action CM 0805 : The chemical cosmos, devoted this year to the chemistry of oxygen in planetary systems (click here for more details).
- Prebiotic chemistry
- Astronomical sources of prebiotic molecules
- Extrasolar planets
- Origin and evolution of the biosphere
- Planetary habitability & exploration (Mars, Titan, Europa, ...)
- Extremophiles and extreme habitats
- Biosignatures and life in the Solar System
- Planetary geology and climatology
- Geochemical origin of life
- Galactic habitability
The workshop will take place in the Room (Aula) G of the Department of Chemistry of the University of Perugia. The Department of Chemistry is located in the historic center of Perugia, close to the Medieval Aqueduct and the Etruscan Arch. Perugia can be reached by train (main connections from Florence or Rome), by plane (see the website of the local San Francesco airport) and by car (from the Autostrada del Sole, exits Bettole or Orte, coord. +43o 6' 55.13", +12o 23' 12.04").
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