Conference 4. Life on Earth and beyond: emergence, survivability, and impact on the environment (Bertinoro, Italy 2018)

Scientific programme / Link to Website

Does life exist beyond Earth? And how could we detect it? Which are the stellar and planetary constraints that affect the emergence and evolution of life? What areas in our Solar System and elsewhere can be habitable environments for life? These are some of the most important astrobiology issues that Life-ORIGINS COST Action addresses. Answering these questions would imply to completely transform our view about human uniqueness and human position in the Universe influencing the search for signs of life within planetary exploration and on exoplanets.
The interplay between geochemists, biologists, astronomers, chemists, and theoreticians is the main challenge of astrobiology, that finds within the Life-ORIGINS COST Action the right environment where to take place. The conference has the goal of gather experts coming from different scientific fields to share ideas, discuss about recent and present results, and identify the key challenges regarding the emergence, survivability, and impact on the environment of life both on Earth and beyond.

Scientists will be encouraged to attend the conference and give contributed talks or present posters. They will have the opportunity to interact with international experts in different fields (geology, biology, chemistry, astrophysics, and philosophy). The interdisciplinary environment will be particularly beneficial for students and young postdocs, who might find new directions in their research by linking the different fields that coexist in the workshop.

Invited Speakers

Steven Dick – Former Baruch S. Blumberg NASA/Library of Congress, US
Caroline Dorn – Space Research and Planetary Science, University of Bern, Switzerland
Sabine Höhler – KTH Royal Institute of Technology Stockholm, Sweden
Doron Lancet – Weizmann Institute of Science Rehovot, Israel
Marie Catherine Sforna – University of Liege, Belgium
Anja Spang – Netherlands Institute for Sea Research, ’t Horntje, Texel, the Netherlands
Judit E. Sponer – CEITEC Masaryk University Brno, Czech Republic

Venue

The venue of the conference is the University Residential Centre of Bertinoro (Ce.U.B.) an outstanding conference center located in ancient village of Bertinoro and perched over the beautiful city. The Center has several unique buildings, including the Bishop’s Fortress, St. Sylvester Church, a Theater, and the military outpost of the Rivellino. The Center is equipped with 14 training rooms, a computer lab, and 86 guest rooms.

Scientific Organizing Committee

John Robert Brucato, INAF-Astrophysical Observatory of Arcetri, Italy
Muriel Gargaud, University of Bordeaux, France
Wolf Geppert, University of Stockholm, Sweden
Olga Prieto Ballesteros, Centro of Astrobiologia, Spain
Daniela Billi, University of Rome, Italy
Barbara Cavalazzi, University of Bologna, Italy
David Duner, Lund University, Sweden
Florian Gallet, University of Geneve, Switzerland
Emmanuelle Javaux, University of Liege, Belgium
Inge Loes ten Kate, University of Utrecht, The Netherlands
Terence Kee, University of Leeds, UK
Akos Kereszturi, Research Center for Astronomy and Earth Sciences, Hungary
Purificación López-García, Orsay Paris-Sud, France
Nigel Mason, Open University, UK
Lena Noack, University of Berlin, Germany
Raffaele Saladino, University of Tuscia, Italy
Ewa Szuszkiewicz, University Szczecin, Poland
Stephan Tirard, University of Nantes, France

Local Organizing Committee

John Robert Brucato, INAF-Astrophysical Observatory of Arcetry, Firenze
Andrea Meneghin, INAF-Astrophysical Observatory of Arcetri, Firenze
Barbara Cavalazzi, University of Bologna
Victor M. Rivilla, INAF-Astrophysical Observatory of Arcetry, Firenze

Participants

ALBDEERY KAMAL University of Leeds
ALUNNI LUDOVICA Università di Bologna
AMATI LORENZO INAF – OAS Bologna
ARNOULD JACQUES CNES, Paris
ASHKENASY GONEN Ben Gurion university of the Negev
BALBI AMEDEO Dipt. Fisica, Università di Roma Tor Vergata
BERRYMAN JOSH University of Luxembourg
BILLI DANIELA Università di Roma
BIRSKI LUKASZ Institute of Geologial Sciences PAS
BIZZARRI BRUNO MATTIA Università della Tuscia
BOZHILOV VLADIMIR Sofia University
BRUCATO JOHN ROBERT INAF – Astrophysical Observatory of Arcetri
BUI ANDREA Università di Bologna
CALABRESE CAMILLA University of Basque Country
CAPOVA KLARA ANNA Durham University, Dep. Of Anthropology
CARDENO RUA MARIA ANTONIA Università di Bologna
CAVALAZZI BARBARA Università di Bologna
CHATZITHEODORIDIS ELIAS National Technical University of Athens
CLAYES WILFRID
CORNET YOHAN University of Liege
DARTNELL LEWIS University of Westminster
DEMOULIN CATHERINE University of Liege
DICK MARY
DICK STEVEN former NASA/Library of Congress, US
DORN CAROLINE University of Zurich
DUNÉR DAVID Lund University
FERRARI FRANCO CASA
FERUS MARTIN J. Heyrovsky Institute of Physical Chemistry of the CAS
FLAHAUT JESSICA CNRS/IRAP
FRANÇOIS CAMILLE University of Liege
GARGAUD MURIEL Laboratoire d’Astrophysique
GELSO ALESSIO Università di Bologna
GENOVESI SOFIA Università di Bologna
GEPPERT WOLF Stockholm University
GIRALDO MARTIN MARCELA University of Liege
GOMOIU IOANA Institute of Biology
GROS KATARZYNA Institute of Geologial Sciences PAS
HAIDAU CATALINA Emil Racovita Institute of Speleology
HAWKINS KIRSTEN University of York
HILLEBRAND-VOICULESCU ALEXANDRA Emil Racovita Institute of Speleology
HOEHLER SABINE KTH Royal Institute of Technology Stockholm
IRVINE WILLIAM University of Massachussetts
JAVAUX EMMANUELLE Université de Liège
JODIE BELILLA Lab. Ecologie Systematique et Evolution
JURKIC TOMISLAV University of Rijeka
KANUCHOVA ZUZANA Astronomical Institute SAS
KEE TERENCE University of Leeds
KERESZTURI AKOS MTA CSFK
KIRSIMAE KALLE University of Tartu
KOVACEVIC ANDJELKA University of Belgrade
KRCMA FRANTISEK Brno University of Technology, faculty of Chemistry
KRUSZEWSKI LUKAS Polish Academy of Sciences
LAINE PAULI University of Jyvaskyla
LANCET DORON Weizmann Institute of Science
LARA YANNICK University of Liege
LESCHINE SUSAN University of Massachussetts
LETHO KIRSI University of Turku
LOPEZ GARCIA PURIFICACION CNRS
LORON CORENTIN COLIN University of Liege
LOSCH ANDREAS University of Bern
MARCHETTO ALICE Università di Bologna
MARIS ASSIMO University of Bologna
MASON NIGEL The Open University
MAZANKOVA VERA Brno University of Technology
MELANDRI SONIA University of Bologna
MENEGHIN ANDREA INAF – Astrophysical Observatory of Arcetri
MERILUOTO JUSSI Abo Akademi University
MICCA LONGO GAIA Università degli Studi di Bari
MOREIRA DAVID CNRS
MOTLEP RIHO University of Tartu
MROZ PRZEMYSLAW Warsaw University Observatory
MULLER CHRISTIAN Royal Belgian Institute for Space Aeronomy
NOACK LENA Free University Berlin
OLSSON FRANCIS KAREN The Open University, UK
ONOFRI SILVANO Università della Tuscia
PACELLI CLAUDIA University of Tuscia, Viterbo
POGGIALI GIOVANNI University of Florence, INAF – Astrophysical Observatory of Arcetri
PROSS ADDY Ben Gurion university
PROSS NELLA
QUINTAS BAYLINA MAFALDA COST Association
REBOUL GUILLAUME CNRS, ESE lab, DEEM team
RUIZ-MIRAZO KEPA University of The Basque Country
SARACENO PAOLO IAPS-INAF
SEGERSTAHL MARGARETA Bisari Research Institute
SFORNA MARIE CATHERINE University of Liege
SHI MIN University of Liege
SLABY EWA Institute of Geologial Sciences PAS
SPANG ANJA NIOZ
SPONER JUDIT Institute of Biophysics, AVČR v.v.i., Czech Republic
STRBAK OLIVER Biomedical Center Martin
SVIRCEV ZORICA University of Novi Sad
SZUSZKIEWICZ EWA CASA
TAUTVAISIENE GRAZINA Vilnius University
TOMISLAV JURKIC University of Rijeka – Department of Physics
TRUNEC DAVID Brno University of Technology
VLADILO GIOVANNI INAF – Astrophysical Observatory of Trieste
WALTEMATHE MICHAEL Ruhr-University Bochum
WILMOTTE ANNICK University of Liege
WUDARSKA ALICJA Institute of Geologial Sciences PAS
ZYMAK ILLIA J. Heyrovsky Institute of Physical Chemistry of the CAS