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Biannual European Astrobiology Conference (BEACON)

Date: 20-24 April 2020

Location: La Palma &Teneguia Princess Hotel , La Palma Island, ES,

The Biannual European Astrobiology Conference (BEACON) will take place at the La Palma &Teneguia Princess Hotel on La Palma Island (Canary Islands, Spain) from 20-24 April 2020. During this meeting also the 2nd General Assembly of the EAI will take place. Scientific sessions are planned covering the following themes:

Formation and Evolution of Planetary Systems and Detection of Habitable Worlds

The Pathway to Complexity: From Simple Molecules to First Life

Planetary Environments and Habitability

Evolution and Traces of Early Life and Life under Extreme Condition

Biosignatures and the Detection of Life beyond Earth

Historical, Philosophical, Societal and Ethical Issues in Astrobiology

Tracing Life and Identifying Habitable Environments

Impacts and their Role in the Evolution of Planets, Moons and Life 

Protoplanetary disks and their physical and chemical processes

The meeting will be open to all interested scientists and students from Europe and beyond.

La Palma offers a multitude of  relevant research infrastructures (telescopes) and locations (active volcanoes, recent lava fields, Mars-analogue landscapes,  etc. During the conference excursion many of these will be visited. A field trip to other astrobiologically interesting field sites on other islands will be organised after the conference as well as an optional after conference walk (Friday 25 April) along the Volcano route (Ruta de los Volcanes) spanning several active volcanoes above 1600m altitude will be offered. Also outreach events for the general public will be held.

The venue offers 4-star  accomodation  at very good prices (e.g. less than EUR 70,-  per person and day for full board in single room). Also the registration fee will be low. Further information will be posted very soon here.

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