Franco-Australian Astrobiology and Exoplanet Summer School and Workshop 16-20 December, 2017

The Australian National University (ANU) in collaboration with the Paris Sciences et Lettres (PSL) Research University will host the first Franco-Australian Astrobiology and Exoplanet School and Workshop from December 16 – 20, 2017 at the Australian National University

Exoplanets and astrobiology are rapidly emerging fields that combine astronomy, biology, and earth sciences. Over the past 20 years, astronomers have detected thousands of planets orbiting other stars.   Researchers are now working on detecting more exoplanets, the statistical analyses of exoplanet data, the star-formation/planet-formation connection, the chemical characterization of exoplanets, extending and reconceptualising the traditional circumstellar habitable zone, exploring the limits of life on Earth, and trying to discover when and in what environmental context life originated on Earth. Key questions to answer are: How can we find nearby habitable Earth-like planets? How can the science of the remote detection of biosignatures be advanced? How can our knowledge of life on Earth be used to inform the quest to find life elsewhere in the universe?

This school and workshop, jointly sponsored by ANU and PSL, will bring leading experts from France, Australia and around the world to review these topics and identify new avenues for answering these questions. The outcomes of this workshop will inform future collaborative projects between Australia and France in this field.

The first 2 days (Dec 16 & 17) will be a school with lectures intended for PhD, Masters and undergraduate students. The following 3 days will be a workshop with research presentations on astrobiology and exoplanets formatted as in previous Australian Exoplanet Workshops.


Download the program: Tentative Program

For further information, please contact Charley Lineweaver (

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