Building Habitable Worlds 3… and SPERO!

Edinburgh will host the third early career astrobiology meeting, Building Habitable Worlds in February 2017


More details here


Tuesday 21 February 2017


UK Centre for Astrobiology, CSEC Seminar Room, Erskine Williamson Building, King’s Buildings, University of Edinburgh


Building Habitable Worlds is an annual one-day meeting for early career scientists with an interest in astrobiology, providing an opportunity for networking and expressing your views on the future and direction of astrobiology research in the UK. The day will consist of a morning of talks from participants, while the afternoon will be focussed on group discussions to explore new ideas for collaboration and future links between participants.


Register on before 1 February 2017 (no registration fee). The first inaugural meeting of the Scottish Planetary Research Network (SPERO) will take place in Edinburgh the next day (22 February 2017), for which participants can also register using the same link. Questions to


New prison astrobiology initiative begins

Life Beyond is an initiative of the UK Centre for Astrobiology to take astrobiology into the prison environment. It begins in 2016 with a series of visits to prisons in Scotland including HMP Shotts, Edinburgh, Glenochil and Lowmoss.


HMP Shotts, one of the prisons taking part in Life Beyond.

HMP Shotts, one of the prisons taking part in Life Beyond.


The programme uses astrobiology to discuss major civilisation-level questions such as how we explore and settle other planets and how we live sustainably on the Earth. Through the subject, inmates take part in thinking about and discussing some of the major challenges and opportunities that our civilisation faces.


The purpose of Life Beyond is to:

1) Enrich the lives of those serving prison terms.

2) Augment and advance science education in prisons.

3) Engage inmates in lectures and inmate-led discussions on the future of civilisation.


MINAR 5 – Spaceward Bound 2017

The UKCA will host its fifth Mine Analogue Research (MINAR) campaign at the Boulby Mine in October 2017, the site of 250 million year-old Permian evaporite deposits. The two week analogue campaign will be run jointly with NASA Spaceward Bound and will focus on science, technology testing and analogue research following on from its previous work. (you can access a paper on this activity here: Planetary Science and Exploration in the Deep Subsurface.)


The campaign will  be preceded by a one day workshop on ‘Subsurface Gases: From Mines to Mars’ looking at how subsurface gases are produced and what we can learn about their presence in mining environments.


There is an open call for projects and experiments that can be found here.