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.
Over the past twenty years, astronomers have observed more than 3,000 extrasolar planets, consequently revealing the diversity of planets that exist in the universe. This has opened door for us to re-examine and re-define theories on the origin and evolution of planetary systems, and it has also brought us to the point where discovering extra-terrestrial life has become a real possibility. The ever-increasing number of detections continues to drive exoplanet research forward and we are currently on the cusp of a technological revolution where near-future space and ground-based observatories will allow an unprecedented opportunity to further explore and characterise smaller, potentially habitable exoplanets for signs of life.
Key questions to answer are: Do protoplanetary disks include compositional trends that imprint on the future planets? What should future observations of Solar System bodies focus on? Where should we search for nearby habitable Earth-like planets? How can the science of the remote detection of biosignatures be advanced? What can our knowledge of life on Earth tell us about 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 these fields. This event is supported by the Embassy of France in Australia through the Creative France Short program initiative.
Australian National University
Crawford School of Public Policy
132 Lennox Crossing, Canberra, ACT, Australia
School: December 16 to 17, 2017
Workshop: December 18 to 20, 2017
Charley Lineweaver (chair) (RSAA/RSES, ANU)
Stephane Mazevet (PSL)
Michael Ireland (RSAA, ANU)
Vickie Bennett (RSES, ANU)
Lucyna Kedziora-Chudczer (UNSW)
Sarah McIntyre (chair) (RSAA)
Brad Tucker (RSAA)
Eloise Birchall (RSAA)
Geoffrey Bonning (RSES)
Haiyang Wang (RSAA)
Adam Rains (RSAA)