Venue of the HIFOL colloquia:

Königstuhl 17, Heidelberg: Auditorium of Haus der Astronomie

Coming Colloquia


07.02.2018 – Daniel Apai

(University of Arizona)

Title: Building Habitable Worlds: Exo-Earth Formation and the Delivery of Volatiles and Organics

Abstract: Thanks to NASA’s Kepler mission we now expect tens of billions of earth-sized habitable zone planets to exist just within the Milky Way galaxy. However, we do not know what is the composition and chemical diversity of these planets — consequently, we do not know what fraction of these planets could be truly earth-like. Even the Solar System rocky planets display a significant diversity in properties that stems from differences in their formation and evolutionary pathways. Over the past decades much progress has been made in understanding planet formation, but it remains a challenge to combine the knowledge on planet formation into a powerful predictive tool capable of aiding the identification of systems most likely to host earth-like planets and helping the interpretation of the observed properties of such worlds. Our NASA-funded Earths in Other Solar Systems program is a major interdisciplinary effort to understand how earth-sized habitable zone planets form and acquire their volatiles and organics inventory. Within EOS we carry out fourteen closely coordinated research projects to explore the key aspects of this question: we combine state-of-the-art studies of primitive meteorites and pre-solar grains with protoplanetary disk observations and disk evolution models, with studies of individual exoplanets and statistical studies of the exoplanet population, finally contrasting these with planet formation models. In this talk I will review the major events in the solar system’s formation and compare these with observations of forming and fully-formed exoplanetary systems. I will highlight several key results from our EOS team and show how our developing understanding of exoplanet formation informs target selection and the designs for next generation space missions that may be capable of searching for atmospheric biosignatures.

Past Colloquia

29.11.2017 – Mark van Zuilen

(Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris)

Title: Tracing Life in the early Rock Record

08.11.2017 – Ralf Kaiser

(University of Hawaii)

Title: "Exploiting Tunable Vacuum Ultraviolet Light to Unravel the Synthesis of Biorelevant Molecules in Deep Space"

26.07.2017 - Sebastian Pallmann

(Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, München)

Title: "Scouting Chemical Networks" Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, München)

14.06.2017 – Mark Harrison

(University of California, Los Angeles)

Title: "A New View of Early Earth and its Habitability"

03.05.2017 – Frank Postberg

(Institute of Earth Sciences, University of Heidelberg)

Title: "The Search for Life on Icy Ocean Moons in the Solar System"

12.04.2017 – Bernard Marty

(Centre de Recherches Pétrographiques et Géochimiques Vandœuvre-lès-Nancy, France)

Title: "Origin of Water and other Volatile Elements in Inner Planets, in the Light of the Recent Results from the Rosetta Mission"

11.01.2017 – Edwin Bergin

(University of Michigan, Department of Astronomy)

Title: "Tracing the Ingredients of Habitable Worlds from the Interstellar Medium through Planet Formation"

21.12.2016 – Uwe J. Meierhenrich

(Université Nice Sophia Antipolis Institut de Chimie de Nice)

Title: "The Cometary Rosetta Mission: Analytical Chemistry on the Nucleus of Comet 67P"

30.11.2016 – Christian Hallmann

(Max-Planck-Institute for Biogeochemistry, MARUM, University of Bremen)

Title: "Biomarker-hydrocarbon indicators for the early evolution of life on Earth"

16.11.2016 – Albrecht Ott

(Universität des Saarlandes)

Title: "Spontaneous Autocatalysis in a Prebiotic Broth"

05.10.2016 – Bruce Fegley

(Washington University St. Louis)

Title: "Chemical models of Earth's early atmosphere"

01.06.2016 – Peter Schuster

(University of Vienna)

Title: "From Darwin’s Natural Selection to Reproducing Molecular Networks"

18.05.2016 – Ximena C. Abrevaya

(CONICET, Buenos Aires)

Title: "Astrobiology: interdisciplinary approaches for a multidisciplinary science"

11.05.2016 – Paul Higgs

(Origins Institute, McMaster University, Ontario)

Title: "From Chemistry to Biology: How did the RNA World get started?" (Organized by Th. K. Henning) 

06.04.2016 – Farid Salama

(NASA-Ames Research Center, CA, USA)

Title: "Organic Matter in Space" (Organized by Th. K. Henning) 

09.03.2016 – Lisa Kaltenegger

(Associate Professor of Astronomy @ Cornell University and Director of the Carl Sagan Institute)

Title: "Rocky Exoplanets and the Scientific Concept of Habitable Worlds"

10.02.2016 – Ralph Pudritz

(McMaster University Hamilton, Canada)

Title: "Amino acid and Nucleobase Synthesis in Meteoritic Parent Bodies"

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