BEACON
Canary Islands, Spain
25 April - 1 May 2022

An opportunity for interested scientists and students in Astrobiology from Europe and beyond

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About BEACON

The Biennial European Astrobiology Conference (BEACON) brings scientists and experts in the Astrobiology field from Europe and beyond. BEACON will take place at the La Palma &Teneguia Princess Hotel on La Palma Island (Canary Islands, Spain) from 25 April – 1 May 2022.

La Palma offers a multitude of relevant research infrastructures (telescopes) and locations (active volcanoes, recent lava fields, Mars-analogue landscapes, etc.) We will visiting many of these sites during our conference excursion. 

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 along the “Volcano route” (Ruta de los Volcanes) spanning several active volcanoes above 1600m altitude. Outreach events for the general public will also be held.

The programme starts on April 25th in the morning and ends on May 1st in the evening. With around 16 invited talks (30 min) and 30 contributed talks (15 minutes), in addition to a poster session that will take place on the 25th and the 26th. On the 29th there will be an excursion to the Caldeira de Taburiente and the Gran Telescópio Canarias and the Telescopio Nazionale Galilei.

A walk on the close-by Teneguia lava field on the 27th will be organised, as well as an after conference-walk on the Ruta de Volcanes on Sunday the 1st of May.

BEACON Keynote Speakers

Janice Bishop

SETI, USA

Bertram Bitsch

MPIA Heidelberg, Germany

Joanna Drazkowska

LMU Munich, Germany

Michael Gillon​

University of Liège, Belgium​

Lisa Kaltenegger

Cornell University, USA

Nancy Kiang

NASA Goddard Space Flight Centre, USA

Ana-Catalina Plesa

German Aerospace Center, Germany

Eörs Szathmáry

Eötvös Lorand University, Hungary

BEACON Topics

Evolution and Traces of Early Life and Life under Extreme Condition

Tracing Life and Identifying Habitable Environments

Formation and Evolution of Planetary Systems and Detection of Habitable Worlds

Biosignatures and the Detection of Life beyond Earth

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

The Pathway to Complexity: From Simple Molecules to First Life​

Historical, Philosophical, Societal and Ethical Issues in Astrobiology

Protoplanetary disks and their physical and chemical processes

Planetary Environments and Habitability​

If you’re interested in taking part in poster sessions, please submit your abstracts by the deadline of January 31st here.

BEACON Venue

La Palma Teneguia Princess Hotel

Carretera de la Costa 10, Cerca Vieja
E-38740 Fuencaliente de la Palma

The conference's venue is located on La Palma Island (Canary Islands, Spain).

Update: A volcanic eruption occured on the island of La Palma in October 2021, where the BEACON conference 2022 will take place. The conference venue itself seems not to be threatened by the eruption, but EAI will be monitoring the developments very closely. We will keep you updated about any further developments. First estimates of the duration of the eruption are in the range of 6-8 weeks. You can follow the eruption here.

The Accommodation booking has to be done at the hotel website directly. You can use our Promo code: PHYSICSTOCKHOLM

Please do not mix up La Palma (IATA code SPC) with Palma de Mallorca or Las Palmas (Gran Canaria) when booking your flight! You would otherwise end up on an island around 100 or 1000 miles from the conference venue.

Bienvenidos a la Isla Bonita (La Palma)!

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