The EAI ACADEMY is an international educational program broadcasted by the Centro de Astrobiología (CAB, CSIC-INTA), Madrid. It provides a framework to meet online with the European astrobiology community and to acquire interdisciplinary knowledge through a series of seminars given by experts in these fields.

The Academy audience connects from more than 32 countries and all continents, with an average participation of 120 attendees per seminar. Past editions are accesible through the CAB youtube channel (CAB website 2021-2022, 2022-2023).

The EAI Academy program for the academic year 2023-2024 started on October 4th 2023. The seminars are offered for free and are streamed online via zoom every two weeks on Wednesday from 3:00 to 4:00 PM CET (Madrid time). The talks will be given by world-renowned experts, who answer the questions raised by the public after their talk. All seminars will be recorded for future availability in the CAB youtube channel and the EAI Youtube Channel

At the end of the academic year, CAB awards a certificate of participation to those who attend at least 10 seminars. In order for us to keep track of the attendance, you will need to enter your name and affiliation in the seminar chat when you enter the room (Zoom).

Registration is now closed. 

List of Presenters & Topics

October 4th, 2023 : Dr. Armando Azua Bustos, Centro de Astrobiología, (CAB), INTA-CSIC, Madrid, Spain – 
On the Current limits for detecting evidences of life on Mars

November 15th, 2023: Dr. Nora Noffke, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia, USA
Early Life on Earth Preserved in the Clastic Record

November 29th, 2023: Dr. Guillermo Munioz Caro, Centro de Astrobiología (CAB), INTA-CSIC, Madrid, Spain
From C to COMs (where C = atomic carbon and COMs = Complex Organic Molecules)

December 13th, 2023: Dr. Marco Moracci, Department of Biology, University of Naples, Naples, Italy
Life in extreme conditions: evolution on Earth and elsewhere?

January 10th, 2024: Dr. Helmut Lammer, Space Research Institute (IWF), Austrian Academy of Sciences, Graz, Austria
Early Phase of habitable planets

January 24th, 2024: Dr. Manuel Scherf, Space Research Institute (IWF), Austrian Academy of Sciences, Graz, Austria
The role of host star on the evolution of habitable Exoplanets

February 7th, 2024: Dr. Silvana Pinna, Institut de Science et d’Ingénierie Supramoléculaires (ISIS), Université de Strasbourg, Strasbourg, France
Topic related to “Prebiotic chemistry and the carbon cycle”

February 21st, 2024: Dr. Nadia Balucani, Dipartimento di Chimica, Biologia e Biotecnologie, Universita’ degli Studi di Perugia, Perguia, Italy
Prebiotic chemistry in the gas-phase

March 6th, 2024: Dr. Frances Westall, Centre de biophysique moléculaire (CBM), CNRS, Orleans, France
Topic related to “Traces of early life on Earth”

March 20th, 2024: Dr. Laura Sanchez, Centro de Astrobiología (CAB), INTA-CSIC, Madrid, Spain
Lipid biomarkers, those fatty guys key for the search of (early and extraterrestrial) life

April 3rd, 2024: Dr. Lena Noack, Planetary Geodynamics, Institute of Geological Sciences, Freie Universität, Berlin, Germany
From the interior to the surface

April 17th, 2024: Dr. Marta Ruiz Bermejo, Centro de Astrobiología (CAB), INTA-CSIC, Madrid, Spain
The complex chemistry of the HCN: Open questions in prebiotic chemistry

May 15th, 2024: Dr. Laura Silva, Osservatorio Astronomico di Trieste, National Institute of Astrophysics (INAF), Trieste, Italy
Climate and habitability of rocky planets

May 29th, 2024: Dr. Ludmila Carone, Space Research Institute (IWF), Austrian Academy of Sciences, Graz, Austria
The importance of magma oceans to constrain habitability

June 12th, 2024: Dr. Barbara Cavalazzi, Department of Biological, Geological, and Environmental Sciences, University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy
Topic related to “Traces of early life on Earth”

previous years

Click on the buttons below to see the program, speakers and topics of the previous years. 

All the seminars are recorded and available on the CAB youtube channel and the EAI Youtube Channel

Frequently asked questions

The seminars offer a wide range of topics, such as: “Trips to the outer solar system”, “Habitability of ExoPlanets”, “Life in the dark” and “CoEvolotion of planetary geospheres, atmospheres, and biospheres”.

The sessions will be hosted by the Center for Astrobiology (CAB). If you wish to be included in the EAI-Academy email distribution list to receive the zoom link and meeting access code, please write your full name, institutional affiliation and contact email here.

The CAB will deliver a certificate of participation to those who attend at least 10 seminars. The audience registration will take place, during each session, in the zoom session chat where each member of the audience will include their full name, institution and email for our registration. The individual final certificate will include each of the seminars the applicant has attended.

Additionally, the University of Tartu will award 3 ECTS and a digitally stamped certificate to those who attend a minimum of 10 lectures and complete either a short review of the topic of their own choosing from the list of the EAI Academy lecture series or create a Wikipedia entry about a subject of their choice covered by the seminar, and peer-review one home assignment by a fellow participant. 

If you wish to receive credits, you must register for the continuing learning program at the University of Tartu here and send an email to riho.motlep(at), providing your contact information (Name, Country of Residence, affiliation) before the 31st October 2021.

The seminars will be recorded and made available permanently on the CAB YouTube channel.

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