News 2017

Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Seminar: The emergence of planetary intelligence: an astrobiological perspective on the Anthropocene

Dr. David Grinspoon (Planetary Science Institute)

Tuesday 13th of June 2017
from 11:00-12:00
Room: Linné Hall, The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Lilla Frescativägen 4A, Stockholm

As a planetary astrobiologist, David Grinspoon studies the relationships between biological and planetary evolution. He sees the geological epoch of the Anthropocene as the advent of a radically new type of planetary change.

In this seminar, he will discuss the concept of planetary intelligence and propose that the current moment in Earth history may not be merely an epoch boundary, a common occurrence in Earth history, but a major transition in the nature of the planet, the advent of Earth’s 5th Eon, which he suggests could be called the “Sapiezoic”. He will address implications for the project of building a sustainable planetary civilization as well as the search for extraterrestrial .



Anna Neubeck is attending the HABIT-meeting i Luleå
ABC is involved in the ExoMars Mission and in May 30-31, 2017 the science team involved in the Swedish ExoMars instrument HABIT (HAbitability, Brines, Irradiation and Temperature) will meet for the first time in Luleå, Sweden to discuss future experiments and developments coupled to the instrument.
More information on HABIT can be found here:

Yearly Meeting of the Stockholm University Astrobiology Center, 9 -11 May 2017

The yearly meeting will be held in Tällberg at the Siljan Crater.



Seminar by Emma Hammarlund (Lund University)

Friday 28 April 2017
from 15:00
Room: Lilla Hörsalen, Swedish Museum of Natural History

The radiation of animals in the so-called Cambrian ‘explosion’ was a late event in Earth history and its drivers remains unresolved. Environmental drivers, such as an increase of atmospheric oxygen, and ecological drivers, like the innovation of predation, have been associated to the Cambrian explosion while developmental drivers remain largely unexplored. Here, I will present clues from tumor biology demonstrating the necessity for multicellularity – albeit in its unwanted form of tumors – to manage cell responses associated with low oxygen (hypoxic). Hypoxic cell responses can promote the immature phenotype of cells (stemness), which is essential for all tissue renewal – also in healthy animal tissue. The tumour analogy results in new questions regarding animal evolution: How can we renew tissue despite an oxic setting and how did we adapt into the oxic setting? I will take you through my ideas of the cellular tools that allowed bilaterian animals to enter into the oxic realm, and there diversify during the Cambrian. That tissue requires hypoxia for stemness has bearing, I claim, on what it takes for large life to evolve also on other planets.


25 april kl 18:00-19:15 på Naturhistoriska Riksmuseet i Stockholm
Finns det liv någon annanstans i rymden än på jorden?

Välkommen till specialkväll på Cosmonova där vi blickar ut i universum i jakten på utomjordiskt liv.

En kväll som väcker tankar och känslor med fokus på det snabbt växande ämnet astrobiologi. Kom och möt en astronom samt museets egen geolog, just hemkommen från ett forskarmöte på NASA.


Early Earth and ExoEarths: origin and evolution of life

Workshop: Warsaw, Poland 3-7 April, 2017

The meeting will cover a multitude of scientific subjects ranging from star and planet formation until the early evolution of life on Earth. It aims to bring together astronomers, physicists, chemists, geologists and biologists as well as academics and students from humanities to discuss the most important questions and newest findings in all related disciplines.


Seminar by Roman Zubarev (Karolinska Institutet)

Friday 17 February 2017
from 15:15 to 18:00
Room: TBD

Early life relict feature in peptide mass distribution

Zubarev, R.A., Artemenko, K.A., Zubarev, A.R. et al. cent.eur.j.biol. (2010) 5: 190. doi:10.2478/s11535-009-0069-2


3rd landing site workshop for the 2020 Mars Rover mission

February 8-10th the 3rd landing site workshop for the 2020 Mars Rover mission will be held in Pasadena California. Magnus Ivarsson, Anna Neubeck and Diana Carlsson from Stockholm University Astrobiology Centre will attend. Magnus Ivarsson and Anna Neubeck will also attend the In-person working meeting "Finding signs of past rock-hosted life" that will be held at Caltech prior to the 3rd landing site workshop.


Seminar by Kirsi Lehto (University of Turku)

Friday 27 January 2017
from 10:00 to 11:00
Room: Lilla Hörsalen, Swedish Museum of Natural History

The TimeTrek is a 13,8 km long walking trail, and a timeline of the whole history of the world, where correctly timed information points for the most important events are posted along the trail. This timeline was produced in 2011 by a group of scientists from different departments of the University of Turku and Åbo Akademi. It locates in the outskirts of Turku, leading from the Tuorla observatory to the University.  This science popularization project aims to portray the history of world as one holistic continuum, where all the different sciences contribute their own parts to the same big story of the world.  The other aim of the walkable trail is to demonstrate to visitors, in a very concrete way, the physical dimension of the evolutionary, geological and cosmological time scales. Each meter on the trail corresponds to one million years of time. The duration of the Homo sapiens species is contained only in the last 20 cm of the trail, and the length of the human technical civilization, since beginning of the agriculture, is contained within the last 1 cm. 

In the past year we have been working to develop the TimeTrek concept into more digital, and more audio-visual format. New background histories for all events, as well as new illustrations and narrations have been added to the project page (www.timetrek.fi/timeline). During January 2017 a new gamified application is added, with AR and VR illustrations for many of the time points. The whole timetrek-story is also aimed to be produced as a large audiovisual show for the large planetarium screen. 

A still much larger application was recently planned and submitted as a eTimeTrek plan to the Horizon2020 call titled Open Schooling and collaboration on science education. The plan contained a large consortium from 10 European countries, including Sweden, and aimed to produce the eTimeTrek concept in digital gamified format as learning materials for schools, for museums and planetariums, and for the social media. This effort will be renewed in the upcoming call for “Science education outside classroom”:       http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/portal/desktop/en/opportunities/h2020/topics/swafs-11-2017.html



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