The first workshop under the LIFE Research Coordination Network (RCN) has been announced and will take place on October 18th and 20th, 2023.

Life as we know it requires nitrogen, but how does our understanding of the nitrogen cycle inform our search for life in the universe? Where is nitrogen limiting and why? What is the nitrogen cycle like on the oceans of icy moons? On modern and ancient Mars? On possible “Earth like” exoplanets?

To address these questions and shape upcoming space missions, connections are required among planetary scientists, geologists, biologists, and astronomers. The goal of this workshop is to define key questions that should focus research in anticipation of the next generation of astrobiology exploration.

The workshop will take place on October 18th and 20th, 2023, from 7AM to 10AM Pacific Time (1500-1800 UK, 1600-1900 central Europe.) The Workshop will cover three themes:

  • The behavior of nitrogen during Solar System formation
  • Nitrogen cycling on the surface of terrestrial planets
  • Nitrogen availability on icy moons and beyond

    Each session will include short presentations from 3-4 experts, a panel discussion with all speakers and participants, and breakout discussions.

    Participants in the workshop will have the opportunity to contribute to a white paper or submission to Astrobiology, outlining the key directions and outstanding questions about the nitrogen cycle and the search for life. All participants will be invited to contribute to this publication, with guidelines to come.

    Register by using this link: Click Here

    The registration deadline is October 11th, 2023.

    Links to use to attend the meeting will be distributed after registration is complete.