São Paulo Advanced School of Astrobiology: Making Connections

The Sao Paulo Advanced School of Astrobiology (SPASA) – Making Connections is meant to bring together renowned researchers, students and early career post-docs of different countries and backgrounds to exchange experience. The school is organized in three core subjects covering the areas of Astronomy, Biology/Chemistry and Planetary Science/Geology, going from the origin of the Universe and elements, formation of planets, to the origin and evolution of life. One or more specialist(s) give an overview of each area, covering its main topics, in the format of a short-course. Individual lectures cover more specific subjects, showing research opportunities and recent results. The potential social impact of Astrobiology is explored in sessions on outreach and education. The participants are encouraged to present their current or intClosed research on a poster session during the event.
  • Institution

    Instituto de Astronomia, Geofísica e Ciências Atmosféricas / Universidade de São Paulo

  • Field of Knowledge


  • Academic Director

    Jorge Ernesto Horvath

  • Grant Number


  • Date

    2011-12-11 to 2011-12-20

  • Registration Deadline


  • Site


  • City

    São Paulo

  • Keywords

    Astrobiology, Extrasolar planets, Extremophile, Origin and evolution of life, Bio-signatures, Extraterrestrial life

  • Program Hide


    Lisa Kaltenegger
    Max-Planck-Institut für Astronomie, Heidelberg, Germany

     - Planets everywhere - especially small ones?
     - Characterizing a planet - CSI for exoplanets
     - Super-Earth & Life - what does habitable really mean?

    Lynn Rothschild
    NASA Ames Research Center, Moffet Field CA, USA

     - Great moments in evolution
     - Life in the extremes and what that means for looking for life elsewhere
     - Replaying the tape and the future of life 

    Norman Sleep
    Stanford University, Palo Alto CA, USA

     - Serpentinite and the Dawn of life
     - Free Oxygen: Interaction of Biology and Tectonics 

    Steven Benner

     - Foundation for Applied Molecular Evolution, Gainesville FL, USA
     - The origin of Darwinian chemical systems
     - Paleogenetics: placing experiments behind models for the historical past 



    Alicia Kowaltowski
    Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil
     - Bioenergetics 

    Alinka Lepine-Szily
    Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil
     - Nuclear astrophysics and the formation of chemical elements on the Universe 

    Álvaro Penteado Crósta
    Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Brazil
     - The role of cosmic impacts in the evolution of the Earth 

    Amancio Friaça
    Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil
     - Chemical evolution of the Universe and the evolution of complexity

    Antonio Lazcano
    Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico
     - The origin of life: did it all start in a Darwinian warm little pond? 

    Arnaldo Naves de Brito
    Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Brazil
      - Monitoring prebiotic evolution with synchrotron light

    Carl Pilcher
    NASA Astrobiology Institute, USA
     - Videoconference on international collaboration opportunities with NAI 

    Claudia A.S. Lage
    Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
     - Probing the limits of extremophilic life in extraterrestrial-simulated experiments 

    David Gilichinsky
    Soil Criology Laboratory – Russian Academy of Science, Russia
     - Permafrost Astrobiology: Terrestrial Permafrost Models of Martian Habitats and Inhabitants 

    Eduardo Janot Pacheco
    Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil
     - Searching for exoplanets with the new generation of telescopes 

    Gustavo Porto de Melo
    Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
     - Planetary habitable zones in astrobiology 

    Howell Edwards
    University of Bradford, UK
     - Raman spectroscopy of extremophiles from hot and cold desert environments from mars oasis Antarctica to planet Mars: the search for life signatures on Mars – the ExoMars missio

    Jorge Horvath
    Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil
     - Gamma-ray events on habitable planets 

    Marcelo Gleiser
    Darthmouth College, USA
     - From the Big Bang to Life: The merging of two cosmic histories
     - The Chirality of Life: From Phase Transitions to Astrobiology 

    Martin Brasier
    University of Oxford, UK
     - Searching for the emergence of life in early planetary records
     - Decoding the protozoan-animal transition within the Ediacara biota 

    Nélio Bizzo
    Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil
     - Real Science in School Settings? Mind the gap!
     - The Phoenix discoveries and their astrobiological implications 

    Nilton Rennó
    University of Michigan, USA  

    Paulo Artaxo
    Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil
     - Climate change and its biological forcing 

    Paulo Bretones
    Universidade Federal de São Carlos, Brazil
     - General discussion on education/outreach 

    Steven J. Dick
    Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, USA
     - Critical Issues in the History, Philosophy, and Sociology of Astrobiology 

    Thomas Fairchild
    Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil
     - Evolution of Precambrian life in the Brazilian geological record 

    Thyrso Villela Neto
    Agência Espacial Brasileira, Brazil
     - An Overview of the Brazilian Space Program 

    Tie Koide
    Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil
     - Extremophile systems biology: towards mechanistic gene regulatory models 

    Vivian H. Pellizari
    Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil
     - Contributions of life in extreme environments in Brazil