About this Research Topic
Astrobiology investigates the origin, evolution, occurrence of past, present and future life in the Universe. It is a multidisciplinary science that embraces a variety of scientific disciplines including but not limited to physics, chemistry, biology, paleontology, geology, space exploration, planetary science, astronomy and astrophysics. There are numerous universities and research institutions in the German-speaking world where both astrobiology research and teaching are being conducted. As a common umbrella organization for the astrobiology researchers working in those institutions, The German Astrobiological Society (DAbg), which started its activities in 2016, seeks to increase the international visibility of astrobiology in Germany and other German speaking countries by bringing together astrobiology researchers from those countries to stimulate their collaboration across the borders. The DAbG sees itself as a part of the European Astrobiology Network Association (EANA). According to its statutes, the DAbG is committed to serve to both scientific community and the general public.
The goals and objectives of the DAbG are, in particular:
- Promoting research, teaching and education in the field of astrobiology;
- Promoting and maintaining of the scientific exchange of information in the field of astrobiology between people from German-speaking countries and German-speaking persons living abroad;
- Facilitating collaboration with international organizations active in the field of astrobiology, in particular with the European Astrobiology Network Association (EANA);
- Advocating scientific cooperation in the field of astrobiology, in particular at universities and other research institutions;
- Promoting university teaching in the field of astrobiology;
- Promoting early career scientists;
- Promoting the astrobiology publications and information systems in the German-speaking areas;
- Popularizing astrobiology for the German-speaking public.
The 4th DAbG workshop is organized under the overarching theme “Life in the Universe”. The sessions of the workshop include the following topics:
- Space Biology
- Origin of Life
- Prebiotic Chemistry
- Space Missions and Technologies
The scientific contributions to this workshop will be collected in this Research Topic of “Frontiers in Astronomy and Space Sciences, Astrobiology Specialty Section”. Participants of the 4th DAbG workshop are welcome to submit articles related to their respective participation at the meeting. All submitted manuscripts will be peer-reviewed.
The Local Organizing Committee would like to thank for support Natural History Museum Vienna (NHM), University of Vienna, Austrian Science Fund (FWF), and Frontiers in Astronomy and Space Sciences, Astrobiology Specialty Section.
Keywords: biosignatures, habitability, planets, extremophiles, exobiology, astrobiology, space missions and technologies
Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.