Astrobiology Webinar

Astrobiology is one of the interdisciplinary areas of science that is rapidly evolving and has the potential to reveal the mystery that shrouds the Origin of Life. The research carried out in India in this trans disciplinary field is developing, and there is a lot of interest to engage in astrobiology research at various levels. There are a few courses works in astrobiology taught in academic institutions. Many students are interested in carrying out short and long term projects in astrobiology.

The unforeseen circumstances that we are facing now due to COVID19 pandemic has heavily affected the summer projects at various levels, especially for emerging research area, such as astrobiology. It is imperative to keep up the momentum. Hence, we are organizing a webinar series of astrobiology lectures from international and national academics carrying out astrobiology research and teaching.

The series of talks will begin on 02 June 2020 and will go on for more than a month. Link to webinar registration can be found below. Link to the webinar will be shared a day before the scheduled talk to the registered participants.

List of speakers:

  • Charles Cockell, University of Edinburgh, UK
  • Chris McKay, NASA, USA.
  • Nigel Mason, University of Kent, UK.
  • Karen Olsson, The Open University, UK.
  • Rebecca Thombre, Modern College, India.
  • Hugh Hill, International Space University, France.
  • Sudha Rajamani, IISER, Pune, India.
  • Ravikumar Hosamani, UASD, Dharwad, India.
  • Andre Antunes, State Key Laboratory for Lunar and Planetary Science, Macau SAR, China.
  • Parag Vaishampayan, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, USA.
  • Binita Phartiyal, BSIP, India
  • Ankan Das, ICSP, India
Please Note: More speakers will be added to the list.


  • Charles Cockell - 2nd June 2020 - Time 2:30 PM (IST)
    Title: Microbiology in Space: Searching for Life, Preparing for Human Settlement
  • Chris McKay - 9th June 2020 - Time 10 AM (IST)
    Title: The search for a second genesis life on other worlds in our Solar System
  • Karen Olsson - 16th June 2020 - Time 2:30 PM (IST)
    Title: Searching for Evidence of Life: From Earth Analogue Field Sites to Laboratory Simulations
  • Nigel Mason - 23rd June 2020 - Time 2:30 PM (IST)
    Title: Astrobiology using spectroscopy
  • Andre Antunes - 30th June 2020 - Time 2:30 PM (IST)
    Title: Terrestrial Analogues and Astrobiology: Life in the Mysterious Deep-sea Brines
  • Dr Parag Vaishampayan - 14th July 2020 - Time 2:30 PM (IST)
    Title: How I started worrying about bugs on the Spacecraft!
  • Rebecca Thombre - 21th July 2020 - Time 2:30 PM (IST)
    Title: Extremophiles in Astrobiology
  • Dr Binita Phartiyal - 28th July 2020 - Time 2:30 PM (IST)
    Title: Ladakh-cold arid desert: a terrestrial analogue of Mars
  • Dr Ravikumar Hosamani - 05th August 2020 - Time 11:30 AM (IST)
    Title: Flies in space: Relevance to astronaut's health
The schedule of more talks with date and time will be posted in due course.
Keep visiting this page for updates.

Registration (Link is Now Open)

Kindly Click Here for the Registration Form.

Link to live streaming

Please Click here for Live Streaming Link.

Link to Recorded Sessions

Please Click here for June 2, 2020 Session Link - Speaker Charles Cockell
Please Click here for June 9, 2020 Session Link - Speaker Chris McKay
Please Click here for June 16, 2020 Session Link - Speaker Karen Olsson
Please Click here for June 23, 2020 Session Link - Speaker Nigel John Mason
Please Click here for June 30, 2020 Session Link - Speaker Andre Antunes
Please Click here for July 14, 2020 Session Link - Speaker Parag Vaishampayan
Please Click here for July 21, 2020 Session Link - Speaker Rebecca Thombre
Please Click here for July 28, 2020 Session Link - Speaker Dr Binita Phartiyal

Organized by

B Sivaraman (Physical Research Laboratory, Ahmedabad) R Thombre (Modern college, Pune) K G Sreejalekshmi (Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology, Trivandrum)