UR ASTROBIOLOGY includes two research teams and laboratories, Exotic and Early Life, and collaborates with a large network of national and international researchers.

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he EXOTIC team (EXOplanets in Transit: Identification and Characterization), led by Michaël Gillon, axes its research on the detction and study of transiting exoplanets (passing in front of their star once during each orbit)

The Early Life Traces & Evolution-Astrobiology  team, led by Emmanuelle Javaux, focus its research on biosphere evolution on the early Earth, from the first traces of life to the origin and diversification of complex life, from more than 3.4 to 0.5 billion years ago, and on biosignatures for the search of life beyond Earth. 

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Astrobiology

PORTAL : PhOtotrophy on Rocky habiTAble pLanets

BELSPO BRAIN 2.0

Tackling the questions of the universality and the diversity of phototrophic metabolisms is a critical step in our study of Life on a cosmic scale – the purpose of the interdisciplinary field of astrobiology.

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EXOTIC

Exo-TRAPPIST

2010 -

Exo-TRAPPIST is based on the part-time use (50%) of two small robotic telescopes  (60cm aperture) for the observation of possible or confirmed transiting exoplanets  in order to validate their planetary nature and /or to imporve their characterization.

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EXOTIC

SPECULOOS

European research council

Detect potentially habitable exoplanets around near-by stars in order to constrain the nature, origin, surface conditions, and habitability of these exoplanets and possibly detect chemical traces of life in their atmospheres (biosignatures).

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CHEOPS

CHEOPS is a ESA space mission luanched in  2019. Its objective is to observe at high resolution the transits of exoplanets in orbit around near-by stars.

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Early Life

EXOMARS 2022

ESA

The 2022 mission of the ExoMars programme will deliver a European rover, Rosalind Franklin, and a Russian surface platform, Kazachok, to the surface of Mars.

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Early Life

EXOMARS instrument CLUPI Close-Up Imager

ESA - Josset JL(PI) , F Westall (co-PI), E.Javaux (one of the Co-Is)

CLUPI is a powerful high-resolution color camera used for observations of outcrops and samples collected by the drill, for geological characterization and search for potential morphological biosignatures .

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Early Life

ISSI Forum “Tracers” Portal

ISSI

PI: Inge Loes Ten Kate (NL), co-PIs: Lena Noack (GE), E Javaux (BE)

Early Life

The origin and diversification of eukaryotic metabolisms in light of Earth history - from the deep past into the future

NIOZ-UU call 2020

PIs : Anja Spang (NIOZ); Prof. Dr. Berend Snel (Utrecht Univ), ext coll partner : Prof. Dr. Emmanuelle J. Javaux (Uliege, BE) ; additional partners: Dr. Paul Mason, UU; Dr. Rick Hennekam, NIOZ.

Early Life

Life in Archean coastal environments

FRS-FNRS PDR

PI: E Javaux (ULiege), co-PI: V Debaille (ULB)

Early Life

Barberton Archean Surface Environments, Moodies Group, BGB, South Africa

ICDP workshop and project BASE

PI: C Heubeck, Jena Univ GE; EJ Javaux, ULiege, BE; T Kakegawa, Tohoku Univ, JP; M van Kranendonk, UNSW, Sydney, AU; S Lalonde, Brest, FR; M Homann, UCL London UK; P Mason, Utrecht Univ, NL; M Tice, Texas A& M, USA

Early Life

Evolution and Tracers of Habitability on Mars and the Earth

EOS ET-HOME (BE FRS-FNRS/FWO)

PIs: Debaille V (ULB, coordinator), Claeys P (VUB), Dehant V (UCL), Goderis S (VUB), Javaux EJ (ULiège), Karatekin Ö (ROB), Mattielli N (ULB), Robert S (BISA), Vandaele A C (BISA), Vanhaecke F (U Gent).

Early Life

ELiTE : Early Life Traces and Evolution, & Implications for Astrobiology

EU FP7-ERC Starting Grant 308074

ELiTE: identify the first traces of life and see their evolution and implications for astrobiology

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