Valmynd Leit

Life in extreme environment and the search for life on Mars

Sunday July 8th at 14:00-17:00 in Borgir, Norđurslóđ 2, 600 Akureyri

Recent observations indicate that organic matter is present on the planet Mars in more quantities than previously thought. Does it mean that life is or has been found on this unsuspecting planet? What conclusions can we draw from microorganism in a similar environment here on Earth?

The presentation will discuss current research conducted by the Environmental Protection Group of the University of Akureyri.

Presentations will be conducted in English, but they will be accessible to people without special knowledge of microbiology or geochemistry.

In connection with the presentation there will be an exhibition of photographs from the Danakil region in Ethiopia, where there are particularly tough microorganisms to be found.

14.00 Welcome address. Mars and Iceland – what do they have in common?

Oddur Vilhelmsson, University of Akureyri. 

14.25 Observing and confirming liquid water on Mars: present conclusions and future possibilities

Anshuman Bhardwaj, Luleĺ Technical University. 

14.50 Iceland - a stepping stone to the Moon and Mars

Örlygur Hnefill Örlygsson, The Exploration Museum. 

15.15 Coffee break

15.30 Surtshellir in Hallmundarhraun. Historical overview, exploration, memories, damage, an attempt to reconstruct its glorious past

Árni B. Stefánsson, Hellarannsóknafélag Íslands. 

15.55 Night Life: the search for life in caves on Earth and Mars

Nina Kopacz, Utrecht University.

16.25 Life the Universe, and Astrobiology: From Iceland Volcanoes to Mars

Amanda Stockton, Georgia Institute of Technology. 

16.50 The inhospitable Danakil region of Ethiopia gives us clues about life on Mars!

Barbara Cavalazzi, University of Bologna. 

17.15 Opening of exhibition

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Nordurslod 2         600 Akureyri, Iceland         unak@unak.is         Tel. +354 460 8000 

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