1. University of São Paulo (USP) Research Unit in Astrobiology (NAP-Astrobio)

    Website: www.astrobiobrazil.org

    Jorge Ernesto Horvath foton@astro.iag.usp.br
    Douglas Galante douglas.galante@lnls.br
    Instituto de Astronomia, Geofísica e Ciências Atmosféricas
    Universidade de São Paulo
    São Paulo, Brazil

    NAP-Astrobio Activities

    Astrobiologia – uma ciência emergente Book published in 2016
    Authored by Douglas Galante, Evandro Pereira Da Silva, Fabio Rodrigues, Jorge Horvath, and Marcio De Avellar, the book is an introduction to Astrobiology written in Portuguese. You can read about the book and download it for free here.

    Dr. Douglas Galante Presentation to the NAI EC at AbSciCon 2015

    Science without Borders
    Participating in this Brazilian nationwide scholarship program seeking to strengthen and expand the initiatives of science and technology, innovation and competitiveness through international mobility of undergraduate and graduate students and researchers.

    7th International Workshop on Thermodynamics, Disequilibrium and Evolution Dr. Douglas Galante along with the NAI TDE focus group hosted the 7th International Workshop on Thermodynamics, Disequilibrium and Evolution, on September 24 – 26, 2014, in Campinas, Brazil. The workshop took place at the Brazilian Synchrotron Light Source. http://pages.cnpem.br/tde2014/

    About the University of São Paulo Research Unit in Astrobiology

    In 2012, NAP-Astrobio became an NAI Affiliate Partner to enable opportunities for the exchange of researchers and students as well as to collaborate on international projects. NAP-Astrobio is a virtual organization reporting to the Research Provost of the University of São Paulo. Its purpose is to provide a structure for virtual scientific collaboration as well as the organization of meetings, seminars, and schools. It currently includes São Paulo state researchers as well as colleagues distributed countrywide and abroad.

    The astrobiology research program being pursued by Brazilian scientists is divided into topics aimed at improving our understanding of life’s place in the universe:

    • Planetary dynamics, exoplanets and habitability
    • Formation of prebiotic molecules, origin and past life on Earth
    • Information coding and evolution
    • Life in extreme environments
    • Modeling of extraterrestrial environments
    • Changes in planetary environments and the future of life on Earth

    The NAI and NAP-Astrobio envision that this partnership will focus initially on the following areas:

    • Establishing high-fidelity communication links (e.g., videoconference capability) between US and Brazilian researchers to facilitate communication and collaboration;
    • Identifying Brazilian research field sites of mutual interest to both Brazilian and US astrobiology researchers;
    • Exchange of research scientists and students in support of collaborative research; and
    • Cooperation in training programs for students and early career investigators.