ISSI Astrobiology Team

The ISSI Astrobiology Team is approved in 2015 and the main goal of the team is to help to accelerate the growth of astrobiolgy in China. The team had a first team meeting in Bern between April 11 and 13, 2016.

The team members are:

Institute Team Member Main Expertise
Laboratoire d’Astrophysique de Bordeaux, France Muriel Gargaud Astrophysics and education/outreach in astrobiology
DLR, Germany Lee Grenfell Exoplanet atmosphere photochemistry
School of Physics, Peking University, China Yongyun Hu Climate and habitability of exoplanets
University of Liege, Belgium Emmanuelle Javaux Early life traces and evolution, biosignatures, habitability
Space Research Institute of the Austrian Academy of Sciences Helmut Lammer Atmospheric escape, evolution of atmospheres, habitability
University Paris XI, France Alain Leger Space missions able to search for exoplanets and biosignatures
University of Science & Technology of China Wei Leng Tectonic evolution impact on planet habitability
The University of Hong Kong Yi-Liang Li Mineral records of the origin and evolution of life
Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada Daniele L. Pinti Isotope geochemistry; isotopic biosignatures
Center for Earth System Science, Tsinghua University, China Feng Tian

(project coordinator)

Evolution and habitability of planets
School of Environment, Tsinghua University, China Yunfeng Yang Microbial engines of earth’s biogeochemical cycles
School of Life Sciences, Tsinghua University, China Ting Zhu Origins of life, nucleic acids biochemistry

The team is also supported by the following scientists:

Institute Supporter Main Expertise
University of Bern, Switzerland Willy Benz Exoplanetary Science
University of Edinburgh, UK Charles Cockell Life in extreme environments, geomicrobiology
DLR, Germany Gerda Horneck Microbe in Space
Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel Addy Pross Origin of Life
University Paris-Est Créteil, France Francois


Planetary exobiology & space instrumentation
Technische Universität Berlin, Germany Dirk Schulze-Makuch Planetary Habitability and the Co-Evolution of Life and its Environment
Laboratoire d’Astrophysique de Bordeaux (CNRS, Univ. Of Bordeaux), France Franck Selsis Exoplanet Atmosphere Photochemistry
Virginia Institute of Technology, United States of America Shuhai Xiao Early Earth Environments
Xiamen University, China Yufen Zhao Origin of Life

A summmary of the first meeting will be posted soon. The 2nd team meeting is scheduled to be held in Beijing in the week of April 23rd, 2017.