Astrobiology and Society in Europe Today

  • Klara Anna Capova
  • Erik Persson
  • Tony Milligan
  • David Dunér

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Astronomy book series (BRIEFSASTRON)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. T. Milligan, K. A. Capova, D. Dunér, E. Persson
    Pages 1-6
  3. D. Dunér, K. A. Capova, M. Gargaud, W. Geppert, A. Kereszturi, E. Persson
    Pages 7-10
  4. E. Persson, A. Anglés, L. Billings, E. Nabulya, S. Ramos, K. Smith et al.
    Pages 11-17
  5. K. A. Capova, L. Dartnell, D. Dunér, A. Melin, P. T. Mitrikeski
    Pages 19-24
  6. E. Persson, J. Martínez-Frías, T. Milligan, J. Arnould, G. Kminek
    Pages 25-30
  7. W. Geppert, D. Dunér, E. Hemminger, Z. Kaňuchová, M. Waltemathe
    Pages 31-35
  8. E. Chatzitheodoridis, K. A. Capova, E. Persson
    Pages 37-39
  9. N. Mason, K. A. Capova, P. Laine, A. Losiak, Z. Martins, L. Noack et al.
    Pages 41-46
  10. W. Geppert, M. Gargaud
    Pages 47-53
  11. T. Milligan, K. A. Capova, D. Dunér, E. Persson
    Pages 55-60
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 61-72

About this book


This White Paper describes the state of astrobiology in Europe today and its relation to the European society at large. With contributions from authors in twenty countries and over thirty scientific institutions worldwide, the document illustrates the societal implications of astrobiology and the positive contribution that astrobiology can make to European society.

The White paper has two main objectives: 1. It recommends the establishment of a European Astrobiology Institute (EAI) as an answer to a series of challenges relating to astrobiology but also European research, education and the society at large. 2. It also acknowledges the societal implications of astrobiology, and thus the role of the social sciences and humanities in optimizing the positive contribution that astrobiology can make to the lives of the people of Europe and the challenges they face.

This book is recommended reading for science policy makers, the interested public, and the astrobiology community.


Astrobiology in Europe European Astrobiology Institute Space humanities Space policy Ecological sustainability Science innovation Societal implications of astrobiology Research policy Life origins Habitable planets, Exoplanets

Editors and affiliations

  • Klara Anna Capova
    • 1
  • Erik Persson
    • 2
  • Tony Milligan
    • 3
  • David Dunér
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of AnthropologyDurham UniversityDurhamUK
  2. 2.Department of PhilosophyLund UniversityLundSweden
  3. 3.Department of Theology & Religious StudiesKings College LondonLondonUK
  4. 4.Department of Arts and Cultural Sciences and Division of History of Ideas and SciencesLund UniversityLundSweden

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy Physics and Astronomy (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-96264-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-96265-8
  • Series Print ISSN 2191-9100
  • Series Online ISSN 2191-9119
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