Why us?

From the 2001 occurrence of Red Rain in Sri Lanka to the 2012 meteorite falls in the Polonnaruwa district some areas of astrobiology research has naturally been focussed on this island. Moreover, University of Ceylon Alumnus Vidya Jyothi Prof. Chandra Wickramasinghe being one of the pioneers of this subject, particularly in relation to panspermia, we consider an interdisciplinary conference to be a timely venture. Recent research in many diverse areas of science from microbiology, studies of comets and cometary dust in the stratosphere to the search for habitable extrasolar planets all point to the relevance of such a conference.

The University of Peradeniya recognizing the relevance and importance of this field is pleased to announce the 1st International Conference on Astrobiology to be held in Kandy, Sri Lanka. This conference will provide a timely forum for scientists not only from south Asia, but from around the world who work in the interdisciplinary field of astrobiology — the study of the origin, evolution, distribution, and future of life in the universe — to convene and report on research findings and plan future endeavours.

The field of Astrobiology is a new emerging field encompassing the study of the origin, evolution, distribution, and future of life in the universe: extraterrestrial life and its connection to life on Earth. This interdisciplinary field encompasses the search for habitable environments in our Solar System and habitable planets outside our Solar System, the search for evidence of prebiotic chemistry, laboratory and field research into the origins and early evolution of life on Earth, and studies of the potential for life to adapt to challenges on Earth and in outer space.

Abstract Book


- Complex Organic Molecules in Space

- Recent Studies of Comets

- Meteorites and Red Rain

- Survival of Bacteria and Viruses Under Extreme Conditions

- Recovery of Microorganisms from the Stratosphere

- Buddhism and Cosmic Life

- Fred Hoyle's contributions to science


21st August 2015

1630 Registration and Tea
1700 Commencement of Inaugural Session
1710 National Anthem, Lighting of Oil Lamp
1720 Welcome Address
1730 Address by Vice Chancellor
1740 Address by Chief Guest
1755 Keynote Address 1
1830 Launch of Astrobiology Research Centre
1840 Unveiling of Painting
1850 Keynote Address 2
1930 Vote of Thanks
1945 Dinner and Fellowship

22nd August 2015

-Plenary Session and Paper presentations

23rd August

-Post Conference Tour

24th August

-Back to Kandy

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