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Maria-Paz Zorzano Mier
Maria-Paz Zorzano, Professor of Atmospheric Science at Luleå University of Technology. Photo: Linda Alfredsson View original picture , opens in new tab/window

New membership will bring new opportunities

Published: 24 November 2015

Luleå University of Technology has been accepted as member of the Nordic Network of Astrobiology. – This strengthens our bonds with other well-known institutions and helps us finding research partners, says Maria-Paz Zorzano, Professor of Atmospheric Science.

The Nordic Network of Astrobiology is a network of universities, other higher education institutions and research entities in the Nordic and Baltic countries. Among other things, the network’s aim is to create a Nordic Research and Education area in Astrobiology, organize courses in the field on all levels for students and to collaborate with other astrobiology institutions worldwide.

– As members of the Nordic Network of Astrobiology we can find partners for stays of our students and researchers, we can work on common proposals and research projects and we can participate in the astrobiology activities of the group strengthening the bonds with other well-known institutions of the Nordic network. We can organize workshops and summer schools and have a broader public, says Maria-Paz Zorzano.

Contribute with expertise

In return, the Atmospheric Science group at Luleå University of Technology will be able to contribute with their specific expertise to the network. For example, through their facilities, such as the Mars environmental chambers and the balloon and rockets sounding campaigns, and the participation in international field-site exploration campaigns at analogue environments.

– Our expertise in modelling and data analysis, in planetary exploration and field site work in remote areas, can be of use for other researchers in the Nordic Network of Astrobiology, says Maria-Paz Zorzano.

As members of the Nordic Network of Astrobiology, Luleå University of Technology will also be part of the NASA Astrobiology Institute, which leads an international effort devoted to Astrobiology.

– That network promotes the international and interdisciplinary work, analysis of recent published results and the redefinition of the scopes of new frontiers of knowledge in Astrobiology, says Maria-Paz Zorzano.

Besides Luleå University of Technology, there are four other participating institutions in Sweden: Stockholm University, SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden, Lund University and Chalmers University of Technology.


Maria-Paz Zorzano Mier

Maria-Paz Zorzano Mier, Visiting Professor

Organisation: Atmospheric science, Space Technology, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering