From Molecules to ExoLife: Molecules in Astrophysics and Astrobiology

Multi-Disciplinary Winter School

February 13-17, 2017, Zurich, Switzerland

Intro Programme Deadlines Venue Registration

New! School Schedule:


    I. Physics

  • Molecular Spectroscopy (SB) PPT PDF
  • Molecules in magnetic fields (SB) PPT PDF
  • Polarized spectra of the Sun and stars (SB) PPT PDF

    II. Chemistry

  • Introduction to chemistry: bonds & reactions (GM) PPT PDF
  • Astrochemistry (SW)
  • Linking Astrochemistry and Cosmochemistry (SW)

    III. Biophysics & Biochemistry

  • Molecules of Life (TST) PPT PDF
  • Single-cell organisms (KF) PPT PDF
  • Rise of complexity (TST) PPT PDF

    IV. Planetary Atmospheres

  • Chemistry of planetary atmospheres (DC) PDF
  • Exoplanets and Life (DC) PDF
  • Scattering in planetary atmospheres (SB) PPT PDF

    V. Life in the Universe

  • Biosignatures and remote detection of exolife (SB) PPT PDF
  • Solar System candidates for exolife detection (KF) PPT PDF
  • What do we need to detect exolife? (JK) PPT PDF

    VI. Forum: Is life a universal phenomenon? (All)


SB: Svetlana Berdyugina, KIS & Department of Physics, University of Freiburg, Germany
DC: David Catling, Astrobiology & Department of Earth and Space Sciences, University of Washington, USA
KF: Kai Finster, Department of Biosciences, University of Aarhus, Denmark
TST: Tina Santl-Temkiv, Department of Biosciences, University of Aarhus, Denmark
JK: Jeff Kuhn, Institute for Astronomy, University of Hawaii, USA
GM: Glenn Morello, Department of Chemistry, Arctic University of Norway
SW: Susanne Wampfler, Center for Space and Habitability, University of Bern, Switzerland


    I. Quizzes for each lecture topic

  • Q1: Start
  • Q2: Start
  • Q3: Start
  • Q4: Start
  • Q5: Start

    II. HotMol computational web tools tutoring

  • E1: MolPol: Molecular levels and transitions
  • E2: MolPol: Molecular Stokes spectra of the magnetized Sun and stars
  • E3: StarPol: Stellar scattering polarization: Center-to-limb variations
  • E4: StarPol: Stellar scattering polarization: Effects of spots and transiting planets
  • E5: ExoPol: Planet reflected light polarization
  • E6: BioPol: Modeling polarized biosignatures
  • E7: Research Project: Detecting life on Proxima b: modeling stellar and planetary spectra & evaluating instrumental requirements

Exercises and web tools are developed and tutored by the HotMol team.

Professional Development Workshops (PDWs)

    I. Super Memory

    II. Body language

    III. Present with Power

    IV. Get the Job

PDWs are carried out by professional psychologists and PD tutors.



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    Kiepenheuer-Institut für Sonnenphysik
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