The mission of the digital European Astrobiology and Society Resource Centre (EASRC) is to provide an inclusive online access to astrobiology information and in doing so to enhance the public understanding of astrobiology as a multi-disciplinary science.
The ambition of this project is to set up a framework for European online astrobiology information centre dedicated to raising awareness of astrobiology research and its societal aspects, and to provide access to quality scientific information to any interested subject now and in the future.
This project builds on work of the Working Group 5: History and Philosophy of Astrobiology, COST Action TD1308 Origins and evolution of life on Earth and in the Universe. Our aim is to keep the momentum of the TD1308 and include works of the European Astrobiology Network Association (EANA) and Nordic Network of Astrobiology to make the knowledge generated through the projects available to wider professional audiences as well as to astrobiologists themselves.
We have quite a few plans and ideas for our future work but in particular we want to:
- Establish and maintain an online depository of astrobiology science resources and research network that takes into account also the societal and economical context of space sciences. This will be achieved by designing a website (www.astrobiology.eu), resource database and social media profiles.
- Provide inclusive (free) access by using a number of media for efficient dissemination, such as audio (recorded lectures), visual (image galleries), links to other networks, texts (articles, papers) via popular digital communication channels: eNewsletter, Facebook, YouTube.
- Assist the target audiences, primarily educators, teachers, professional public and media in finding and accessing science information and facilitate high quality information exchange.