The student contest “Space Factor” of the 13th European Workshop on Astrobiology (EANA 13) gives young scientists the opportunity to introduce themselves and their research to other PhD students, to connect with them, to learn from each other, to exchange thoughts, to gain new insights and ideas and to establish new contacts and maybe even cooperation. The student contest “The Space Factor" was held for the third time and was organized by Ralf Moeller and chaired by Stefan Leuko (both DLR).
Nine PhD Students competed in a half-day session and presented their scientific work to an interdisciplinary committee and interested EANA workshop participants. Three winners were selected and awarded with the Helmholtz Space Life Sciences Research School prize money and the Svante Arrhenius medal.
The Helmholtz Space Life Sciences Research School is proud to present the winners of the contest:
Paloma Serrano (on the left), winner of the 2nd prize and Yuko Kawaguchi (on the right), winner of the 3rd prize.1st prize: Jan Frösler (Biofilm Centre, Universität Duisburg-Essen) "The influence of extracellular polymeric substances on the tolerance of Deinococcus geothermalis to the environmental conditions of space and Mars"
2nd prize: Paloma Serrano (Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research & Helmholtz Centre Potsdam - GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences, Potsdam) "Methanogenic archaea from Siberian permafrost: response to simulated Martian conditions and biosignature description"
3rd prize: Yuko Kawaguchi (School of Life Sciences, Tokyo University of Pharmacy and Life Sciences, Tokyo, Japan) "Microbes in clay micro-particles collided with ultralow density silica aerogel at 4km/s can be detected by fluorescence imaging"
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