Banyuls 2013

Group Picture 2013


Origin, Evolution and Future of the Biosphere 2013

From August 19th to 30th, 2013  an international group of students met at the Observatoire Océanologique Laboratoire Arago in Banyuls (France). From 2012 to 2014 the course is coordinated by Juli Peretó (Cavanilles Institute, Universitat de València) with the participation in 2013 of students from Université Pierre et Marie Curie (UPMC), Universität Bonn, Université de Liège, University of Nottingham, Università degli Studi di Firenze, Universidad del País Vasco (UPV/EHU).

2013 academic coordinators were:

Marie-Christine Maurel (UPMC), Emmanuelle Javaux (U. de Liège), Kepa Ruiz-Mirazo (UPV/EHU), Dieter Volkmann (U. Bonn), Ranjan Swarup (U. Nottingham), John R. Brucato (U. Firenze) and Marcel Egli (Luzern).

Poster Banyuls_2013

Erasmus Intensive Programme Origin, Evolution and Future of the Biosphere started on Monday August 19th, 2013, at 9AM, in the Amphitheater of Banyuls Oceanographic Station (Laboratoire Arago). After a short introduction, professor Marie-Christine Maurel delivered the inaugural lecture. A total of 19 experts did present during the course aspects on biological evolution, from the origin of life to human diversity, technological promises from genetic engineering and synthetic life, the effects of microgravity on organisms and the possibility of life elsewhere.

The first day the international teams of students were organized and did start their projects that were presented and discussed the last day (Thursday 29th). The second day in the afternoon, the different groups of students presented their institution and country.

Hard copies of the Book of Abstracts for the 2013 course were available on site for all the participants. A PDF copy of the booklet can be downloaded from here:


The following were the  six international student groups for project development in 2013 (group spokesperson in bold), the title of the project and their presentations (PDF file):

Group 1 Testing life’s ability to survive and adapt in extraterrestrial atmospheres  Banyuls2013_1

Morales Moya, Lucas / Gercke, Gesa-Maria / Duckworth, Benjamin / Cornet, Yohan

Group 2  Using Special Animal Species from Earth as a Template for Protection of Life in Space: Applied Biomimetics  Banyuls2013_2

Goig Serrano, Adrián / Hua, Yinzhou / Schwalb, Peter / Camolli, Martina / Hunter, Jonathan / Santamaria Rodríguez, Ekaitz

Group 3  Farming on the ISS   Banyuls2013_3

Wistuba, Ricarda / Rose, Jack / Resurrección Barrufet, Serena/ Fantini, Marco / Martindale, Paul

Group 4 Life Without Water   Banyuls2013_4

Adnan, Dini / Martínez Sánchez, Luisa / Toufektchan, Eléonore / Maddii Fabiani, Lorenzo / Kabamba Baludikay, Blaise / Tackmann, Janko

Group 5 The Great Oxidation Event, O2 and the Evolution of Life Banyuls2013_5

Murillo Sánchez, Sara / Platais, Robbie / Vallot, Antoine / Ferretti, Riccardo

Group 6 Maintaining Human Physiology in Space   Banyuls2013_6

Beghin, Jérémie / Webster, Luke / Zhang, Quan / Arzt, Michael / Debesa Tur, Gabriela

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