41st "Saas-Fee Advanced Course" of the Swiss Society for Astrophysics and Astronomy (SSAA)
From Planets to Life
3-9 April 2011, Villars-sur-Ollon, Switzerland
The course covers the most important and critical events essential for the emergence and development of intelligent life on Earth. Are these events inevitable or are they fortuitous and unlikely to reproduce elsewhere under similar conditions. The underlying and fascinating question is the ubiquity of life in our Universe: are we alone? Have complex life forms developed on extrasolar planets? Three lecturers present the subject from different view points: (1) astrophysics, (2) Earth geology and climatology and (3) biology.
Three lecture series are in English by world-wide renowned experts in their fields.
Organizing committee : Pierre Dubath, Stéphane Udry,
Stéphane Paltani, Amaury Triaud, Myriam Burgener and Chantal Tacoy