Research & Activities


ELSI workshops are organized by ELSI members on ELSI-related topics.


May 14, 2018 - May 18, 2018

Where: Earth Life Science Institute, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tokyo, Japan

Venue: ELSI Hall conference hall inside the ELSI 1 building at the Tokyo Institute of Technology campus. The campus has easy access to nearby cafés, restaurants, hotels, public transport and other amenities.

For decades (if not centuries) scientific researchers have wondered about the existence of extra-terrestrial life. Due to recent technological advances we now know that the Milky Way galaxy is filled to the brim with planets of all shapes and sizes, opening up the prospect of other galaxies hosting similar worlds.

The field of Astrobiology is an umbrella term that combines scientific expertise from astrophys-ics, planetary and Earth science, chemistry, biology and other scientific disciplines to under-stand how habitable worlds form and evolve with time. Yet the nature of the formation and evolution of these worlds and their proclivity to support a (long-term) biosphere remains ob-scure. It makes sense at this time to synthesise what we know, highlight key points of agreement and contention, and to provide recommendations for scientific progress.