51st ESLAB Symposium - Extreme habitable worlds


The 51st ESLAB Symposium: “Extreme Habitable Worlds”, took place 04-08 December 2017 at the European Space Agencies’ European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC) in Noordwijk, The Netherlands.

The symposium covered a variety of interdisciplinary themes regarding extreme habitability on Earth, in the solar system and throughout the universe.

51st ESLAB Poster



  • Venus, Earth, and Mars —the first 500 million years
  • Planetary habitability processes: accretion, evolution, impacts, ingredients
  • Evolution of habitability and settings for origins of life at Earth
  • Earth extreme habitats: natural (surface and subsurface), artificial and sustainable
  • Life support systems in Earth extreme places and in orbit, human spaceflight
  • Making the Moon habitable
  • Mars past, current , and future habitability
  • Asteroid and small body habitats
  • Outer solar system: Sub-surface Habitability at icy moons of Jupiter and Saturn
  • Effects of space weather and Astrophysical hazards
  • Planetary protection and measuring extreme biomarkers
  • Stellar, interstellar and interplanetary ingredients for extreme habitability
  • Engineering of travel to and exploration of Extreme Habitable Worlds
  • Finding and Characterising Habitable Exoplanets: Proxima Centauri, Trappist1 and beyond
  • Galactic and Extragalactic Habitability
  • Education, outreach, societal, philosophical & artistic views on "Extreme Habitable Worlds"