During the European Science and Technology Week 2001, it is proposed to undertake a public, Europe-wide programme to introduce the subject of astro/exobiology, under the title "Life in the Universe", as an exciting and well-developed multi-disciplinary research activity. In addition to being of great public interest in itself, it offers a rich spectrum of attractive possibilities to illustrate a large number of aspects relating to the workings of modern research, including natural (physics, chemistry, astronomy, biology) and humanistic (sociology, psychology) sciences and applications thereof (space engineering and exploration).
The programme will be divided into three main phases:
1) the establishment of a comprehensive central web-site;
2) national competitions among young people who present their own views on this subject; and
3) a multi-site highly mediatic (e.g. scenario based) Final Event with major TV coverage on the continent.
The programme is managed by an International Steering Committee, supported by an International Experts' Panel and National Committees in the 22 participating countries.
Funding SchemeACM - Preparatory, accompanying and support measures
2200 AG Noordwijck