Cradle of Life

This working group addresses the ‘Cradle of Life’ comprising topics such as the formation of planets in disk systems around young stars, SETI, exoplanets and complex molecules. For other topics related to science within the Milky Way, please visit the science working group ‘Our Galaxy’.

Cradle of Life Working Group Introduction

This working group aims to understand how the SKA can be used to uncover the ‘Cradle of Life’ across the formation and evolution of stars & planets.  The higher frequencies covered by SKA will enable observations of the earliest stages of the raw material for planet formation, and also allow deep searches for prebiotic molecules (such as amino acids) both within and beyond our solar system.  The lowest frequencies can be used to detect and characterise magnetic fields around exoplanets via auroral radio emission.  Across the full frequency range, SKA will also carry out systematic, volume-limited searches of exoplanet systems for signals from technologically advanced civilisations.  These high impact research areas will answer some of the most fundamental questions in modern astronomy.

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Working Group Membership

Members of the the CoL Working Group can be found here

We actively encourage interested researchers to participate in the working group.

Please contact the co-chairs if you are interested in joining the group, with a brief description of your area of research.

The current co-chairs are:

Guidelines on who can join the group can be found here

The SKAO Project Scientist liaison is Tyler Bourke.

CoL Working Group Documentation

Relevant chapters in the SKA Science book “Advancing Astrophysics with the SKA” (2015) can be found here

The CoL banner is here 

CoL Webinars

2023 February: The Breakthrough Listen Signal-of-Interest 'blc1': Analysis, Origin, and Lessons Learned Sofia Sheikh (SETI Institute, USA) Recording

2022 May: Survey of young stellar objects in the Oph A cluster with the VLA Audrey Coutens (IRAP Toulouse, France) Recording

2022 January: Assessing Habitability Through the Lens of Exoplanetary and Stellar Radio Emission: Extrasolar Space Weather Monitoring with the OVRO-LWA-352 Marin Anderson (JPL, USA) Recording

2021 November: Solar System science with the SKA D. Bockelée-Morvan (Obs. Paris, CNRS); P. Santos-Sanz (Instituto de Astrofí­sica de Andalucí­a); P. Zarka (Obs. Paris, CNRS, Nançay Radio Observatory) Recording

2021 October: Planet-forming disks in the era of ALMA Laura Pérez (Universidad de Chile, Chile) Recording

2021 September: Radio observations as a tool to unveil star-planet interaction in M-dwarfs Miguel Perez-Torres (Instituto de Astrofisica de Andalucia, Spain) Recording

2021 June: Observing planetary auroral radio emission Jake Turner (Cornell University, USA) Recording

2021 May: Breakthrough Listen MeerKAT SETI search Cherry Ng (University of Toronto, Canada) Recording

2021 April: Observing protoplanetary disks with the SKA John Ilee (University of Leeds, UK) Recording

2021 February: Radio stars and exoplanets at low-frequencies Joe Callingham (Leiden University, The Netherlands) Recording | Slides

2021 January: From protostellar disks to planetary atmospheres with SKA: Back to cm-wavelengths with new perspective Claudio Codella (Osservatorio Astrofisico di Arcetri – INAF, Firenze, Italy) Recording

Previous Chairs

  • Laurent Lamy (2020-2022)
  • Josep Miguel Girart (2020-2022)
  • Izaskun Jimenez-Serra (2017-2020)
  • Doug Johnstone (2017-2020)
  • Andrew Siemion (2015-2017)
  • Di Li (2015-2017)
  • Melvin Hoare (2013-2015)
Last modified on 25 October 2023