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International Diploma in
Astrobiology 2023

What is so unique about this course?

This is the immensely flagship course program about astrobiology, it is unprecedented in its scope and written in a way that promises to thoroughly prepare to appreciate astrobiology.

Appreciation of Astrobiology is essential to those who aspire to work in Space Industry.

This is a unique course written by the Program Head in the much sought-after long form style. The content is interspersed with curated short videos and illustrations, this makes the powerful long form content even more engaging. To see syllabus topics, scroll down

What is the benefit of participating in this course?

This Astrobiology Diploma gives you a thorough overview about astrobiology; the study of the origin, evolution and distribution of life in the universe. It also refers to the search for any kind of life elsewhere, as well as the search for the elusive ET.

Here is the primary benefit, you will be able to appreciate astrobiology and its role in driving space exploration as well as be able to find your place in the vast astrobiology landscape.

This course is about asking the big questions that will help us;

To understand the origin of life and its evolution.
To probe for extraterrestrial life, especially intelligent life.
To understand the future of life on Earth and extraterrestrial life

As for the for worldly benefits, they are many and several, here are a few;

1. You receive certificates with official IARF and related logos – the coveted IARF-ICUN courses have been offered since 2006 and are known for their high quality content, participants from IITs and IIMs and from across the globe have benefited by participating in these courses.

IARF issued space-courses related certificates command respect and help in get in best of jobs as well as acceptance in academic institutions.

2. You boost your academic performance – (if you are a student, sure you will get more marks in your exams including the competitive exams).

3. You boost your career prospects – Space exploration is now a legitimate profession and a high-paying one for that matter, astrobiology is at the forefront of it all.

4. You gain knowledge: The way the course is written, you will exposed various perspectives and not just information (for that there is google!). Treat yourself for an experience to remember!

How do I participate in International Astrobiology Diploma course?

To participate click on the Register Now button below,

Register Now – National | Register Now – International

Here are some important details about the course;

Eligibility: Exposure to basics of science

Mode & Language: Online Course in English

How it works: On paying the fee, you will receive login credentials to access the course through our learning management system. After you have completed the course, you can take the online exam and download your certificate.

Fee for National Participants: ₹ 4999 for students | ₹ 5499 for Educators & Non students
Fee for SARRC & African Union Participants: USD 75
Fee for Other International Participants: USD 99

Optimal Learning Duration: The course is self-paced by its very structure, at a leisurely pace, participants take 1-2 months to complete the course.

Assessments: On successful submission of assignment work (attached to each chapter), the final exam (Multiple Choice Questions, MCQs) can be taken.

Grade Points: Grade Points will be awarded on the basis of assignment work and exam; the grading will be primarily based on the results of the final MCQ exam.

Discussion Forum: Edmodo Classroom (for academic interaction only)

Certification & Awards: Participants will receive certificates with official logo and grade points will be awarded on the basis of their performance in assessments. Select participants will receive medals of honor

Course offered by: ICSC | IARF
Program Head: Pushkar Ganesh Vaidya, Head Scientist, IARF-ICSC

For any queries,
Email on space@iarf.res.in | Call / Whatsapp on 8454041484

International Diploma in Astrobiology 2023

Syllabus Topics

Scientific Method & Basics
Scientific Method & Scientific Evidence
The Standard Model of Particle Physics
Units of Distance
Electromagnetic Spectrum & Spectroscopy

Evolution of Life
Building Blocks of Life; Urey-Miller Experiment
Overview of Genetics; the DNA and RNA molecule
Theories about the Origin of Life
Evolution & Natural Selection

Life on Moons
Life on Io, Europa, Ganymede and Callisto
Life on Titan and Enceladus
Life on Earth’s Moon
Life on Triton

Search For Extraterrestrial Intelligence
Basics and History of SETI
SETI Searches; Radio SETI, Optical SETI, Dysonian SETI
Contact Protocol
The Water-Hole Frequency

Classification of Life
Kingdoms and Domains of Life
The Promise of Extremophiles
Tree of Life
Biological Classification

Habitable Zones
Circumstellar Habitable Zone
Habitable Zone of the Solar System
Continuous Habitable Zone
Galactic Habitable Zone

Life on Rocky Planets
Life on Mercury
Life on Venus
Life on Mars
Extreme Life on Earth

Are We Alone?
The Rare Earth Hypothesis and Equation
The UFO Phenomenon
The Drake Equation
The Fermi Paradox

The Scope and Definition of Astrobiology
Extraterrestrial life
The Astrobiology Roadmap
Astrobiology Resources

Extrasolar Planets
Methods to Detect Extrasolar Planets
Space Missions to Search for Extrasolar Planets
Super Earths and Earth-like Planets
Overview of Extrasolar Systems

Life on Gaseous Planets
Life on Jupiter
Life on Saturn
Life on Neptune
Life on Uranus

Signatures of Life
Biomarkers in Space
Vegetation Red Edge (VRE)
The Transpermia Hypothesis
The Panspermia Hypothesis

Two possibilities exist: either we are alone in the Universe or we are not. Both are equally terrifying”

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