BEACON Programme

25 - 29 April 2022
We know how valuable your time is, so we scheduled a diverse programme of events around Astrobiology

Mon, April 25

  • Poster Sessions

    Additionally, there will be around 16 invited talks (30 min) and 30 contributed talks (15 minutes).

Tue, April 26

  • "Music and Astrobiology"

    Outreach event

Wed, April 27

  • Teneguia lava field walk

    A facultative walk over the Teneguia lava field from the 1971 eruption. We wil go by bus to the Teneguia Visitors'centre and see the exhibition there. after that we walk down over the lava field to the lighthouse "Faro de Fuencaliente and have a walk around the salt gardens "Salinas". Good walking shoes and gloves (e-tip gloves, walking gloves or gardening gloves, no washing-up gloves please) are a must. There are no restrooms on the way, but at the start and the end of the walk (see Practical webpage for equipment).

    Walk features:
    Distance: 5 km
    Climb: <30 m
    Descent: 500 m
    Walking time 1.5 - 2 hours

  • "Taste the Universe" dinner 8:30 PM

    A facultative dinner at the "Jardin de Salinas" restaurant at the southern tip of the island.

Fri, April 29

  • Excursion to Caldeira de Taburiente & telescopes

    We will set out early to the Cumbrecita viewpoint at the rim of the Caldera de Taburiente. Participants can embark on a 40 minutes walk to one of the viewpoints and see very interesting geological locations inside the crater. We will then go up to the Roque de los Muchachos and have lunch on the way (included in excursion fees). Thereafter we will visit the Gran Telescópio Canarias and/or the Telescopio Nazionale Galileo.

    Thereafter we will have a short stop on the Roque de los Muchachos, the highest point of the island. Then we will go down along the west side crossing several characteristic valleys (barrancos) of La Palma stopping at the Mirador del Time. Time allowing, we will have a stop at Los Llanos de Aridane with its picturesque town centre and the Archeological Museum which gives a very nice introduction into the history, vegetation and geography of the island. Thereafter we return back to the conference hotel.

    Please note that this programme can be changed due to unforseen circumstances.

Sat, April 30

  • Ruta de Volcanes walk

    Walk on the famous Ruta de los Volcanes. The trail starts at Refugio de Pilár and runs over the ridge "Cumbre Nueva" at altitudes up to over 2000m. The walk is strenuous but offers interesting volcano craters, geological locations including historic lava fields and, clear weather provided, stunning views. Walking boots covering the ankles, sunhat, backpack, sunscreen and enough water are a must and walking sticks and gloves a good idea (see Practical webpage for equipment).

    Walks Feautures:

    Distance: 20 km
    Climb: 600 m
    Descent: 1400 m
    Walking time 8 hours
    Please note that there are no restrooms, cafes or water supplies along the walk. The walk might be cancellled due to adverse weather conditions. In that case an alternative programme will be organised.

  • Satellite Event For Early Career Researchers​

    There will be a satelite meeting of the Early Career Scientist organisations Astrobiology Graduates i Europe (AbGradE) and Europlanet Early Career Network (EPEC).

    The meeting will consist of:
    An icebreaker get-together on April 21st Introductory talks by early-career scientsts for people new to the field on April 22nd An introductory talk about life in lava caves and an excursion to thenewly opened "Cueva de las Palomas" lava cave Two days of scientific programme with plenty of room for talks by early career scientists