The Life Detection Forum (LDF) Project
The LDF project responds to a call from the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine for development of “a comprehensive framework…to guide testing and evaluation of remote and in situ biosignatures” (2018 NASEM report on Astrobiology Strategy).
The objectives of the project are:
To organize the life detection community in developing such a framework
To use this framework in constructing a web-based tool (the “Life Detection Forum”) to exchange knowledge and ideas as life detection science and technology evolve.
The LDF Workshop Series
The LDF virtual workshop series engages the community in developing an evaluative framework for biosignatures.
The series will:
Define the conceptual basis for an evaluative framework
Introduce a draft LDF web tool
Develop content for the Knowledge Base within the tool
Past and Forthcoming Workshop Events
(Click each link to access a description and resources for that workshop)
Debrief on Criteria Workshop (see video here)
KB Content Working Groups
Complete (Fall, 2020)
Complete (12 January 2021)
19 January 2021
Beginning 25 January 2021 (rolling)