The NFoLD and NExSS research coordination networks hosted a joint virtual workshop on biosignature standards of evidence and reporting protocols from July 19-22, 2021. The workshop included 3 working days of discussion, and 1 break day during this time frame. Workshop attendees discussed the process needed to increase scientific confidence in biosignature detections, and how to best convey this continuum of confidence to a broader audience. The workshop also initiated a discussion on community biosignature detection reporting protocols.

The overall goal of the workshop was to produce community guidelines for biosignature detection. These ideas were then written up and will be submitted for publication. If you have questions or require clarification, please contact Victoria Meadows (NExSS Co-Chair), or Heather Graham (NfoLD Co-Chair).

The videos from this workshop are now available on a playlist from NASA Astrobiology. You may access the videos here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL2vV9BqKn2zc04s996jIyoEYGP5o8eAMz

Standards of Evidence White Paper

The Standards of Evidence white paper is now open for community input. UPDATE: Comments close on November 18th, 2021. Please visit this site to download the paper and submit comments. https://www.nfold.org/soe-endorsements

Pre-meeting Materials

To support the workshop discussions, reading or viewing the following materials is encouraged prior to the workshop: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1G4O7ABHaMlSSVV6Kz9ZGuAk3nMOVoEEh3xn0fIuvvss/edit?usp=sharing