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:

Standards of Evidence Community Workshop Report

This is the write-up of the community report from the Biosignatures Standards of Evidence workshop that incorporates all the comments received from the community.

Pre-meeting Materials

To support the workshop discussions, reading or viewing the following materials is encouraged prior to the workshop: