The following research activities in astrobiology are carried out at the University of Helsinki:
Star-formation/interstellar medium group (Dr. Jorma Harju)
Observational studies related to the distribution and origin of organic molecules in space, particularly in dense clouds representing various stages of the protostellar collapse. Collaboration on the physics and chemistry of interstellar clouds with the NAI Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute team, PI Doug Whittet (who, by the way is member of the executive Council of the NASA Astrobiology Institute) and with Wolf Geppert, Stockholm University.
Meteorites, asteroids, impact structures on Earth, supercontinents on Earth (Prof. Lauri Pesonen)
Projects are identifying and proofing impact structures on Earth and Studying magnetic properties of meteorites, asteroids and impact rocks from impact structures on Earth. The group is also investigating plate tectonics and plate organization throughout the geological history of Earth, which gives boundary conditions for example to study and model the beginning of life forms. The group also has a co-operation with MIT, which provided laboratory facilities, to study origin of high remanent magnetization in rocks of the Vredefort impact structure.