The only life-harboring place in the galaxy we know about is our own home planet: Earth. How do you build such a world? Are we special or rather the cosmic norm? Already comparisons within the solar system show us that there are a number of characteristics that set Earth apart from its solar system siblings, be it the active carbon-silicate cycle, a clement and liquid water surface, an exceptionally large moon, and many more. Some of these characteristics are rooted in formation, and therefore we must unravel the poorly understood process that make such a world possible in order to understand what else is out there.
Doing this will require fundamental advances on multiple levels and across scientific disciplines. Therefore, I actively initiate collaboration and engage with like-minded researchers from astronomy, geophysics, geochemistry, atmospheric sciences, and more.