(TD1308) is a Trans Domain European COST Action investigating the origins and evolution of life.

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20 Oct
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Several new positions in Astrobiology

Following is a list of new positions in astrobiology:

  1. Research Fellow in Planetary Science at University of St Andrews, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
  2. Open call with 14 positions on the Geo.X consortium
  3. OREOcube research assistant position at Institute of Experimental Physics, Department of Physics, FU Berlin, Germany
  4. The Institute of Molecular Biology, Mainz University, Germany is looking for Research Group Leaders
  5. Tenure-Track Faculty Position in Geobiology in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, McGill University
  6. Faculty Position in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology (Astrobiology), University of Arizona
  7. Tenure track W2/W3 professorship in Experimental Planetology
  8. PhD positions in Astrobiology at DLR in Cologne

Please, follow this link to the EANA website to find out details.

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28 Jul
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PhD position European Training Network EuroPAH

PhD position European Training Network EuroPAH

A PhD position is available at Astronomy, Leiden University, under supervision of Prof. Tielens, in close collaboration with drs. ten Kate and King of Earth Sciences, Utrecht University.

PhD information: http://europah.eu/Recruitment/esr%20position%204.html

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12 Apr
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PhD position at the «Université catholique de Louvain» in molecular physics

Spectroscopy and reactivity of ionic complexes.

PhD position at the «Université catholique de Louvain» in molecular physics.The candidate will work within the NAPS unit (Nanoscopic Physics) of the Institute of Condensed Matter and Nanosciences. This unit is specialized amongst other things in atomic, molecular and optical physics.

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19 Mar
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The ESA Academy

Starting in March 2016, European university students will be able to access a unique set of opportunities to enrich their space science and engineering education: the ESA Academy

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19 Mar
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Movies of the RED'16 Lectures - Introduction to Astrobiology

Videos of lectures on Astrobiology made within the frame of the Rencontres Exobiologiques pour Doctorants (RED’16) that was co-organized with the Erasmus + Strategic Parner “European Astrobiology Campus” a

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Latest Articles

13 Nov
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Emergent Chemical Behavior in Variable-Volume Protocells

Artificial protocellular compartments and lipid vesicles have been used as model systems to understand the origins and requirements for early cells, as well as to design encapsulated reactors for biotechnology. One prominent feature of vesicles is the semi-permeable nature of their membranes, able to support passive diffusion of individual solute species into/out of the compartment, in addition to an osmotic water flow in the opposite direction to the net solute concentration gradient. Crucially, this water flow affects the internal aqueous volume of the vesicle in response to osmotic imbalances, i

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13 Nov
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Constraining planet structure from stellar chemistry: the cases of CoRoT-7, Kepler-10, and Keple

We explore the possibility that the stellar relative abundances of different species can be used to constrain the bulk abundances of known transiting rocky planets. We use high resolution spectra to derive stellar parameters and chemical abundances for Fe, Si, Mg, O, and C in three stars hosting low mass, rocky planets: CoRoT-7, Kepler-10, and Kepler-93. These planets follow the same line along the mass-radius diagram, pointing toward a similar composition. The derived abundance ratios are compared with the solar values.

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Latest Events

12 Dec
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    International Conferences

IAU International Conference on "Search for life: from early Earth to exoplanets"

 

XIIe Rencontres du Vietnam
December 12th-16th 2016, Qhy Nonh, Vietnam

IAU International Conference on «Search for life: from early Earth to exoplanets»
http://rencontresduvietnam.org/conferences/2016/search-for-life

The program of the conference will focus on 4 main themes:

  • Formation, evolution and habitability of planetary systems
  • Early Earth environment
  • From prebiotic chemistry to early Earth
  • Life in Universe, societal impacts and ethical issues

2-days Training School on the «Basics in Astrobiology» will be organized before the conference (December 9th-11th)

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05 Mar
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Astrobiology Introductory Course, March 5-11th 2017, Le Teich (Bordeaux), France

The second edition of the Astrobiology Introductory Course will be held from 5 to 11 March 2017 in the Ornithological Park of le Teich (33, France).

This school is addressed to:
• Any  student preparing his PhD thesis in Astronomy, Geology, Chemistry, Biology or History/Philosophy of sciences in France or any other country.
• Any students wishing to acquire an interdisciplinary training in astrobiology to complete their initial training and to be able to address issues at the origins of life on Earth, its evolution and its distribution in the Universe.
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20 May
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    International Conferences

IAU Symposium S332 Astrochemistry VII – Through the Cosmos from Galaxies to Planets

The study of astrochemistry has become an important branch of modern astronomy and astrophysics. Molecules are key tools in exploring topics such as star and planet formation, mass loss mechanisms in late-type stars, the origin and evolution of interstellar dust grains, the structure of the interstellar medium in galaxies and the origin of protogalaxies in the early Universe.

The active synergy between astronomical observation, laboratory experiment and theoretical modelling has been reinforced at the recent IAU General Assembly (Hawaii 2015) by the creation of a new IAU Commission (B5) on Laboratory Astrophysics, of which laboratory astrochemistry is an essential component.

This meeting is the seventh in a series addressing the broad and fast-moving discipline of astrochemistry. The most recent meeting in this series, IAUS280: The Molecular Universe, was held in Toledo, Spain, in 2011. The meetings held prior to that can be viewed on the history section of the IAUS280 website.

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03 Jul
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    International Conferences

International Symposium on Astronomy and Astrobiology Education: theory, methods, impacts and future directions

This international symposium, co-sponsored by the International Astronomical Union (IAU) and the European Astrobiology Campus (EAC, http://astrobiology-campus.eu/), is designed to bring education research in astronomy in general, and in astrobiology in particular, to the professional scientific community.

Website: http://ISE2A.uu.nl

Contact:  ISE2A@uu.nl

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CSO Approval date: 14/11/2013
Starting date: 15/05/2014
Ending date: 14/05/2018

Action Chair:
Dr. Muriel GARGAUD (FR)

Vice chair:
Prof. Wolf GEPPERT (SE)

STSM Manager:
Prof. Nigel MASON (UK)

Web Manager:
Prof. Elias CHATZITHEODORIDIS (GR)

Secretary:
Dr. Zuzana KANUCHOVA

 

Grant Holder Financial Representative:

Mrs Annick Caperan

Science Officer:
Dr. Mafalda QUINTAS

Administrative Officer:
Ms Aranzazu SANCHEZ

 

ORIGINS TD1308

A Trans-Domain Action supported by COST.

COST is supported by the EU Framework Programme Horizon 2020

 

 

Involved countries

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Participating Countries
Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom

COST International Partner Countries
Canada (UQAM), South Africa (Univ. of Johanesburgh)
 

Short Term Scientific Missions (STSMs)

Aiming at fostering collaboration, sharing new techniques, and infrastructure that may not be available in other participants' institutions or laboratories. STSMs are intended especially for young PhD researchers, but they are open to senior researchers as well. View the documents at this link.

 It should be explicitely noted that Master students are not eligible for STSMs which are for PhD students and more experienced researchers.

The life-Origins COST Project


Life-ORIGINS (TD1308) is a Trans Domain European COST Action dedicated to the scientific investigation of the origins and evolution of life on Earth and habitability of other planets.

The Action has specifically excluded the search for intelligent extraterrestrial life in its portfolio. Creationist theorems are also outside the Action’s remit.

Individuals are not allowed to use the name of the Action, its logo or any corporate identity of COST TD1308 in any communication without prior approval of the Management Committee.

All publications referencing the support of the Action should be sent to the appropriate Working Group chair at the time of submission.