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

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02 Mar
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The new call for the Europlanet 2020 Infrastructures is out!

The new call for the Europlanet 2020 Infrastructures is out!

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23 Jan
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Scientific positions in ERC PROJECT “ELiTE”

The Palaeobiogeology Group (PPP Lab), at the Department of Geology, UR GEOLOGY, of the University of Liège searches for collaborators (postdocs, spectroscopist) for its activities in the frame of the ERC PROJECT “ELiTE”: Early Life Traces, Evolution, and Implications for Astrobiology, and the IAP “Planet TOPERS”: “Planets: Tracing the Origin, Preservation, and Evolution of their reservoirs”.

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20 Jan
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Special Issue "Martian Meteorites" (MDPI "Geosciences")

Martian meteorites are a major source of information for understanding both primary and secondary geological and geochemical processes on the surface and subsurface of Mars. The planet is being investigated from an increasing number of orbiters and mobile landers with the primary goal to discover habitable environments, and ultimately extinct or extant forms of life. This requires the detailed study of both the surface and subsurface of the planet.

A collection of articles will be published in this Special Issue of the Open Access Journal "Geosciences" from MDPI (Geosciences (ISSN 2076-3263)).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 May 2017

Guest Editor : Dr. Elias Chatzitheodoridis, National Technical University of Athens, School of Mining and Metallurgical Engineering, Department of Geological Sciences, 9 Heroon Polytechneiou str., GR-15780 Zografou, Athens, Greece

Download the flyer here.

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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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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 Kepler-93

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

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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17 Jul
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    Training schools

Summer school "Formation of complex molecules in space and on planets - From interstellar clouds to life"

Summer school "Formation of complex molecules in space and on planets - From interstellar clouds to life"

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25 Jul
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    Training schools

Summer school “Impacts and their role in the evolution of Life” (Saaremaa, Estonia, 25 July – 3 August)

Summer school

“Impacts and their role in the evolution of Life”
(Saaremaa, Estonia, 25 July – 3 August 2017)

This school will give attendees a thorough introduction into impactsimpactors, and the role of impacts in the evolution of life.

The website for the summer school can be found under: http://www.nordicastrobiology.net/Impacts2017

Deadline for applications in the 30th April 2017.

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08 Aug
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    International Conferences

Conference for Early Career Astrobiologists "The Early History of Planetary systems and habitable planets"

Conference for Early Career Astrobiologists "The Early History of Planetary systems and habitable planets"

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21 Aug
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    Training schools

Field training school: Early Earth & Life – Archaean/Palaeoproterozoic of Karelia, Russia

Field training school "Early Earth & Life – Archaean/Palaeoproterozoic of Karelia, Russia"

St. Petersburg, Petrozavodsk, 21-31 August 2017

The field school will be a mix of seminars to be held in St. Petersburg and field investigations in Karelia. The geological record of Karelia comprises world-famous volcano-sedimentary successions that have provided key data for the understanding of surface processes on the early Earth. The event is aimed at doctoral students and early career scientists in fields relevant to Precambrian geology, astrobiology and early Earth studies.

Deadline for bursary applications is the 1st May 2017.

Link to Trip Details. Link to Registration Form.

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31 Aug
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    National Conferences

Fundamentals of Life in the Universe Symposium, Origins Centre, Netherlands

The newly established Origins Center (http://www.origins-center.nl) in the Netherlands will be kicked off this summer during the Fundamentals of Life in the Universe Symposium.

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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.