List of Short Training & Scientific Missions

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The complete list of realised STSMs is shown in the table below.

A list of some STSMs explaining the research and the results are given here.

  Applicant     Gender ECI From To Date Title
  Applications for Aug-Oct 2016 
1 Geppert Wolf  Prof M no SE IT 2015-04-12 to 2015-04-25 Microwave spectra of clusters possibly present in the interstellar medium
2 Balaz Igor  Dr M yes RS UK 2015-01-06 to 2015-01-16 Emergence and evolution of self-regulation mechanisms in early biological evolution
3 Gyollai Ildiko Dr M yes HU EL 2015-02-01 to 2015-02-07 Martian meteorite analysis for astrobiology
4 Chatzitheodoridis Elias  Pr M no EL UK 2015-01-14 to 2015-01-20 A first occurrence of a martian chlorite: chemistry, structure and conditions of formation
5  Jurkic Tomislav Dr M yes HR UK 2015-01-10 to 2015-01-18 Cloudy@Belfast
  Applications for Nov 2016 - Feb2017 
6 Bochinski Jakub Mr M yes UK ES 2015-06-20 to 2015-06-28 Research Trip to Observatorio del Roque de los Muchachos - Part 2
7 McCune Calum  Mr M yes UK FR 2015-04-26 to 2015-05-03 Understanding the formation and evolution of planetary systems and habitable planets
8 Lindén Carl Fredrik  Mr M yes SE AT 2015-05-03 to 2015-05-23 Investigation of atmospheric anion reactions
9 Tozzi Gian Paolo  Dr M no IT ES 2015-04-20 to 2015-05-11 Organic Sublimating Grain in Comets
  Applications for Jul-Oct  2015
10 Stevens Adam Mr M yes UK IS 2015-07-13 to 2015-07-19 Icelandic lava fields as Mars analogue environments - life detection techniques
11 Hynninen Anu Dr F yes FI IS 2015-07-25 to 2015-08-22 Primary microbial succession on a fresh lava field
12 Giese Claudia-Corina  Ms F yes NL DE 2015-08-24 to 2015-09-08 Can the aqueous alteration of olivine trigger alteration of PAHs in carbonaceous chondites?
13 Murukesan Gayathri  Ms F yes FI IS 2015-07-04 to 2015-07-19 no title
14 Konstantinidis Konstantinos  Mr M yes DE UK 2015-08-10 to 2015-10-09 High precision penetrators for Europa
15 Kovács Sándor  Mr M yes HU UK 2015-07-01 to 2015-07-21 Radiation induced processes in carboxylic acid complexes
16 Chatzitheodoridis  Elias  Pr M no EL UK 2015-06-21 to 2015-06-26 Mars Sample Return Mission: advances in laboratory experimental chemistry
17 Profitis Eleftherios  Mr M yes EL DE 2015-07-05  to 2015-07-11 Automated macroscopic and microscopic petrological studies: Implications for astrobiology
18 Simoncini Eugenio  Dr M yes IT FR 2015-06-14 to 2015-07-10 Atmospheric Disequilibrium and Habitability
  Applications for Oct-Dec 2015 
19 Voelker Martin Mr M yes DE SE 2015-10-09 to 2015-10-23 Recent ice-related processes in the Hellas Basin on Mars
20 Torkova Lucie Ms F yes CZ SK 2015-11-16 to 2015-12-18 Study of DC atmospheric discharge fed by N2-CH4 gaseous and some other admixtures
21 Šket Robert Mr M yes SI DE 2015-11-01 to 2015-11-30 Dynamics of microbial diversity and degradation genes activity under anaerobic condition in rumen
22 Zymak Illia Dr M yes CZ FR 2015-11-02 to 2015-11-27 Experimental study of the reaction of C3N anions with acetylene at various energies
23 Hillebrand-Voiculescu Alexandra Maria Dr F no RO FR 2015-11-15 to 2015-11-22 MOVILE PROTISTS
24 Dulic Tamara Ms F yes RS FI 2015-11-15 to 2016-01-31 Assessing the potential of UV-protecting pigment scytonemin and cyanotoxins as sedimentary biomarker
25 Ferus Martin Dr M yes CZ FR 2015-11-09 to 2015-1 1-29 Experimental and theoretical studies on the role of formamide in basic prebiotic mixtures
26 Francois Camille Dr F yes BE FR 2015-09-18 to 2015-09-23 Origins and evolution of life on Earth and in the Universe (ORIGINS)
  Applications for Jan-Mar 2016  
27 Kapui Zsuzsanna  Ms F yes HU FR 2016-03-13 to 2016-03-20 Analogue laboratory work to support ExoMars rover relevant sample analysis
28 Giera Alicja  Ms F yes PL DE 2016-04-04 to 2016-04-29 The origin of volatiles in the abiotic early Earth environment
29 Dunér David  Pr M no SE EL 2016-02-15 to 2016-02-21 Knowledge Management in Interdisciplinary Environments: the Astrobiology case
30 Civiš Svatopluk  Pr M no CZ FR 2016-02-01 to 2016-02-22 Theoretical Studies on Formation of Biomolecules Simple Precursors in Formamide-like Chemistry
31 Ferus Martin  Dr M yes CZ EL 2016-03-01 to 2016-03-15 Composition of Interplanetary Matter from Meteor Spectroscopy - Laboratory LIBS Measurement
32 Capova Klara Anna  Dr F yes UK SE 2016-02-01 to 2016-02-06 Astrobiology White Paper
33 Oshagh Mahmoudreza  Dr M yes DE PT 2016-04-03 to 2016-04-15 Understanding the activity-induced radial velocity jitter using space-based K2 photometry and HARPS
34 Pascual Natalia  Ms F yes UK DK 2016-04-18 to 2016-04-25 VUV spectroscopy of PAHs using synchrotron radiation
35 Adibekyan Vardan  Dr M yes PT ES 2016-02-29 to 2016-03-11 Star-planet connection through chemistry
36 Simoncini Eugenio  Dr M yes IT DK 2016-04-03 to 2016-04-09 KROME for Planetary Atmospheres
  Applications for Aug-Oct 2016 
37 Vuitton Véronique  Dr F no FR CZ 2016-09-16 to 2016-09-23 Experimental investigation of the chemical reactions of negative ions of interest for Titan and the ISM
38 Strazzulla Giovanni  Pr M no IT UK 2016-10-23 to 2016-11-05 Multispectral investigation of ices after 1 keV electron bombardment
39 López-Archilla Anabel Dr F no ES FR 2016-07-06 to 2016-08-03 Identification of extremophilic microbial species isolated from Dallol samples (Ethiopia) using molecular methods and analysis of chemical data
40 Mazankova Vera  Dr F yes CZ SK 2016-08-01 to 2016-08-26 Experiments with DC gliding discharge fed by CH4-N2 and admixtures for simulation of prebiotic atmosphere
41 Noble Jennifer Dr F yes FR NL 2016-07-31 to 2016-08-21 THz irradiation and spectroscopy of interstellar ice analogues
42 Woolman Peter Mr M yes UK DE 2016-08-14 to 2016-08-20 Isolation of halophilic microbes from Boulby Mine
43 Strbak Oliver Mr M yes SK AT 2016-08-01 to 2016-08-31 Understanding the metal oxidation machinery in archeon M. sedula
44 Figueira Pedro  Dr M yes PT DE 2016-08-03 to 2016-08-17 Studying the ability to detect exoplanets by looking at our own Sun
45 Faria João Mr M yes PT PT 2016-10-16 to 2016-10-22 Best methods to mitigate stellar radial velocity signals in the quest for other Earths
  Applications for Nov 2016 - Feb 2017
47 Oshagh Mahmoudreza  Dr M yes DE PT 2017-02-05 to 2017-02-11 c: Is it possible to detect and characterize exoplanet phase-curve using the CHEOPS space telescope?
48 Adibekyan Vardan  Dr M yes PT DE 2017-01-23 to 2017-01-31 Stellar noise and exoplanets: exploring a novel spectroscopic method to probe stellar variability
49 Francois Camille  Dr F yes BE FR 2016-11-15 to 2017-02-15 Re-Os dating on Proterozoic organic-walled microfossils of the Mbuji-Mayi Supergroup, Democratic Republic of Congo
50 Price Alex Mr M yes UK FR 2017-01-30 to 2017-02-03 Nitrate-dependent iron oxidation: a candidate martian metabolism
52 Nuppunen-Puputti Maija  Ms F yes FI UK 2017-02-05 to 2017-02-13 Living on Hard Rock
53 Capova Klara  Anna Dr F yes UK CH 2016-12-12 to 2016-12-16 Social Aspects of Astrobiology in the EU
54 Waltemathe Michael  Dr M no DE CH 2016-12-12 to 2016-12-16 Education and outreach for astrobiology research in humanities education in the EU
  Applications  for Jun 2017 - Oct 2018  
55 Pal  Bernadet Ms F yes HU FR 2017-10-09 to 2017-10-13 Improved estimation on the possibility of liquid water emergence by deliquescence on Mars using climate modelling with focus on local conditions
56 Strazzulla Giovanni Prof M no IT DK 2017-09-03 to 2017-09-11 Photoabsorption Spectroscopy of Electron Irradiated frozen C2H2 and mixtures with H2O and N2
57 Hickman-Lewis Kenyon Mr M yes FR IT 2017-09-24 to 2017-11-04 Chemotrophic life in Mars-analogue rocks on Earth - implications for the search for life on Mars
58 Mazankova Vera  Dr F yes CZ SK 2017-09-11 to 2017-09-22 Consultation of results from previous experiments with DC gliding and corona discharges fed by CH4-N2
59 Purkamo Lotta  Dr F yes UK CH 2017-06-15 to 2017-06-23 Functional characteristics of microbial communities habiting the ultra-deep crystalline bedrock 
60 Oshagh Mahmoudreza  Dr M yes DE PT 2017-08-28 to 2017-09-08 Identifying the best approach to eliminate the stellar granulation noise; a necessary step towards finding Earth2.0
61 Ferus Martin Dr F yes CZ EL 2017-09-13 to 2017-10-03 Detection of carbon refractory material in meteors: Synthetic and reference spectra and their comparison with observations
62 Fox Stefan Dr M yes DE FR 2017-09-17 to 2017-09-30 Porphyrin Magnetite Interaction Under Early Earth´s Conditions
63 Gokhale Chaitanya  Dr M yes DE FI 2017-08-23 to 2017-09-02 Iceland Mission 2017
  Applications for Nov 2017 - Mar 2018
64 Laurent Boris  Dr M yes UK NL 2018-01-28 to 2018-02-09 UV detection of irradiated organics in Martian soil: an experimental approach for future robotic missions
65 Hickman-Lewis Keyron  Mr M yes FR IT 2018-02-01 to 2018-03-15 Geochemical tracing of hydrothermal microbial biomes: implications for Martian astrobiology
66 Losch Andreas  Dr M no CH SE 2018-02-11 to 2018-02-19 Astrobiology as a key to understand philosophy: the Kant-Swedenborg connection
67 Macey Michael  Dr M yes UK FR 2018-02-21 to 2018-03-01 Origins And Evolution Of Life On Earth And In The Universe
68 Kanuchova Zuzana  Dr F no SK UK 2018-01-15 to 2018-02-04 Mid-infrared spectroscopy of electron irradiated ices of astrochemical relevancy -  a search for cyanopolyynes
69 Zymak Illia  Dr M yes CZ FR 2018-02-01 to 2018-02-16 Measurements of organic calibrants at different matrices using Cosmoorbitrap with MALDI ion source
70 Wudarska Alicja  Mrs F yes PL DE 2017-11-13 to 2017-12-01 Volatiles in the abiotic Early Earth environment and the study of stable isotopes in apatite
71 Haidau Catalina  Ms F yes RO UK 2018-01-05 to 2018-03-01 Ascunsa Cave Microbiology
72 Losiak Anna  Dr F yes UK ES 2018-01-21 to 2018-01-28 Experimental modeling of proximal ejecta deposition of impact craters
73 Birski Lukasz  Mr M yes PL EL 2018-02-26 to 2018-03-30 Selectrion and characterisation of apatites from nine (9) Martian meteorites for further analytical work.
74 Taubner Ruth  Ms F yes AT UK 2018-02-04 to 2018-02-23 Testing Methanogens on Brines Simulating the Subsurface Ocean of Enceladus
75 Ferus Martin  Dr M yes CZ EL 2018-02-18 to 2018-02-26 Formation of biomolecules over iron rich clays and martian Nakhla meteorite
76 Pál  Bernadett  Ms F yes HU FR 2018-02-11 to 2018-02-17 Application of meterology model for vertical H2O transport in the Martian atmosphere to support ExoMars mission and the establishment of a small Hungarian modelling group
  Applications for April 2018
77 Hickman-Lewis Kenyon Mr M yes FR SE vv Martian analogues
78 Milligan Tony Dr M no UK SE 2018-04-16 to 2018-04-20 Writing-Up Meeting: Astrobiology White Paper 
79 Capova Klara Anna Dr F yes UK SE 2018-04-16 to 2018-04-20 Writing-Up Meeting: Astrobiology White Paper 
80 Lasbleis Marine Dr F yes FR GE 2018-04-22 to 2018-04-28 Mantle and core evolution of rocky bodies, in the solar system and beyond







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:



Grant Holder Financial Representative:

Mrs Annick Caperan

Science Officer:
Dr. Mafalda QUINTAS

Administrative Officer:
Ms Ange Marie Ina Uwase



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COST is supported by the EU Framework Programme Horizon 2020



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COST International Partner Countries
Canada (UQAM), South Africa (Univ. of Johanesburgh), Russian Federation (Institute of Geology, Petrozavodsk), Australia (University of Sydney), United States of America (University of Hawai)

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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.

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