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List of Scientific Publications resulting from the Action

Special issue in Origins of Life and Evolution of Biospheres,
Volume 46, Issue 4, December 2016, ISSN: 0169-6149 (Print) 1573-0875 (Online).

  1. Introduction to the Special Issue - Habitability in the Universe: from the Early Earth to Exoplanets, Muriel Gargaud, Wolf Dietrich Geppert…Pages 347-349
  2. Which Type of Planets do We Expect to Observe in the Habitable Zone?, Vardan Adibekyan, Pedro Figueira…Pages 351-359
  3. Proton-Induced Collisions on Potential Prebiotic Species, Marie-Christine Bacchus-MontabonelPages 361-368
  4. PLANET TOPERS: Planets, Tracing the Transfer, Origin, Preservation, and Evolution of their Reservoirs, V. Dehant, D. Asael, R. M. Baland…Pages 369-384
  5. A Pragmatic Bayesian Perspective on Correlation Analysis, P. Figueira, J. P. Faria, V. Zh. Adibekyan…Pages 385-393
  6. Host Star Evolution for Planet Habitability, Florian Gallet, Corinne Charbonnel…Pages 395-401
  7. Fungal Spores Viability on the International Space Station, I. Gomoiu, E. Chatzitheodoridis, S. Vadrucci…Pages 403-418
  8. Step Towards Modeling the Atmosphere of Titan: State-Selected Reactions of O+ with Methane, J. Hrušák, I. Paidarová Pages 419-424
  9. Selective Phosphonylation of 5′-Adenosine Monophosphate (5′-AMP) via Pyrophosphite [PPi(III)], Karl Kaye, David E. Bryant…Pages 425-434
  10. Indicators and Methods to Understand Past Environments from ExoMars Rover Drills, A. Kereszturi, B. Bradak…Pages 435-454
  11., A. Kereszturi, E. ChatzitheodoridisPages 455-471
  12. Review on the Role of Planetary Factors on Habitability, A. Kereszturi, L. NoackPages 473-486
  13. Reflected Light from Giant Planets in Habitable Zones: Tapping into the Power of the Cross-Correlation Function, J. H. C. Martins, N. C. Santos, P. Figueira…Pages 487-498
  14. The Influence of CO2 Admixtures on the Product Composition in a Nitrogen-Methane Atmospheric Glow Discharge Used as a Prebiotic Atmosphere Mimic, V. Mazankova, L. Torokova, F. Krcma…Pages 499-506
  15. The Logic of Life, Robert Pascal, Addy ProssPages 507-513
  16. First Evidence on the Role of Heavy Ion Irradiation of Meteorites and Formamide in the Origin of Biomolecules, Raffaele Saladino, Eleonora Carota…Pages 515-521
  17. Proton Gradients as a Key Physical Factor in the Evolution of the Forced Transport Mechanism Across the Lipid Membrane, Oliver Strbak, Zuzana Kanuchova…Pages 523-531
  18. A Pilot Study of Ion - Molecule Reactions at Temperatures Relevant to the Atmosphere of Titan, Illia Zymak, Ján Žabka, Miroslav Polášek…Pages 533-538



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 Aranzazu SANCHEZ



A Trans-Domain Action supported by COST.

COST is supported by the EU Framework Programme Horizon 2020



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Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, 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), Russian Federation (Institute of Geology, Petrozavodsk), Australia (University of Sydney), United States of America (University of Hawai)

Specific Organisations
European Space Agency (ESA)

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.