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28 Oct
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Budapest meeting: Missions to Habitable Worlds

The aim of the two days long conference (28-29 October) is to provide forum for trans domain interaction in astrobiology connected to next missions - thus the organizers expect contribution from biologists, chemists, Earth scientists, astronomers, philosophers etc. On the first day mission PIs will present the astrobiology relevant aspects of ExoMars, JUICE, and next space telescope missions.

On the second day a "Trans-domain view of habitability" session will take place, where biologist, chemist, Earth scientist and astronomer will present how they see the term habitability. A panel discussion will follow on he habitability issue - here contribution, suggestions from anybody is welcomed.

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29 Nov
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Extreme Solar Systems III

This conference, the third in a series that began in 2007 (Santorini meeting on Extreme Solar Systems, followed by Extreme Solar Systems II in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, in 2011), will cover all aspects of research on exoplanets. It will take place at the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa on the Big Island of Hawai'i. The dates of the meeting happen to coincide with the 20th anniversary of the paper by Mayor & Queloz reporting the discovery of 51 Peg b, in November 1995. The latest information and updates on the meeting will always be available online at:

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08 May
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    International Conferences

The Origin of Life - 2nd Conference on History and Philosophy of Astrobiology

This conference will deal with the transition of non-living to living matter, how chemical processes evolve into biological ones and the onset of biological evolution as well as the tree of life. Scientists and students from humanities and natural sciences will convene to discuss these questions that engaged mankind since centuries.

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22 Mar
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Habitability in the Universe: From the Early Earth to Exoplanets (Porto 2015)

This conference is the first Conference and WGPP (Working Group and Project Planning) meeting of the TD1308 COST action ORIGINS.

This action addresses three basic questions that fascinate and intrigue scientists, and the general public alike: Where, when and how did life emerge and evolve on Earth? What are the conditions under which life can exist? Does life exist elsewhere in the Universe and, if it does, how can it be detected and identified? The action has specifically excluded the search for intelligent extraterrestrial life in its portfolio.

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13 Jul
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Pathways 2015: Pathways towards habitable planets

One of the most exciting scientific challenges of this century is the search of habitable worlds around other stars, and the characterization of their atmospheres with the goal of detecting signs of biological activity. This is a long-term, interdisciplinary endeavor, engaging astrophysicists, biologists, planetary scientists, and instrument scientists.

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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:



Grant Holder Financial Representative:

Mrs Annick Caperan

Science Officer:
Dr. Mafalda QUINTAS

Administrative Officer:
Ms Ange Marie Ina Uwase



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, 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.