Evolution of Chemical Complexity: From simple interstellar molecules to terrestrial biopolymers

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Conference: Evolution of Chemical Complexity: From simple interstellar molecules to terrestrial biopolymers

Liblice Castle, Czech Republic, 13 – 15 September 2016

The meeting will try to map the chemical evolution of the molecular building blocks of life from their possible sources in the interstellar medium, the atmospheres of planets and on their surfaces. It also aims to serve to engage the astrochemistry and systems chemistry communities into a dialogue.

The meeting venue is Liblice Castle (http://www.chateau-liblice.com/), a 18th century castle in a wonderful park offers 4 star hotel accommodation, excellent meeting facilities in Baroque settings and excellent meals.

The venue is situated only a 30 minute’s drive from Václav Havel airport in Prague. A shuttle service will be provided on the arrival and departure days. Although the venue is very nice the fees for the meeting are fairly low.

Please note: Bursaries are available for scientists and Ph.D. students from countries participating in the European Union COST Action "Origins and Evolution of Life on Earth and in the Universe". A list of these countries can be inspected at http://www.cost.eu/COST_Actions/tdp/TD1308?parties

These bursaries amount to  € 60,- for each night between 12th and  15th September, and EUR 20,- for each meal which roughly covers the cost of  food and accommodation in single rooms at Liblice Castle. In addition the bursary includes  a travel allowance of max € 300,- for economy class  flights or equal surface transportation. These grants will be preferentially allocated to talk and poster presenters, early career investigators (up to 8 years after their first Ph.D.) and attendees from EU Inclusiveness Target Countries.

Deadline for registration and abstract submission is 15 July 2016.

For further infos check the website: https://www.jh-inst.cas.cz/tchem/cost2016/

Event Date: 
Tuesday, September 13, 2016 - 09:00 to Thursday, September 15, 2016 - 16:00
Event Location: 
Liblice Castle, Czech Republic
J. Heyrovsky Institute of Physical Chemistry of the ASCR
Event Category: 
International Conferences

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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.