IAU International Conference on "Search for life: from early Earth to exoplanets"

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XIIe Rencontres du Vietnam
December 12th-16th 2016, Qhy Nonh, Vietnam

IAU International Conference on «Search for life: from early Earth to exoplanets»

The program of the conference will focus on 4 main themes:

  • Formation, evolution and habitability of planetary systems
  • Early Earth environment
  • From prebiotic chemistry to early Earth
  • Life in Universe, societal impacts and ethical issues

A 2-days Training School on the «Basics in Astrobiology» will be organized before the conference (December 9th-11th)



  • - Training school registration: June 15th
  • - Application for contributed talk: June 15th

  • - Early bird conference registration fee: September 15th

  • - Application for poster: November 1st

  • - Registration and hotel booking: November 1st

Contact: Muriel Gargaud (gargaud [at] obs.u-bordeaux1.fr) and Nikos Prantzos (prantzos [at] iap.fr), co-chairs of the conference.

Event Date: 
Monday, December 12, 2016 - 08:00 to Friday, December 16, 2016 - 18:00
Event Location: 
Qhy Nonh, Vietnam
IAU International Conference
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.