From star and planet formation to early Life

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The meeting will cover a multitude of scientific subjects ranging from star and planet formation until the early evolution of life on Earth. It aims to bring together astronomers, physicists, chemists, geologists and biologists as well as academics and students from humanities to discuss the most important questions and newest findings in all related disciplines. Special sessions will be devoted to comets, meteorites, prebiotic chemistry and early life.  

The conference constitutes the yearly meeting of the COST Action "Origins and evolution of Life in the Universe" and the Nordic Network of Astrobiology and will take place from 25 to 28 April 2016 at the Art Nouveau style Hotel Artis Centrum in the historical city centre of Vilnius (UNESCO World Hertiage Site). For further information about the event, access the relevant webpages in the menu bar above. 

Conference organisers are Prof. Gražina Tautvaišienė (Vilnius University) and Prof. Wolf Geppert (Stockholm University).

On Friday 29th April 2016 before lunch a meeting of the COST Action "Origins and evolution of Life in the Universe" will take place. Albeit this is not an official part of the conference, attendees are welcome to participate.

A preliminary programme can be downloaded soon as .doc file and .pdf file by clicking on these links. 

Invited and plenary speakers
Nadia Balucani, University of Perugia, Italy
José Cernicharo, Centro de Astrobiología, Spain
Philippe Claeys, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium
Anne Dutrey, University of Bordeaux, France
Johann Peter Gogarten, University of Connecticut, USA
Henning Haack, University of Copenhagen, Denmark, 
Robert Hazen, Carnegie Institution of Washington, USA
Martin Hilchenbach, MPI for Solar System Research, Germany
Emmanuelle Javaux,University of Liége, Belgium
Etienne Klein, CEA, France
Willy Kley, University of Tübingen, Germany
Helge Kragh, University of Aarhus, Denmark
Antonio Lazcano, National Autonomous University of Mexico
Nick Lane, UCL, UK 
Purificación López-García, Université Paris Sud, CNRS, Orléans, France
Ian Lyon, University of Manchester, UK
Christophe Malaterre, UQAM, Canada
Bernard Marty, CRPG, France 
Karen Meech, University of Hawai’i at Manoa, USA
Uwe Meierheinrich, ,Université de Nice Sophia Antipolis,France
Tom Millar, Queen’s University Belfast, UK
Stephen Mojzsis, University of Colorado, USA 
Christoph Mordasini, University of Bern, Switzerland 
David Moreira, Université Paris Sud, France
Guillermo Muñoz Caro,Centro de Astrobiología, Spain,
Wolfgang Nitschke, Université Aix-Marseille, France
Sijbren Otto, University of Groningen, The Netherlands
Matthew Powner, UCL, UK
Jacques Reisse, Université Libre de Bruxelle, Belgium
Clement Vidal, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium
Catherine Walsh, Leiden University, The Netherlands

The web page is found under this address:

Event Date: 
Monday, April 25, 2016 - 09:00 to Thursday, April 28, 2016 - 16:00
Event Location: 
Vilnius, Lithuania
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.