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The aim of the course is to give participants a thorough overview of the historical, philosophical and ethical questions arising in this field. It is co-organised by the Nordic Network of Astrobiology and the EU COST Action "Origins and Evolution of Life on Earth and in the Universe". It will, amongst others deal with the following themes:
This summer school is open for students and scientists in humanities, natural, social and political sciences, in addition to all members of the COST TD1308. Topics covered include: Definition of life in a historical and philosophical context, Biochemical evolution, The tree of evolution, Search for life outside Earth, Philosophical, ethical and political questions arising with the quest for life on other celestial bodies.
A multitude of highly merited researchers have agreed to teach at the course: (see the course website for details). The deadline for application is 15 January 2015 23:59:00 UTC.
Bursaries for students and early career scientists (up to 8 years after their Ph. D.) from countries taking part in the COST Action TD1308 (see homepage for details) are available.