Summer school “Formation and evolution of planetary systems and habitable planets”

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Summer school “Formation and evolution of planetary systems and habitable planets


We would like to invite interested researchers and students to apply for the Summer schoolFormation and evolution of planetary systems and habitable planets”, which will take place in Moletai, Lithuania (close to Vilnius) from 21 to 30 August 2015.


The summer school will present an overview of the pathways formation of habitable planets both in our and extrasolar planets. It is co-organised by the Nordic Network of Astrobiology, the Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership "European Astrobiology Campus" and the EU COST Action "Origins and Evolution of Life on Earth and in the Universe". Its programme includes: 

  • Lectures by internationally leading scientists covering a broad range of astrobiology 
  • observations of star transits as well as other interesting astronomical objects like Churyumov-Gerasimenko comet with the 1.65 m and broad field 51 cm telescope at the Moletai Observatory
  • Remote observations using other telescopes in Europe
  • 2 Poster sessions for students and early career scientists
  • Participant-led discussions about forefront-topics

Bursaries are available for around 32 Ph. D. students and early career scientists (up to 8 years after their first Ph. D.) based in many countries taking part in the EU COST Action TD1308 (This include most European states). This covers meals and accommodation and includes a travel allowance.


Deadline for application is 15 June 2015.


Further information about the event can be found at


See you soon in Moletai !

Event Date: 
Friday, August 21, 2015 - 09:00 to Sunday, August 30, 2015 - 15:00
Event Location: 
Moletai, Lithuania (close to Vilnius)
Nordic Network of Astrobiology & EU COST Action "ORIGINS"
Event Category: 
Training schools

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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.