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July 2017
25 Jul

Summer school “Impacts and their role in the evolution of Life” (Saaremaa, Estonia, 25 July – 3 August)

Summer school

“Impacts and their role in the evolution of Life”
(Saaremaa, Estonia, 25 July – 3 August 2017)

This school will give attendees a thorough introduction into impactsimpactors, and the role of impacts in the evolution of life.

The website for the summer school can be found under:

Deadline for applications in the 30th April 2017.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017 - 09:00 to Thursday, August 3, 2017 - 14:00
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03 Jul

International Symposium on Astronomy and Astrobiology Education: theory, methods, impacts and future directions

This international symposium, co-sponsored by the International Astronomical Union (IAU) and the European Astrobiology Campus (EAC,, is designed to bring education research in astronomy in general, and in astrobiology in particular, to the professional scientific community.



Monday, July 3, 2017 - 09:00 to Saturday, July 8, 2017 - 18:00
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May 2017
20 May

IAU Symposium S332 Astrochemistry VII – Through the Cosmos from Galaxies to Planets

The study of astrochemistry has become an important branch of modern astronomy and astrophysics. Molecules are key tools in exploring topics such as star and planet formation, mass loss mechanisms in late-type stars, the origin and evolution of interstellar dust grains, the structure of the interstellar medium in galaxies and the origin of protogalaxies in the early Universe.

The active synergy between astronomical observation, laboratory experiment and theoretical modelling has been reinforced at the recent IAU General Assembly (Hawaii 2015) by the creation of a new IAU Commission (B5) on Laboratory Astrophysics, of which laboratory astrochemistry is an essential component.

This meeting is the seventh in a series addressing the broad and fast-moving discipline of astrochemistry. The most recent meeting in this series, IAUS280: The Molecular Universe, was held in Toledo, Spain, in 2011. The meetings held prior to that can be viewed on the history section of the IAUS280 website.

Saturday, May 20, 2017 - 09:00 to Wednesday, May 24, 2017 - 18:00
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April 2017
03 Apr

Early Earth and ExoEarths: origin and evolution of life (Warsaw, Poland 3-7 April, 2017)

Warsaw, Poland 3-7 April, 2017

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.

Monday, April 3, 2017 - 08:00 to Friday, April 7, 2017 - 16:00
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March 2017
05 Mar

Astrobiology Introductory Course, March 5-11th 2017, Le Teich (Bordeaux), France

The second edition of the Astrobiology Introductory Course will be held from 5 to 11 March 2017 in the Ornithological Park of le Teich (33, France).

This school is addressed to:
• Any  student preparing his PhD thesis in Astronomy, Geology, Chemistry, Biology or History/Philosophy of sciences in France or any other country.
• Any students wishing to acquire an interdisciplinary training in astrobiology to complete their initial training and to be able to address issues at the origins of life on Earth, its evolution and its distribution in the Universe.
Sunday, March 5, 2017 - 09:00 to Saturday, March 11, 2017 - 18:00
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A Trans-Domain Action supported by COST.

COST is supported by the EU Framework Programme Horizon 2020



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Participating Countries
Austria, Belgium, 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)

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.