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September 2016
24 Sep

SoCIA 2016: An Interdisciplinary Workshop on Social and Conceptual Issues in Astrobiology

SoCIA 2016 is an off-year workshop of the International Society for the History, Philosophy, and Social Studies of Biology (ISHPSSB) and as such seeks to bring together an group of younger scholars and senior figures in an intense yet informal exchange of ideas - participants will attend all presentations and there will be many opportunities for friendly interaction and discussion.

The workshop is open to any researcher in any discipline interested in applying their expertise to these kinds of broad questions. Those interested should submit abstracts of no more than 400 words to Dr. Kelly Smith (kcs [at ] by June 1st, 2016.  Graduate students and younger scholars are especially encouraged to submit and support is available to help make their attendance possible.

Saturday, September 24, 2016 - 09:00 to Sunday, September 25, 2016 - 18:00
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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.