Nordic Network of Astrobiology
Sweden Denmark Finland Norway Iceland Estonia Lithuania USA

Supported by:

Nordforsk

Nordic Network of Astrobiology

Towards a Nordic Research and Training Area in Astrobiology

Participating institutions:

Contact

For all enquiries concerning the Network please contact the Network coordinator:
Wolf D. Geppert,
Stockholm University,
tel. +46 8 55378649,
fax +46 8 55378601.

Summer course "Exoplanets"

La Palma, Canary Islands, 24 September- 2 October 2014

The aim of the course is to give participants a thorough multidisciplinary introduction into the field of exoplanets, their detection, types, characterization, and to explore the possibility of life on exoplanets. In addition, more general planetary subjects like formation of planetary systems, habitability of planets, and physical processes in planetary atmospheres will be covered. To give participants some hands-on experience with detection of exoplanets, observations of several exoplanet transits using the Nordic Optical Telescope will be carried out. The course is open to PhD students and early career scientists (up to 8 years after their first Ph. D.) from all countries. It is co-organised by the Nordic Network of Astrobiology and the EU COST Action "Origin and Evolution of Life on Earth and in the Universe" Please find all neccessary infos at the website of the course.

4th Nordic Astrobiology Conference "Biomarkers Across Space and Time"

Bergen, Norway, 20 - 22 May 2014

Two big questions are at the centre of research regarding the emergence of life on Earth and the possibility of life in the universe: (a) is there life on other celestial bodies? and (b) when did life first appear on Earth ? To throw light on these questions, reliable methods for the detection of life using unambiguous biosignatures are essential. This meeting will to bring together astronomers, geologists, biologists and other interested scientists to share interdisciplinary approaches to detect signs of life on early Earth and other celestial bodies (including exoplanets) and to elucidate the environmental limits and origins of life.

Scientific sessions are planned for the following subjects:

The meeting is open to all interested scientists. However, the organisers will not issue any invitations for participants to obtain visa for attending the meeting.

The meeting is co-organised by the Nordic Network of Astrobiology and the Centre of Geobiology at the University of Bergen and will take place from 20 to 22 May 2014 at the Egget Auditorium at the University of Bergen. For further information about the event, accesss the website of the conference:

http://www.nordicastrobiology.net/Biosignatures2014

UHNAI-Nordic Winter School "Water and the Evolution of Life in the Universe"

Hawai'i, 1-14 January 2014

The winter school Water and the Evolution of Life in the Universe" will be held in Hawai'i from 1-14 January 2014. The applications for the event has expired. Information about the course will be sent to all accepted participants.

3rd Nordic Astrobiology Conference "Isotopes as diagnostic tools in astronomy, geology and biology"

Höör, Sweden, 11 - 14 June 2013

The third meeting of the Nordic Network of Astrobiology will be devoted to the subject "Isotopes as diagnostic tools in astronomy, geology and biology". Isotope ratios are used in many fields of astrobiology, to determine the origin and synthesis pathways of interstellar molecules, to date early geological formation, to assess paleoclimates and, last but not least to detect life on early Earth. The conference aims to bring researchers from different fields using isotopes together to exchange the newest developments in this field and to develop ideas for further research.

The conference will take place at Ã�kersberg StiftsgÃ¥rd in Höör, SkÃ¥ne in Southern Sweden. The venue is only a 400m walk from Höör railway station. From Höör station there are direct connections to Copenhagen Airport every hour during daytime and the journey takes only 50 minutes.

The meeting is open to interested scientists all over the world. For further information check the conference website.


"Summer course "Impacts and their Role in the Evolution of Life"

Kuressaare, Estonia, 16 - 25 August 2013

The course "Impacts and their Role in the Evolution of Life" will take place from 16 to 25 August 2013 at Kuressaare and the Kaali impact crater site on the island of Saaremaa, Estonia. The Stockholm University Astrobiology Centre and the Nordic Network of Astrobiology will function as co-organisers of the course. It aims to give students a thorough introduction in the role of meteorite and comets impacts in the formation of Earth, its atmosphere and the evolution of life. The course consists of lectures, pratical exercises and student-led discussions. Participants will also have the possibility to display their own research results in two poster sessions. The lecture programme will be complemented by practical exercises concerning:

Participants will also have the possibility to display their own research results in two poster sessions. Furthermore, excursions to geologically interesting sites like the Panga cliffs will be organised.

For further information check the website of the course.


"Summer course "Molecules in space"

Onsala Space Observatory, Sweden, 25 June - 2 July 2013

The summer course "Molecules in space", which will be held at Onsala Space Observatory , Sweden from 25 June to 2 July 2013, aims to give participants a thorough introduction into the role of molecules in many astronomical environments. The Stockholm University Astrobiology Centre and the Norsic Network of Astrobiology are functioning as co-organisers of this course. The programme of the summer school comprises:

The event is aimed for graduate (masters and Ph. D.) students and early career scientists (up to 5 years after their first Ph. D. in a related field) in fields relevant to astrochemistry and astrobiology. The event is open to applicants from all nationalities. Detailed information about the summer school and the application procedure (deadline 2 April 2013) can be found here.


First International Workshop on Education in Astrobiology

Höör, Sweden, 6 - 9 June 2013

Fhe First International Workshop on Education in Astrobiology will take place in Höör, Sweden from 6 - 9 June 2013, The meeting aims to bring together scientists and teachers engaged in astrobiology education on universities and other training institutions to

Training students in such a multidisciplinary subject implies a lot of challenges and pitfalls, both in the set-up and organization of the course, choice of lecturers and literature, grading of students as well as the necessity of new teaching methods. The conference will not only serve as forum for exchange of ideas and experiences, but also as a starting point for a long-term international collaboration in astrobiology teaching.

The meeting venue is held at the very pleasant �kersberg Stiftsgård which is only a 50 min direct train ride from Copenhagen International Airport. For further information about the event check its website.

Nordic-Hawai'i Summer School "Water, Ice and the Origin of Life in the Universe", Iceland, 2-15 July 2012

The summer school "Water, Ice and the Origin of Life in the Universe" was held in Iceland from 2-15 July 2012. The event got excellent reviews from the participants. Moreover, it also appeared on Icelandic TV, also the most important Icelandic newspaper "Morgunblaðið" ran an article.

2nd Nordic Astrobiology Conference "The Warm Universe - Astrochemistry at Intermediate and Elevated Temperatures"

Tallinn, Estonia, 29 May - 2 June 2012

This year's meeting was devoted to the subject "The Warm Universe - Astrochemistry at Intermediate and Elevated Temperatures". It was organised as a joint event with the European Union COST Action "The Chemical Cosmos: Understanding Chemical Processe in Astronomical Environments".

The meeting was a great success with around 90 Nordic and international scientists attending. It served to put our Network on the map in the international Astrobiology and Astrochemistry community.

Information about the meeting is available on the website of the event.

Aims of the Nordic Network of Astrobiology

The Nordic Network of Astrobiology is a network of universities, other higher education institutions and research entities in the Nordic and Baltic Countries. Its aims to

Funding and duration

No membership fees are charged. The Nordic Network of Astrobiology will apply for financial support for its activities from national and international research funding bodies. It is the duty of all teams to take part in this. The coordination group decides about the allocation of funds. Generally, it is expected that teams fund their own research activities and their participation in the Network, unless the Coordination group decides otherwise.

Funding for the Network had been secured by the Nordic Council of Ministers under the NordForsk scheme for 2007-2010 with a total amount of NOK 1 200 000,- for different networking activities.

Members

Currently 17 research institutions are part of the network. 14 are located in the 5 different Nordic Countries. We have also one Estonian, one Lithuanian and one US institution. Furthermore the Nordic Network is an Affiliated Partner of the NASA Astrobiology institute since May 2011. For a complete list of the members please explore the menubar on the left. Members of the Coordination Group are listed on the Participants webpage.

Events

A summer school entitled "Water, Ice and the Origin of Life in the Universe" has been co-organised from 2-15 July 2012 in Iceland by the Nordic Astrobiology Network and the NASA Astrobiology Institute. For detailed information about the summer school access the website of the event.

The first scientific conference of the network was held from 19 September to 21 September in Turku, Finland. It was entitled "Comets Rocks and life" and will feature talks by internationally renowned experts in the field. Fur further information please consult the website of the conference. During the conference the participants were also able to explore the new "Time Trek" astrobiology walking trail. Time Trek is a 13.7-kilometre trekking route from the Tuorla Observatory to the University of Turku that portrays the Universe's 13.7 billion years of history.

A summer school in Iceland entitled "Water, Ice and the Origin of Life in the Universe" was organised in Iceland 29 June - 3 August 2009 in co-operation with the NASA Astrobiology Institute. Furthermore, a winter school with the subject "Water and the evolution of Life in the Universe" was held in Hawai'i in the beginning of 2011. The Nordic Countries also hosted the Astrobiology Graduate Conference AbGradCon 2010 (Tällberg, Sweden 14-18 June 2010). Furthermore a satellite workshop for young Scientists to the European Astrobiology Network Association (EANA), held in October 2007 in Turku, was organised. We also held an one-day symposium in Stockholm in November 2009 entitled " Water Delivery on Early Earth " in co-operation with the Swedish Astrobiology Network (SWAN).

Please check the respective links for Network events.

Statutes and membership

The statutes of the network containing information about joining it can be downloaded here as .doc and here as a .pdf file.