Nordic Network of Astrobiology
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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 school "Formation of complex molecules in space and on planets - From interstellar clouds to life"

Tartu, Estonia, 17 - 22 July 2017

The course "Formation of complex molecules in space and on planets - From interstellar clouds to life" will take place from 17 to 22 July 2017 at the University of Tartu. It aims to give students an overview of the biochemical evolution in the universe from formation of the first molecules in interstellar clouds to the assembly of the first cells on Earth. The course consists of lectures and student-led discussions. Participants will also have the possibility to display their own research results in two poster sessions.The following subjects will be covered by the lectures:

The following scientists will give lectures at the meeting:

Herma Cuppen, University of Nijmegen, The Netherlands
Ernesto di Mauro, University of Rome La Sapienza, Italy
Daniele Galli, Astrophysical Observatory of Arcetri, Italy
Linda McGown, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA
Tom J. Millar, Queen's University, Belfast, UK
Hans Olofsson, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden
Steen Rasmussen, University of Southern Denmark, DK
Søren Toxværd, Roskilde University, DK
Veronique Vuitton, Université Grenoble-Alpes, France
Sofia Wallström, Academica Sinica, Taiwan
Catherine Walsh, Leeds University, UK
David A. Williams, University College London, UK
Wolf Geppert, Stockholm University Astrobiology Centre, Sweden

Participants will also have the possibility to display their own research results in a poster session. Furthermore, a half-day excursion to interesting sites in the area (Ice Age Museum, Lake Peipus) and a walk in Tartu are included as a social programme.

Accommodations and meal COSTs are very low.

The event is aimed for students an early career scientists and open to applicants from all nationalities. Detailed information about the summer school and the application procedure (deadline 31 May 2017) can be found at the website:

http://www.nordicastrobiology.net/Tartu2017

Conference for Early Career Astrobiologists "The Early History of Planetary systems and habitable planets"

Tartu, Estonia, 8 - 10 August 2017

The Astrobiology early career scientists conference "The Early History of Planetary systems and habitable planets" will be hosted in Tartu, Estonia. The event will start on the morning of August 8th and finishes in August 10th in the evening.

The meeting targets all related aspects of the subject. A broad range of contributions on formation and early development of planetary systems and particularly the habitable planets is expected, with links to other fields covered by astrobiology. The main (but by no means exclusive) themes of the conference are:

A large number of bursaries is available for students and early career scientists (up to 8 years after their Ph.D) covering meals and accommodation during the entire meeting (evening August 7th, to morning August 11th). Deadline for registration is 29th June 2017. Information can be found at the website: https://sisu.ut.ee/eac/home-0

Conference "Geoscience for understanding habitability in the solar system"

Terra Nostra Garden Hotel, Furnas, Azores, 25 - 29 September 2017

The conference "Geoscience for understanding habitability in the solar system and beyond"will be held from 25 to 29 September 2017 at the Terra Nostra Garden Hotel, Furnas, Azores, Portugal. The meeting will start on 25 September in the morning and finish on 29 September at lunchtime. The conference functions as an EGU Galileo meeting and is co-organized by the COST action "Origins and Evolution of Life on Earth and in the Universe", the Nordic Network of Astrobiology, and the Belgian Planet Topers project. It is co-chaired by Prof. Veronique Dehant (Royal Observatory of Belgium) and by Prof. Wolf Geppert (Stockholm University Astrobiology Centre).

The conference will be held at the Hotel Terra Nostra Garden****. The hotel is a newly renovated Art Deco hotel with a very good restaurant and a large, famous botanical garden. The João Paulo Airport with frequent direct flights to the European mainland is located only 45 km from the venue. See the Conference website for details. The deadline for registration and abstract submission is 15 June 2017.

Summer school "Impacts and their Role in the Evolution of Life on Earth"

Kuressaare, Saaremaa, Estonia, 25 July - 3 August 2017

The course "Impacts and their Role in the Evolution of Life" will take place from 25 July to 3 August 2017 at Kuressaare and the Kaali impact crater site on the island of Saaremaa, Estonia. 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 Stockholm University Astrobiology Centre, the University of Tartu, the European Astrobiology Campus, and the Nordic Network of Astrobiology will function as co-organisers of the course and the following subjects will be covered by the lectures:

  • Roles of impacts in the formation of habitable planets
  • Physical and chemical properties of comets and meteorites
  • Detection and investigation of impact craters by geological methods and remote sensing from space
  • Ecological consequences of impacts and the role of impacts in mass extinctions
  • Transfer of life through meteorite impacts
  • Threat of life on our planet by near-Earth asteroids and comets

The lecture programme will be complemented by practical exercises concerning:

  • Electromagnetic mapping of impact sites
  • Analysis of pollen indicators of the Kaali impact event.
  • Microscopy of impactites
  • Georadar profiling at Kaali

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.

See the summer school website for details. The deadline for application is 30 April 2017 23:59:00 UTC.

Yearly Meeting "From star and planet formatio to early life"

Vilnius, 25 - 28 April 2016

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. Special sessions will be devoted to comets, meteorites, prebiotic chemistry and early life.

The conference constitutes the yearly meeting of the COST Action "Origins and evolution of Life in the Universe" and the Nordic Network of Astrobiology and will take place from 25 to 28 April 2016 at the Art Nouveau style Hotel Artis Centrum in the historical city centre of Vilnius (UNESCO World Hertiage Site). For further information about the event, access the relevant webpages in the menu bar above.

Conference organisers are Prof. Gražina Tautvaišienė (Vilnius University) and Prof. Wolf Geppert (Stockholm University).

Further information can e found on the website of the conference.

Summer school "Biosignatures and the Search For Life on Mars"

Iceland 4 - 16 July 2016

The summer school "Biosignatures and the Search For Life on Mars", which will be held in Iceland from 4 to 16 July 2016, aims to cover the subject of the search for life in different environments, both on early Earth, below Earth's surface and on Mars. It will bring together students and researchers from a multitude of different fields. It is co-organised by the Nordic Network of Astrobiology, the European Astrobiology Campus, and the EU COST Action "Origins and Evolution of Life on Earth and in the Universe". Field studies on the colonisation of lava fields and Mars analogue landscapes will complement the lectures. The programme of the summer school comprises:
  • lectures by internationally leading scientists covering a broad range of subjects in astrobiology
  • investigation of colonisation of fresh lava fields and Mars analogue landscapes with in situ life detection techniques
  • excursions to geologically and astrobiologically interesting sites (lava caves, new lava fields):
    • Kerlingarfjöll hot spring area
    • Barðabunga lava field
    • Námaskarð geothermal area
    • Krafla volcanic area
    • the Mars analogue landscapes at Askja
    • the Myvatn area with the Skútustaðir pseudocraters and the Hverfjall cinder cone
  • a poster sessions for students and early career scientists
  • participant-led discussions
A multitude of highly merited researchers have agreed to teach at the course (see the Programme page for details. The deadline for application is 31 March 2016 23:59:00 UTC.

Summer school "Volcanism, Plate Tectonics, Hydrothermal Vents and Life"

Angra do Heroísmo, Azores, Portugal 23 August - 1 September 2016

The course aims to give participants a thorough introduction into influence of volcanism, plate tectonics on life and the role of hydrothermal vents in the emergence of life. 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". The summer school, which is held in the picturesque town of Angra de Heroísmo (UNESCO World Cultural Heritage) will include:
Bursaries including travel grants are available for students and early career investigators affiliated to universities in most European countries.

The deadline for application is 15 March 2016 23:59:00 UTC .
For further information about the event, access its website.

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

  • create a Nordic Research and Education area in Astrobiology
  • promote research in astrobiology in the Nordic Countries
  • foster co-operation between Nordic higher education and research institutions in research and graduate training
  • organise courses in the field of astrobiology on all levels for students
  • hold scientific meetings in astrobiology
  • inform national and international science funding and space research organisations about achievements and future research plans in astrobiology
  • collaborate with other astrobiology institutions worldwide in order to achieve these aims
  • coordinate and conduct outreach work to promote public awareness on astrobiology

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.

Members

Currently 20 research institutions are part of the network. 17 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.

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.