Nordic Network of Astrobiology
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Nordic Network of Astrobiology

Towards a Nordic Research and Training Area in Astrobiology

Participating institutions:


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

Nordic-Hawai'i Summer School "Water, Ice and the Origin of Life in the Universe", Iceland, 1-13 July 2015

The summer school Water, Ice and the Origin of Life in the Universe, which will be held in Iceland from 1 to 13 July 2015, aims to give participants a thorough high-level introduction into the role of water in the evolution of life in the cosmos, starting from formation of water molecules in space and ending with evolution of the first organisms. It will bring together students and researchers from a multitude of different science branches, making it a truly multidisciplinary event. Field studies on the colonisation of lava fields and glaciers will complement the lectures. The programme of the summer school comprises:

A multitude of highly merited researchers have agreed to teach at the course (see the Programme page for details. The deadline for application is 15 March 2015 23:59:00 UTC. For details please check the summer school website

Summer course "Life on Earth and Beyond - The History and Philosophy of the Origin of Life"

Island of Ven, 4 - 6 May 2015

The aim of the course is to give participants a thorough overview of the historical, philosophical and ethical questions arising in this field. It is co-organised by the Nordic Network of Astrobiology and the EU COST Action "Origins and Evolution of Life on Earth and in the Universe". The course is open for students and scientists in humanities, natural, social and political sciences. It will, amongst others deal with the following themes:

A multitude of highly merited researchers have agreed to teach at the course: (see the course website for details. The deadline for application is 15 January 2015 23:59:00 UTC .

5th Nordic Astrobiology Conference "Origins of Life"

Höör, Sweden, 8 - 10 May 2015

The conference will deal with the transition of non-living to living matter, how chemical processes evolve into biological ones and the onset of biological evolution as well as the tree of life. Scientists and students from humanities and natural sciences will convene to discuss these questions that engaged mankind since centuries.

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.

For further information about the event, accesss the website of the conference:

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.


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.


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.