Summer school "Impacts and their Role in the Evlution 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
- 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
The lecture programme will be complemented by practical
- Electromagnetic mapping of impact sites
- Analysis of pollen indicators of the
Kaali impact event.
- Microscopy of impactites
- Georadar profiling at
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
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 HeroÃsmo (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.
- Lectures by internationally leading scientists covering a cornucopia of different fields
- Characterisation of microbes in lava caves and hot springs via Polymerase chain reaction (PCR)
- Exploration of lava caves
- Poster sessions for students and early career scientists
- Participant-led discussions about forefront-topics
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
- hold scientific meetings in astrobiology
- inform national and international science funding and space
research organisations about achievements and future research plans
- collaborate with other astrobiology institutions worldwide in order to
achieve these aims
- coordinate and conduct outreach work to promote public awareness
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.
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
here as .doc and here
as a .pdf file.