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:

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:
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.

Summer school "Formation and evolution of planetary systems and habitable planets"

Moletai, Lithuania 21 - 30 August 2015

The summer school will present an overview of the pathways formation of habitable planets both in our and extrasolar planets. 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". Its programme includes:


The deadline for application is 15 January 2015 23:59:00 UTC .

For further information about the event, access its website.

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:

  • lectures by internationally leading scientists covering a broad range of subjects in astrobiology
  • investigation of colonisation of volcanic rocks and glaciers with in situ life detection techniques
  • excursions to geologically and biologically interesting sites (lava caves, new lava fields)
  • 2 poster sessions for students and early career scientists


A multitude of highly merited researchers have agreed to teach at the course (see the Programme page for details. The deadline for application is 20 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:
  • Definition of life in a historical and philosophical context
  • Biochemical evolution
  • The tree of bioogical evolution
  • Search for life outside Earth
  • Philosophical, ethical and political questions arising with the quest for life on other celestial bodies

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 .