Application deadline 1 March 2009 !
Aims and contents of the summer school
Water is fundamental to life as we know it on
Earth. Among the central issues in astrobiology are the questions:
- How it was water formed in space?
- What role does it play in planet formation
- How did it finally reached Earth’s surface
- How did life finally emerge in water
under the extreme conditions
prevailing on early Earth ?
The summer school “Water, ice
and the Origin of Life in the Universe”, which will be held in
Iceland from 29 June to 13 July 2009, 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. Lab work on extremophiles (especially organisms living in
very hot or cold water) will complement the teaching, since a lot can be
learned about the evolution of life under the very harsh conditions
prevailing on early Earth by studying such species.
The Summer School will bring together students
and researchers from a multitude of different science branches, making
it a truly multidisciplinary event. It will be organised by the Nordic
Network of Astrobiology Graduate Schools together with the NASA Astrobiology
Institute. Iceland is an ideal venue for such an event,
providing ideal habitats for cold- and hot water extremophiles
(subglacial lakes and hot springs).
Please click on the links for the summer school
programme, a schedule in .doc format and information about the teachers.
Participation , funding &
The Summer school is mainly intended for
graduate students and post–docs in astronomy, physics, geology,
chemistry, biology and other related subjects. There will be about 40
Food, accommodation, excursions and teaching
material will be provided free for students accepted
by the Scientific Committee as participants from Nordic
Institutions by the Nordic
Network of Astrobiology Graduate Schools and by the NASA Astrobiology Institute
for participants from US institutions. A limited
amount of funding for students from other countries is
Travel allowances (for a maximum of EUR 400,-
for participants from Europe and USD 1000,- for participants from Eastern US as well as USD 1500,- from Western US. Please note: Non-Nordic and non-US participants
studying or employed at universities outside the Nordic countries and
the US will not be eligible for travel allowances. All these people, will however, bee entitled to free accommodation, food excursions and teaching
For successful participation at the summer
school (including successful lab course) 4 ECTS points wil be awarded.
Credit awards for US students will be applied
for by the course organisers. You will be formally registered as a
student at the University
of Iceland, therefore please bring a piece of identity to the
Venue and access
The first (lectured) and third (lab work)
part of the school will be held at the University
of Iceland, Reykjavik. In the mid of the course, a 5-days excursion
to inner Iceland (Hrauneyjar) will be undertaken. For further
information about the venue and the access to it, click here.
Application deadline is
March 1st 2009. Application
forms can be downloaded here.
The summer school will be organised by Karen Meech (University of
Hawai’i, USA) and Wolf D.
of Stockholm, Sweden) in cooperation with the University of Iceland
and the other scientists involved in the Nordic
Network of Astrobiology Graduate