Nordic-Hawai'i Summer School "Water, Ice and the Origin of Life in the Universe", 2-15 July 2012

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The (hopefully) final schedule of the summer schoool (as an Excel file) can be found here.


Check-in (i. e picking up you conference material) is possible at the following dates and times:

However, your rooms might not be ready before 15:00. Luggage storage is available at al hotels though.

The reception desk at Grand Hotel is available round the clock. The front desk at Laugardalur Youth Hostel is manned between 08:00 to 24:00. Between 00:00 and 08:00 there is a night guard that answers the door bell there.

General informations

The summer school “Water, ice and the Origin of Life in the Universe”, which will be held in Iceland from 2 to 15 July 2012, 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. The event will be organised by the Nordic Network of Astrobiology together with the team of Prof. Karen Meech at the University of Hawai'i. Field studies on the colonisation of lava fields and glaciers will complement the lectures. The programme of the summer school comprises:

The event is aimed for graduate students and early career scientists (up to 5 years after their first Ph. D. in a related field) in fields related to astrobiology. Undergraduate students can also apply, and can be accepted under exceptional circumstances. The event is open to applicants from all nationalities. Detailed information about the summer school and the application procedure (deadline 31 January 2012) can be found here. Successful applicants accepted by the Scientific Committee as participants will receive free lodging, meals and excursions, but will have to organise financial means for their travel to and from Iceland themselves. Course credit awards (ECTS points) for undergraduate and Ph. D. students will be applied for by the course organisers.

Application to the summer school is now closed. We thank all (the almost 180)applicants for their interest. The selection committee has now evaluated the candidates.

Contact: Wolf D. Geppert, Fysikum, Stockholm University, Roslagstullsbacken 21, SE-10691 Stockholm, Sweden, phone: +46 8 5537 8649, email: