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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:
The lecture programme will be complemented by practical exercises concerning:
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 cliffs.
The event is aimed for graduate (masters and Ph. D.) students and early career scientists (up to 5 years after their first Ph. D. in a related field) in fields relevant to astrochemistry and astrobiology. The event is open to applicants from all nationalities. Detailed information about the summer school and the application procedure (deadline 30 April 2017) can be found here. Please see the Application page for details about the application.
Course fees and bursariesBREAKING NEWS: Bursaries covering meals and accommodation are avalable for a number of students from most European Countries, namely those participating in the COST Action "Origin and Evolution of Life on Earth and in the Universe". An updated list of countries taking part in this COST Action can be found here. There is no special application for these bursaries necessary. Recipients of bursaries will be selected shortlyafter the deadline. Students and scientists affiliated to the institutions participating in the European Astrobiology Campus (Stockholm University, Open University and the Universities of Porto, Bordeaux, Tartu, Vilnius, Tallinn, Utrecht, Iceland ant Turku. will be offered greatly reduced fees are also entitled to a travel refund up to EUR 360,- (dependent on the distance from their home institutions to Kuressaare). Thus, applications by such people are greatly encouraged. The following course fees apply (prices in EUR):
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Lectures and poster sessions will take place in the Georg Ots Spa Hotel in Kuressaare, Estonia. The venue is only a 5 min taxi ride from the Roomassaare Airport and an 800m walk from Kuressaare bus station. Accommodation for participants will be either at this hotel or at the Ruubi Kodu hostel (which is very close to the bus station). Exercises will take place at the Kaali crater site, with the Kaali school functioning as a field site. Please see the Venue & Access page for details.
The event will be organised by the Nordic Network of Astrobiology. Dr. Wolf Geppert from Stockholm University will serve as the main contact person. The organisers are looking forward to welcoming you at the course. See you in Kuressaare in July 2017!
Deadline for application is the 30 April 2017.Please see the Application page for details about the application.
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