Summer school
"Formation of complex molecules in space and on planets - From interstellar clouds to life"
Tartu, Estonia, 17 - 22 July 2017


Registration will be possible

  • on Sunday 16th July 14:00 - 19:00 at Hotel Dorpat
  • on Monday 17 July 08:00 - 09:00 at the Estonian Biocentre, Riia 26b (summer school venue)
  • during coffee breaks at the school at the Estonian Biocentre

Structure of the course

The course "Formation of complex molecules in space and on planets - From interstellar clouds to life" will take place from 17 to 22 July 2017 at the University of Tartu. It aims to give students an overview of the biochemical evolution in the universe from formation of the first molecules in interstellar clouds to the assembly of the first celes on Earth. The course consists of lectures and student-led discussions. Participants will also have the possibility to display their own research results in two poster sessions.


The following lecturers will give presentations at the summer course:

Herma Cuppen, University of Nijmegen, The Netherlands (to be confirmed)
Ernesto di Mauro, University of Rome La Sapienza, Italy
Daniele Galli, Astrophysical Observatory of Arcetri, Italy
Linda McGown, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA
Tom J. Millar, Queen's University, Belfast, UK
Hans Olofsson, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden
Steen Rasmussen, University of Southern Denmark, DK
Søren Toxværd,, Roskilde University, DK
Veronique Vuitton, Université Grenoble-Alpes, France
Sofia Wallström, Academica Sinica, Taiwan
Catherine Walsh, Leeds University, UK
David A. Williams, University College London, UK
Wolf Geppert, Stockholm University Astrobiology Centre, Sweden

Preliminary programme

The programme of the summer course can be downloaded here as an .pdf file here.

Poster sessions

The poster sessions will be held on Monday, 17th and Tuesday 18th August 2017. DIN A0 in portrait format should be OK.

Participants will be allowed a 4 minutes presentation for their posters (no discussion). The presentation will take place in the lecture room at the Estonian Biocentre at Tartu University, Riia 26b. Powerpoint slides can be used. For a smooth run of these poster talks, they are asked to bring their talks on a memory stick or CD-ROM.


There will be a halfday excursion to the Ice Age Museum and the Lake Peipus area.

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