(TD1308) is a Trans Domain European COST Action investigating the origins and evolution of life.

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02 Mar
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The new call for the Europlanet 2020 Infrastructures is out!

The new call for the Europlanet 2020 Infrastructures is out!

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23 Jan
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Scientific positions in ERC PROJECT “ELiTE”

The Palaeobiogeology Group (PPP Lab), at the Department of Geology, UR GEOLOGY, of the University of Liège searches for collaborators (postdocs, spectroscopist) for its activities in the frame of the ERC PROJECT “ELiTE”: Early Life Traces, Evolution, and Implications for Astrobiology, and the IAP “Planet TOPERS”: “Planets: Tracing the Origin, Preservation, and Evolution of their reservoirs”.

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20 Jan
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Special Issue "Martian Meteorites" (MDPI "Geosciences")

Martian meteorites are a major source of information for understanding both primary and secondary geological and geochemical processes on the surface and subsurface of Mars. The planet is being investigated from an increasing number of orbiters and mobile landers with the primary goal to discover habitable environments, and ultimately extinct or extant forms of life. This requires the detailed study of both the surface and subsurface of the planet.

A collection of articles will be published in this Special Issue of the Open Access Journal "Geosciences" from MDPI (Geosciences (ISSN 2076-3263)).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 May 2017

Guest Editor : Dr. Elias Chatzitheodoridis, National Technical University of Athens, School of Mining and Metallurgical Engineering, Department of Geological Sciences, 9 Heroon Polytechneiou str., GR-15780 Zografou, Athens, Greece

Download the flyer here.

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20 Oct
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Several new positions in Astrobiology

Following is a list of new positions in astrobiology:

  1. Research Fellow in Planetary Science at University of St Andrews, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
  2. Open call with 14 positions on the Geo.X consortium
  3. OREOcube research assistant position at Institute of Experimental Physics, Department of Physics, FU Berlin, Germany
  4. The Institute of Molecular Biology, Mainz University, Germany is looking for Research Group Leaders
  5. Tenure-Track Faculty Position in Geobiology in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, McGill University
  6. Faculty Position in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology (Astrobiology), University of Arizona
  7. Tenure track W2/W3 professorship in Experimental Planetology
  8. PhD positions in Astrobiology at DLR in Cologne

Please, follow this link to the EANA website to find out details.

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28 Jul
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PhD position European Training Network EuroPAH

PhD position European Training Network EuroPAH

A PhD position is available at Astronomy, Leiden University, under supervision of Prof. Tielens, in close collaboration with drs. ten Kate and King of Earth Sciences, Utrecht University.

PhD information: http://europah.eu/Recruitment/esr%20position%204.html

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Latest Articles

29 Apr
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New Paper: Formation of nucleobases in a Miller–Urey reducing atmosphere

Ferus et al., 2017, PNAS vol. 114, no. 17.

The Miller–Urey experiments pioneered modern research on the molecular origins of life, but their actual relevance in this field was later questioned because the gas mixture used in their research is considered too reducing with respect to the most accepted hypotheses for the conditions on primordial Earth. Here, we report an experimental work, combined with state-of-the-art computational methods, in which both electric discharge and laser-driven plasma impact simulations were carried out in a reducing atmosphere containing NH3 + CO.

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13 Nov
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Emergent Chemical Behavior in Variable-Volume Protocells

Artificial protocellular compartments and lipid vesicles have been used as model systems to understand the origins and requirements for early cells, as well as to design encapsulated reactors for biotechnology. One prominent feature of vesicles is the semi-permeable nature of their membranes, able to support passive diffusion of individual solute species into/out of the compartment, in addition to an osmotic water flow in the opposite direction to the net solute concentration gradient. Crucially, this water flow affects the internal aqueous volume of the vesicle in response to osmotic imbalances, i

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Latest Events

21 Aug
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    Training schools

Field training school: Early Earth & Life – Archaean/Palaeoproterozoic of Karelia, Russia

Field training school "Early Earth & Life – Archaean/Palaeoproterozoic of Karelia, Russia"

St. Petersburg, Petrozavodsk, 21-31 August 2017

The field school will be a mix of seminars to be held in St. Petersburg and field investigations in Karelia. The geological record of Karelia comprises world-famous volcano-sedimentary successions that have provided key data for the understanding of surface processes on the early Earth. The event is aimed at doctoral students and early career scientists in fields relevant to Precambrian geology, astrobiology and early Earth studies.

Deadline for bursary applications is the 1st May 2017.

Link to Trip Details. Link to Registration Form.

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31 Aug
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    National Conferences

Fundamentals of Life in the Universe Symposium, Origins Centre, Netherlands

The newly established Origins Center (http://www.origins-center.nl) in the Netherlands will be kicked off this summer during the Fundamentals of Life in the Universe Symposium.

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CSO Approval date: 14/11/2013
Starting date: 15/05/2014
Ending date: 14/05/2018

Action Chair:
Dr. Muriel GARGAUD (FR)

Vice chair:
Prof. Wolf GEPPERT (SE)

STSM Manager:
Prof. Nigel MASON (UK)

Web Manager:



Grant Holder Financial Representative:

Mrs Annick Caperan

Science Officer:
Dr. Mafalda QUINTAS

Administrative Officer:
Ms Aranzazu SANCHEZ



A Trans-Domain Action supported by COST.

COST is supported by the EU Framework Programme Horizon 2020



Involved countries

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of Member Countries

Participating Countries
Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom

COST International Partner Countries
Canada (UQAM), South Africa (Univ. of Johanesburgh), Russian Federation (Institute of Geology, Petrozavodsk), Australia (University of Sydney), United States of America (University of Hawai)

Specific Organisations
European Space Agency (ESA)

Short Term Scientific Missions (STSMs)

Aiming at fostering collaboration, sharing new techniques, and infrastructure that may not be available in other participants' institutions or laboratories. STSMs are intended especially for young PhD researchers, but they are open to senior researchers as well. View the documents at this link.

 It should be explicitely noted that Master students are not eligible for STSMs which are for PhD students and more experienced researchers.

The life-Origins COST Project

Life-ORIGINS (TD1308) is a Trans Domain European COST Action dedicated to the scientific investigation of the origins and evolution of life on Earth and habitability of other planets.

The Action has specifically excluded the search for intelligent extraterrestrial life in its portfolio. Creationist theorems are also outside the Action’s remit.

Individuals are not allowed to use the name of the Action, its logo or any corporate identity of COST TD1308 in any communication without prior approval of the Management Committee.

All publications referencing the support of the Action should be sent to the appropriate Working Group chair at the time of submission.