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There are 30 countries that have confirmed their participation.

The following list is also visible in the web pages of the European COST Action ORIGINS (TD1308)

Action details

MoU 081/13
CSO Approval date 14/11/2013
Start of Action 15/05/2014
End of Action 14/05/2018

Participation (30 countries)

Country Date Status
Austria 12/05/2014 Confirmed
Belgium 27/01/2014 Confirmed
Bulgaria 13/07/2016 Confirmed
Croatia 05/09/2014 Confirmed
Czech Republic 13/01/2014 Confirmed
Denmark 05/12/2013 Confirmed
Estonia 02/04/2014 Confirmed
Finland 10/01/2014 Confirmed
France 24/12/2013 Confirmed
Germany 07/01/2014 Confirmed
Greece 11/12/2013 Confirmed
Hungary 25/11/2013 Confirmed
Iceland 31/03/2014 Confirmed
Ireland 29/01/2014 Confirmed
Israel 27/11/2013 Confirmed
Italy 10/02/2014 Confirmed
Latvia 08/04/2014 Confirmed
Lithuania 08/04/2014 Confirmed
Netherlands 10/12/2013 Confirmed
Norway 31/01/2014 Confirmed
Poland 13/12/2013 Confirmed
Portugal 21/01/2014 Confirmed
Romania 05/05/2014 Confirmed
Serbia 05/05/2014 Confirmed
Slovakia 23/01/2014 Confirmed
Slovenia 20/03/2014 Confirmed
Spain 20/11/2013 Confirmed
Sweden 27/01/2014 Confirmed
Switzerland 16/01/2014 Confirmed
United Kingdom 05/12/2013 Confirmed

COST Near Neighbour Countries

Institution Name Country
Inst. of Precambrian Geology and Geochronology, St.Petersburg Russian Federation
Institute of Geology, Petrozavodsk Russian Federation
Institute of Geology, Petrozavodsk Russian Federation

COST International Partner Countries

Institution Name Country
UQAM Canada
University of Sydney Australia
University of Johanesburgh South Africa
University of Hawai United States of America

Specific Organisations

Organisation Name
ESA - European Space Agency









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 Ange Marie Ina Uwase



A Trans-Domain Action supported by COST.

COST is supported by the EU Framework Programme Horizon 2020



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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.