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March 2018
19 Mar

ORIGINS 2018 - Bertinoro Conference, Italy

  • Does life exist beyond Earth?
  • And, how could we detect it?
  • Which are the stellar and planetary constraints that affect the emergence and evolution of life?
  • What areas in our Solar System and elsewhere can be habitable environments for life?

These are some of the most important astrobiology issues that ORIGINS COST Action addresses. Answering these questions would imply to completely transform our view about human uniqueness and human position in the Universe influencing the search for signs of life within planetary exploration and on exoplanets.

Monday, March 19, 2018 - 09:30 to Saturday, March 24, 2018 - 16:30
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04 Mar


The third edition of the Astrobiology Introductory Course will be held from 4 to 10 March 2018 in the Ornithological Reserve of le Teich (33, France).

This school is addressed to:
  • Any  student preparing his PhD thesis in Astronomy, Geology, Chemistry, Biology or History/Philosophy of sciences in France or any other country.
  • Any students wishing to acquire an interdisciplinary training in astrobiology to complete their initial training and to be able to address issues at the origins of life on Earth, its evolution and its distribution in the Universe.

For program and registration, see the website :


Sunday, March 4, 2018 - 09:00 to Saturday, March 10, 2018 - 16:00
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August 2017
21 Aug

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.

Monday, August 21, 2017 - 09:00 to Thursday, August 31, 2017 - 18:00
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A Trans-Domain Action supported by COST.

COST is supported by the EU Framework Programme Horizon 2020



Involved countries

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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.