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July 2017
25 Jul

Summer school “Impacts and their role in the evolution of Life” (Saaremaa, Estonia, 25 July – 3 August)

Summer school

“Impacts and their role in the evolution of Life”
(Saaremaa, Estonia, 25 July – 3 August 2017)

This school will give attendees a thorough introduction into impactsimpactors, and the role of impacts in the evolution of life.

The website for the summer school can be found under:

Deadline for applications in the 30th April 2017.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017 - 09:00 to Thursday, August 3, 2017 - 14:00
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July 2016
04 Jul

Biosignatures and the Search for Life on Mars (Summer School)

The summer school "Biosignatures and the Search For Life on Mars", which will be held in Iceland from 4 to 16 July 2016, aims to cover the subject of the search for life in different environments, both on early Earth, below Earth's surface and on Mars. It will bring together students and researchers from a multitude of different fields. It is co-organised by the Nordic Network of Astrobiology, the European Astrobiology Campus, and the EU COST Action  "Origins and Evolution of Life on Earth and in the Universe". Field studies on the colonisation of lava fields and Mars analogue landscapes will complement the lectures. Web page:

Monday, July 4, 2016 - 09:00 to Saturday, July 16, 2016 - 16:00
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May 2016
29 May


Lake Como School of Advanced Studies on Exoplanets – May 29th-June 3rd


Sigrid School, XII edition – Villa del Grumello, Como, Italy, 29 May – 3 June 2016

This year the Lake Como School of Advanced Studies will focus on exoplanet science. The school is directed to PhD students and young postdocs who are interested in widening their knowledge in the field of exoplanets. Lecturers will report on theoretical, observational and experimental aspects of the research, reviewing the latest achievements in the field.

Sunday, May 29, 2016 - 09:00 to Friday, June 3, 2016 - 18:00
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February 2016
August 2015
21 Aug

Summer school “Formation and evolution of planetary systems and habitable planets”

We would like to invite interested researchers and students to apply for the Summer school “Formation and evolution of planetary systems and habitable planets”, which will take place in Moletai, Lithuania (close to Vilnius) from 21 to 30 August 2015.

Further information about the event can be found at

Friday, August 21, 2015 - 09:00 to Sunday, August 30, 2015 - 15:00
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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, 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)

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.