Nordic-NASA Summer School: Water, Ice and the Origin of Life in the Universe

Time and place

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02.07.2012 to 15.07.2012


Contact person

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+46 8 5537 8649

“Water, ice and the Origin of Life in the Universe” aims to give participants a thorough high-level introduction into the role of water in the evolution of life in the cosmos, starting from formation of water molecules in space and ending with evolution of the first organisms.

Students and researchers from a multitude of different science branches will come together at this multidisciplinary event, organised by the Nordic Astrobiology Network together with the NASA Astrobiology Institute.

The programme comprises:

  • lectures by internationally leading scientists covering a broad range of subjects in astrobiology
  • investigation of colonisation of volcanic rocks and glaciers with in situ life detection techniques
  • excursions to geologically and biologically interesting sites (lava caves, new lava fields)
  • 2 poster sessions for students and early career scientists
  • participants-led discussions about hot topics

Deadline for applications:

31 January 2012

Participants:

Graduate students and early career scientists (up to 5 years after their first Ph. D. in a related field) in fields related to astrobiology. Undergraduate students can also apply, and can be accepted under exceptional circumstances. The event is open to applicants from all nationalities.

Detailed information about the summer school and the application procedure can be found here. Accepted applicants will receive free lodging, meals and excursions, but will have to organise financial means for their travel to and from Iceland themselves. Course credit awards (ECTS points) for undergraduate and Ph. D. students will be applied for by the course organisers.

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