twoCOSTconferences2016Estimados colegas,

Nuestro colega astrobiólogo y Miembro del Comité Científico Internacional de REDESPA, Prof. Dr. Wolf Dietrich Geppert, Director del Centro de Astrobiología de la Universidad de Estocolmo, nos envía la siguiente información sobre dos interesantes actividades internacionales para su distribución a través de nuestra Red. Espero que resulte de interés:

  1. Conference «From star and planet formation to early Life»
    Vilnius, 25 -28 April 2017The meeting will cover a multitude of scientific subjects ranging from star and planet formation until the early evolution of life on Earth. It aims to bring together astronomers, physicists, chemists, geologists and biologists as well as academics and students from humanities to discuss the most important questions and newest findings in all related disciplines. Special sessions will be devoted to comets, meteorites, prebiotic chemistry and early life.

    The conference constitutes the yearly meeting of the COST Action«Origins and evolution of Life in the Universe» and the Nordic Network of Astrobiology and will take place from 25 to 28 April 2016 at the Art Nouveau style Hotel Artis Centrum in the historical city centre of Vilnius (UNESCO World Heritage Site).

    On the website of the conference:

    where you will find a cornucupia of information about the event and Vilnius in general.  The meeting is fairly inexpensive and cheap accommodation in hotelds and hostels is available.

    Registration and abstract submission is 29 February 2016.

    2. Summer school „Biosignatures and the search for life on Mars“

Iceland, 4 – 16 July 2016

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. Field studies on the colonisation of lava fields and Mars analogue landscapes will complement the lectures. The programme of the summer school comprises:

  • lectures by internationally leading scientists covering a broad range of subjects on biosignatures with the focus on detection of life on Mars
  • investigation of colonisation of fresh lava fields and Mars analogue landscapes with in situ life detection techniques
  • excursions to geologically and astrobiologically interesting sites:
    • Kerlingarfjöll hot spring area
    • Barðabunga lava field
    • Námaskarð geothermal area
    • Krafla volcanic area
    • the Mars analogue landscapes at Askja
    • the Myvatn area with the Skútustaðir pseudocraters and the Hverfjall cinder cone
  • a poster sessions for students and early career scientists
  • participant-led discussions

The website of the summer school is

Deadline for application is 31 March 2016.


Prof. Dr. Wolf Dietrich Geppert
Director of the Stockholm University Astrobiology Centre
Department of Physics
Stockholm University/Stockholms universitet
Roslagstullbacken 21
S-10691 Stockholm
Tel.: + 46 8 5537 8649
Fax: +46 8 5537 8601