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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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August 2017
July 2017
03 Jul

International Symposium on Astronomy and Astrobiology Education: theory, methods, impacts and future directions

This international symposium, co-sponsored by the International Astronomical Union (IAU) and the European Astrobiology Campus (EAC,, is designed to bring education research in astronomy in general, and in astrobiology in particular, to the professional scientific community.



Monday, July 3, 2017 - 09:00 to Saturday, July 8, 2017 - 18:00
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May 2017
20 May

IAU Symposium S332 Astrochemistry VII – Through the Cosmos from Galaxies to Planets

The study of astrochemistry has become an important branch of modern astronomy and astrophysics. Molecules are key tools in exploring topics such as star and planet formation, mass loss mechanisms in late-type stars, the origin and evolution of interstellar dust grains, the structure of the interstellar medium in galaxies and the origin of protogalaxies in the early Universe.

The active synergy between astronomical observation, laboratory experiment and theoretical modelling has been reinforced at the recent IAU General Assembly (Hawaii 2015) by the creation of a new IAU Commission (B5) on Laboratory Astrophysics, of which laboratory astrochemistry is an essential component.

This meeting is the seventh in a series addressing the broad and fast-moving discipline of astrochemistry. The most recent meeting in this series, IAUS280: The Molecular Universe, was held in Toledo, Spain, in 2011. The meetings held prior to that can be viewed on the history section of the IAUS280 website.

Saturday, May 20, 2017 - 09:00 to Wednesday, May 24, 2017 - 18:00
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April 2017
03 Apr

Early Earth and ExoEarths: origin and evolution of life (Warsaw, Poland 3-7 April, 2017)

Warsaw, Poland 3-7 April, 2017

The 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.

Monday, April 3, 2017 - 08:00 to Friday, April 7, 2017 - 16:00
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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.