Nordic Network of Astrobiology
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Nordic Network of Astrobiology

Towards a Nordic Research and Training Area in Astrobiology

Participating institutions:


For all enquiries concerning the Network please contact the Network coordinator:
Wolf D. Geppert,
Stockholm University,
tel. +46 8 55378649,
fax +46 8 55378601.

Yearly Meeting "From star and planet formatio to early life"

Vilnius, 25 - 28 April 2016

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. 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 Hertiage Site). For further information about the event, access the relevant webpages in the menu bar above.

Conference organisers are Prof. Gražina Tautvaišienė (Vilnius University) and Prof. Wolf Geppert (Stockholm University).

Further information can e found on the website of the conference.

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. 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. The programme of the summer school comprises:
A multitude of highly merited researchers have agreed to teach at the course (see the Programme page for details. The deadline for application is 31 March 2016 23:59:00 UTC.

Summer school "Volcanism, Plate Tectonics, Hydrothermal Vents and Life"

Angra do Heroísmo, Azores, Portugal 23 August - 1 September 2016

The course aims to give participants a thorough introduction into influence of volcanism, plate tectonics on life and the role of hydrothermal vents in the emergence of life. It is co-organised by the Nordic Network of Astrobiology, the Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership "European Astrobiology Campus" and the EU COST Action "Origins and Evolution of Life on Earth and in the Universe". The summer school, which is held in the picturesque town of Angra de Heroísmo (UNESCO World Cultural Heritage) will include:
Bursaries including travel grants are available for students and early career investigators affiliated to universities in most European countries.

The deadline for application is 15 March 2016 23:59:00 UTC .
For further information about the event, access its website.

Aims of the Nordic Network of Astrobiology

The Nordic Network of Astrobiology is a network of universities, other higher education institutions and research entities in the Nordic and Baltic Countries. Its aims to

Funding and duration

No membership fees are charged. The Nordic Network of Astrobiology will apply for financial support for its activities from national and international research funding bodies. It is the duty of all teams to take part in this. The coordination group decides about the allocation of funds. Generally, it is expected that teams fund their own research activities and their participation in the Network, unless the Coordination group decides otherwise.


Currently 20 research institutions are part of the network. 17 are located in the 5 different Nordic Countries. We have also one Estonian, one Lithuanian and one US institution. Furthermore the Nordic Network is an Affiliated Partner of the NASA Astrobiology institute since May 2011. For a complete list of the members please explore the menubar on the left. Members of the Coordination Group are listed on the Participants webpage.

Statutes and membership

The statutes of the network containing information about joining it can be downloaded here as .doc and here as a .pdf file.