Astrobiology is now one of the fastest developing research areas. The evolution of life on Earth (and the influence of cosmic events like meteorite and comet impacts on it) has always been in, focus of the interest of researchers. Through discoveries of exoplanets during the last decades the question of extraterrestrial life has also gained actuality.

Like all the big issues in science, the question of evolution of habitable planets and life on Earth cannot be dealt by one discipline alone, but requires intensive cooperation between scientists of very different backgrounds. To foster such a cooperative approach, an interdisciplinary research centre has been created at Stockholm University, in which the Departments of Physics, Astronomy, Geological Sciences and Molecular Biology and Functional Genomics participate. NORDITA and the Natural History Museum participate as external partners.
The aims of the Stockholm University Astrobiology Centre are:
To perform multidisciplinary research in astrobiology at Stockholm University.
To identify and initiate new research areas inside astrobiology
To educate the next generation of astrobiologists
To disseminate results of research in astrobiology to the general public
To cooperate with leading astrobiology institution in the Nordic Countries
The Stockholm University Astrobiology Centre is already very active on the international level in the field. Several of its members occupy leading positions in astrobiology societies and the Nordic Astrobiology Network (link) is coordinated by Stockholm University.
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