Last Updated on Friday, 08 September 2017

The Origins Center is a recent, multidisciplinary and multi-institute initiative of a large number of top tier scientists in the Netherlands, who responded to questions submitted by the public on fundamentals of life in the universe in the context of the Dutch National Science Agenda. Recently we defined the outlines of five three-year pathfinder projects that together should lay the groundworks for a future, far larger research programme, which aims at game-changing understanding of the origin of life and of life-bearing planets, predicting evolution, building and steering life from molecule to biosphere, finding extraterrestrial life and developing the mathematical understanding needed for bridging large spatial, temporal and organisatorial scale differences.

For these five pathfinder projects we are now recruiting six postdoctoral research fellows with a strong background in either astronomy, biophysics, chemistry, microbiology, ecology, evolutionary biology, mathematics, computational science, molecular biosciences, or planetary and geosciences, and with the ability to perform innovative and multidisciplinary research. The recruited fellows will, jointly with research groups in the Netherlands, further define and execute the projects. They will thereby be centrally involved in advanced and multidisciplinary research of great scientific and public interest.


Geoscience for understanding habitability in the solar system and beyond 

The conference “Geoscience for understanding habitability in the solar system and beyond” will be held from 25 to 29 September 2017 at the Terra Nostra Garden Hotel, Furnas, Azores, Portugal. The meeting will start on 25 September in the morning and finish on 29 September at lunchtime. The conference functions as an EGU Galileo meeting and is co-organized by the COST action “Origins and Evolution of Life on Earth and in the Universe”, the Nordic Network of Astrobiology, and the Belgian Planet Topers project. It is co-chaired by Prof. Veronique Dehant (Royal Observatory of Belgium) and by Prof. Wolf Geppert (Stockholm University Astrobiology Centre).


Workshop: Life on Earth and in the Universe Current State and Future Visions

The Annual Meeting of the Swedish Astrobiology Network (SWAN), 16-18 October 2017, at Umeå University, in Umeå, Sweden.


Exobiologie Jeunes Chercheurs

Astrobiology conference in Paris, October 16th to 18th. The conference will take place in the CNES in Paris. 

Astrobiology conference especially made for young researchers, with some talks by "mentors" in different fields of astrobiology. Open to everybody, including non-scientists. The entrance fee for the whole conference is of 50 euros if you send your application before October the 1st, and 70 euros afterwards. Young researchers (Master students, Ph.D students, postdocs or researchers who got their Ph.D less than 5 years ago) are welcomed to present their own studies, in French of English. This presentation support can be a poster or a talk. The entrance fee's are free for the people presenting a talk, and they can also have a free room in a hotel/transport fees paid if they live in France oustide Paris if needed. Deadline for presentations applications : 15th September (originally 1st September but it has been prolongated)


Habitable Worlds 2017: A System Science Workshop

The field of exoplanets is currently at the cusp of a watershed moment in finding life on other worlds, propelled by the discoveries of habitable zone terrestrial planets in both ground and space-based surveys, and the potential for future telescopes to characterize the atmospheres of some of these rocky planets. Preparing for such a singular moment needs a diverse community, including Earth scientists, heliophysicists, planetary scientists, and astrophysicists.


Astrobiology 2017, Research meeting by IAU’s commission F3

The astrobiology community in the IAU has the tradition to hold a series of scientific meetings every three years.  For a truly multidisciplinary discussion, we welcome researchers at the frontier of science from the fields of astronomy, planetary and space science, chemistry, biology, geology, philosophy, sociology and ethical issues, among others.



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