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Astrobiology Summer Schools in Europe this summer!

The European Astrobiology Institute (EAI) is hosting two summer school sessions this summer for early career astrobiologists. These are really great to attend if you have the opportunity - plus, as a bonus you can check out either Germany or Portugal while you're at it!


1. Summer school “Impacts and their Role in the Evolution of Life”, Nördlingen, Germany, 5th to 14th September 2023.

The course will give the participants a thorough introduction into how meteorite, comets and asteroids impacts participating in shaping life on Earth. The following subjects will be covered by the lectures:

- Roles of impacts in the formation of habitable planets

- Physical and chemical properties of comets and meteorites

- Detection and investigation of impact craters by geological methods and remote sensing from space

- Ecological consequences of impacts and the role of impacts in mass extinctions

- Transfer of life through meteorite impacts

- Threat of life on our planet by near-Earth asteroids and comets

- The lecture programme will be complemented by practical exercises concerning:

- Investigations of Suevite formations

- Analysis of pollen indicators impact events.

- Microscopy of impactites

- Outreach work for a conference on “Impacts and their role in the evolution of life” in Nördlingen in autumn 2024

The summer school will be held in Nördlingen, the centre of the Ries crater impact. Lectures will cover a cornucopia of subjects ranging from properties of impactors, physics of impacts, ecological consequences of impacts, impact geology to impacts on Mars. Exercises will comprise geological field studies at the Ries and the neighbouring Steinheim crater as well as palynological and petrographic microscopy studies. Many leading scientists will teach at the school. Nördlingen is a very nice medieval city situated on the “Romantic Road” with an intact city wall and offers good accommodation and meals. It is easy to reach from the international airports from Munich and Frankfurt as well as by train.

The deadline for applications is 15 June 2023.

Please check the website:

for further information.


2. Summer school “Volcanism, Plate Tectonics, Hydrothermal vents and life”, Angra do Heroismo, Azores, Portugal, 11 – 21 October 2023

This summer school will focus on which role volcanism, plate tectonics and hydrothermal vents played in the emergence and evolution of life. It will give lecturers of leading scientists on this subject. Moreover, there will be sampling excursions to lava caves and solfatares as well as exercises on genetic characterisation of extremophiles population those habitats as well as on cultivation of bacteria. Angra is a picturesque city and has plenty of good restaurants and clean and affordable hotels with good services. There are flights to the close Terceira Lajes airport from both Europe mainland, the US and Canada. The summer school will include:

- Lectures by leading scientists in the field covering a cornucopia of different subjects

- Field excursions to geologically interesting sights (volcanic areas, hot springs, lava caves, etc.)

- Exploration of lava caves

- Characterisation of microbes in lava caves and hot springs via Polymerase chain reaction (PCR)

- Poster sessions

- Participant-led discussions

The deadline for applications is July 1st, 2023. Please check the website:

for further information.

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