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Volcanism Plate, Tectonics, Hydrothermal Vents and Life

23 August - 01 September 2016
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Event type:
Course, Field Trip
Organised by:
Nordic Network of Astrobiology
University of the Azores, Portugal
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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 European Astrobiology Campus, the Nordic Network of Astrobiology and the COST Action “Origins and Evolution of Life in the Universe”.

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.)
  • Characterisation of microbes in lava caves and hot springs via Polymerase chain reaction (PCR)
  • Poster sessions
  • Participant-led discussions

Application to the summer school is open for students and scientists (including post-docs) from all countries. Participants will be selected by the course organisers.


There are no fees charged for the course. Participants, will, however have to fund their own travel, accommodation and meals. For possibilities of refunds see below. The package rates are as followed

  • EUR 550,- for participants staying in student accommodation (shared facilities)
  • EUR 800,- for participants staying in shared double hotel rooms (en-suite facilities)
  • EUR 1150,- for participants staying in single hotel rooms (en-suite facilities)

Bursaries and Refunds

Bursaries including travel grants are available for students and early career investigators affiliated to universities in most European countries. For further information please visit the Nordic Astrobiology website.

There are earmarked funds for the universities involved in the European Astrobiology Campus:

  • University of Porto
  • University of Bordeaux
  • Open University
  • University of Utrecht
  • University of Tartu
  • Tallinn University of Technology
  • University of Iceland
  • Vilnius University
  • University of Turku
  • and Stockholm University.

Applications from these institutions are especially encouraged. From these institutions applications from Master's students can also be accepted.


The deadline for applications is 15 March 2016

Further information

For more information visit the Nordic Astrobiology website.