Does life exist beyond Earth? And how could we detect it? What are the stellar and planetary constraints that affect the emergence and evolution of life? What areas in our Solar System and elsewhere can be habitable environments for life? These are some of the most important astrobiology issues that Life-ORIGINS COST Action addresses. Answering these questions would imply to completely transform our view about human uniqueness and human position in the Universe influencing the search for signs of life within planetary exploration and on exoplanets.
The interplay between geochemists, biologists, astronomers, chemists, and theoreticians is the main challenge of astrobiology, that finds within the Life-ORIGINS COST Action the right environment where to take place. The workshop has the goal of gather experts coming from different scientific fields to share ideas, discuss about recent and present results, and identify the key challenges regarding the emergence, survivability, and impact on the environment of life both on Earth and beyond.
Scientists will be encouraged to attend the workshop and give contributed talks or present posters. They will have the opportunity to interact with international experts in different fields (biology, chemistry, astrophysics, and phylosophy). The interdisciplinary environment will be particularly beneficial for students and young postdocs, who might find new directions in their research by linking the different fields that coexist in the workshop.

To attend the workshop you can register below by pushing the Register online button and follow the form instructions.
The accommodation is available in single or double room in the guesthouse of the course venue. The half-board fee includes bed and breakfast and lunch.
When selecting accommodation in double room please indicate in the Note field the name of your roommate. If you don’t have a preference, the organization will take care of the assignments.
All services in the “Extra” section can be selected and purchased.

It is possible to purchase transfer(s) from and to Bologna airport. The service will be organized for March 19, 2018 and March 23 or 24, 2018, according to the number of requests. When booking an incoming and/or outgoing transfer from and/or to Bologna airport make sure you indicate in the Notes the time of arrival/departure and your flight number. If you don’t have this information yet, make sure you send it to at your earliest convenience and no later than March 1st, 2018.
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To submit an abstract for oral or poster presentation you should download the abstract template below fill it with all information and sent it to before January 15th, 2018.

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