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1625 Aug 2013
Kuressaare, Estonia
Registration deadline
Apr 2, 2013
Nordic Network of Astrobiology
Contact address
Dr. D Wolf Geppert
Physics Department
Roslagstullbacken 21


Summer course: "Impacts and their Role in the Evolution of Life"

The course "Impacts and their Role in the Evolution of Life" will take place from 16 to 25 August 2013 at Kuressaare and the Kaali impact crater site on the island of Saaremaa, Estonia. The following subjects will be covered:

• 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 to life on our planet by near-Earth asteroids and comets

The lecture programme will be complemented by practical exercises concerning:

• Electromagnetic mapping of impact sites
• Analysis of pollen indicators of the Kaali impact event.
• Microscopy of impactites
• Georadar profiling at Kaali

Participants will also have the possibility to display their own research results in two poster sessions. Furthermore, excursions to geologically interesting sites like the Panga cliffs are planned.

The course is aimed for graduate (masters and Ph. D.) students and early career scientists (up to 5 years after their first Ph. D. in a related field) in fields relevant to astrochemistry and astrobiology. It is open to applicants from all nationalities. Detailed information about the summer school and the application procedure (deadline 30 April 2013) can be found at the website of the course:

Successful applicants accepted by the organisers will receive meals and excursions, but will have to organise financial means for their travel to and from Kuressaare and their lodging themselves.