23 August-1 September 2016
Azores, Portugal

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, which is held in the picturesque town of Angra de Heroismo (UNESCO World Cultural Heritage) 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

Bursaries including travel grants are available for students and early career investigators affiliated to universities in most European countries. For further information about the summer school please check the website at: http://www.nordicastrobiology.net/Azores2016/

Deadline for applications is 15 March 2016 23:59 UTC.