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  1. 2011 Santander Summer School: Mars Exploration: Unveiling a Habitable Planet

    School title: Mars Exploration: Unveiling a Habitable Planet
    Location: Palacio de Magdalena, Santander, Cantabria, Spain
    Dates: June 27 – July 1, 2011

    A week of lectures from international experts, plus round-table discussions, student projects, night-sky observations, and a field trip to a nearby site of astrobiological interest. On-site accommodation and all meals are provided at the Santander campus of the Spanish national university, UIMP.

    Scholarships covering travel costs, school fees, accommodation and meals are provided by NAI for students studying at U.S. institutions.

    Centro de Astrobiologia and UIMP cover the costs for Spanish students.

    Additional opportunities are available for students of some other nations.

    Program and Presentations

    Click here to view the program and download the presentations.

    Summer School Scholars

    Click here to view the list of Summer School Scholars.

    Student Scholarship Support

    1. Students of any nationality studying at U.S. institutions may apply for an NAI Scholarship. Application Deadline: March 14, 2011

    2. Students of any nationality studying at Canadian institutions may apply for a CIFAR scholarship. Application deadline: April 8, 2011

    3. European students may apply for scholarship support from ESA ( and/or UIMP ( at a later date.

    4. Scholarship support for students of other nations will be advertised as opportunities become available.

    Sponsoring Organizations

    NAINASA Astrobiology Institute
    CAB – Spanish Centro de Astrobiología
    CIFAR – Canadian Institute for Advanced Research
    ESA – European Space Agency
    HOLI – Harvard Origins of Life Initiative
    UIMP – Universidad Internacional Menendez Pelayo