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  1. 2012 Santander Summer School: Origins of the Building Blocks for Life

    School title: Origins of the Building Blocks for Life
    Location: Palacio de Magdalena, Santander, Cantabria, Spain
    Dates: June 18 – June 22, 2012
    Application deadline: March 16, 2012 (NAI scholarships)
    Application deadline: March 30, 2012 (CIFAR scholarships)

    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.

    Confirmed Lecturers

    George Cody, Carnegie Institution of Washington
    Jamie Elsila, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
    Karen Meech, University of Hawaii
    Juan Pérez Mercader, Harvard University (founder and former director of the Centro de Astrobiología)
    Alessandro Morbidelli, Observatoire de la Côte d’Azur, Nice
    Stephen Mojzsis, Université de Lyon (on leave from the University of Colorado)

    Program and Presentations

    Click here to view program

    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 16, 2012

    2. Students of any nationality studying at Canadian institutions may apply for a CIFAR scholarship. Application Deadline: March 30, 2012

    3. European students who are citizens of European Space Agency Member States or Cooperating States may apply for ESA sponsorship to participate in the summer school. For application information write to the UIMP Student Secretariat at and mention the name of the summer school “X International School of Astrobiology – Josep Comas i Solà. Origins of the Building Blocks for Life”

    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
    UIMP – Universidad Internacional Menendez Pelayo