Space Humanities Lab
Life on Earth and Beyond
The History and Philosophy of the Origin of Life
Ven Island, Sweden, 30 May - 1 June 2022
Welcome to PhD course organised by Space Humanities
The aim of the summer school "Life on Earth and Beyond – History and Philosophy of Astrobiology: The Origin of Life" is to give participants a thorough overview of the scientific, historical, philosophical and ethical questions arising in this field. It is co-organised by the European Astrobiology Institute and the Space Humanities Group at Lund University. The course is open for students and scientists in humanities, natural, social and political sciences. The summer school will, amongst others deal with the following themes:
- Definition of life in a historical and philosophical context
- Philosophical challenges in defining life
- Biochemical evolution
- Evolution of biological functions
- Search for life outside Earth
- Philosophical, ethical and political questions arising with the quest for life on other celestial bodiesv
A multitude of highly merited researchers have agreed to teach at the course (see the Programme page for details. The deadline for application is 1 April 2022 23:59:00 UTC.
A preliminary programme of the summer course can be downloaded as an .doc file here.
Fees for accommodation and meals
There are no registration fees charged for the course for EAI member institutions (see European Astrobiology Institute for a list. For others a registration fee of EUR 50,- will be charged. Participants from EAI institutions selected by EAI will be offered free meals and accommodation in a shared house for 4 from 29 May (dinner) until 2 June (breakfast) Other participants, will, however have to fund their own travel, accommodation and meals. The package rates for the participants are
The course packages cover
- Accommodation in houses (2 floors) with en-suite facilities from 29 May evening to 2 June 2022 morning
- Breakfasts, Coffee breaks, lunches and dinners from 29 May 2022 evening to 2 June 2022 morning
- Excursion around Ven and visit to Tycho Brahe Museum and other sights
- Farewell dinner
- Course material
For registration, selected participants will be requested to send the registration form sent to them by the course organiser back to him (email: wgeppert [at] fysik [dot] su [dot] se) before April 25th 2022. The registration fee for attendeees from non-EAI institutions is noot imncluded in the package
Venue and Access
Please refer to the Venue and Access webpage for all information
The deadline for application is 1 April 2022 23:59:00 UTC. Please refer to the Application webpage for application procedures. Successful applicants will be notified in the first 2 weeks of April.
For all enquiries please contact the course organiser, Wolf Geppert, preferably by e-mail: wgeppert [at] fysik [dot] su [dot] se or phone (++46-8-55378649). Please also refer to the practical infos and the other information webpages. Most necessary information is likely to be found there.