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TD COST Action TD1308
Origins and evolution of life on Earth and in the Universe (ORIGINS)

This Action addresses three basic questions that fascinate and intrigue scientists, and the general public alike, questions that are pivotal to our understanding and appreciation of our place in the universe. Where, when and how did life emerge and evolve on Earth? What are the conditions under which life can exist? Does life exist elsewhere in the Universe and, if it does, how can it be detected and identified?

The Action has specifically excluded the search for intelligent extraterrestrial life in its portfolio. Creationist theorems are also outside the Action’s remit.

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General Information*

Chair of the Action:

Dr Muriel GARGAUD (FR)

Vice Chair of the Action:

Prof Wolf GEPPERT (SE)

Science officer of the Action:

Dr Mafalda QUINTAS

Administrative officer of the Action:

Ms Ange Marie INA UWASE


Action Fact Sheet

Download AFS as .RTF

Memorandum of Understanding

Download MoU as PDF


Action website:

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Last updated: 19 November 2013 top of page