Education and Outreach

2009 Santander Summer School: Earth's Extremophiles and Extraterrestrial Habitability

By Keith Cowing
March 11, 2009

Location: Palacio de Magdalena, Santander, Cantabria, Spain

Dates: June 22-26, 2009

The seventh annual summer school in Astrobiology, organized jointly by the Spanish Centro de Astrobiologia and the NASA Astrobiology Institute will be held at the Santander campus of Spain’s national university, Universidad Internacional Menendez Pelayo (UIMP).

The summer school includes a week of lectures presented by internationally distinguished researchers, round-table discussions, astronomical observations, and a half-day field trip. Students completing the school receive a UIMP Diploma in Astrobiology. On-site accommodations and meals are provided at the summer campus of UIMP, the Palacio de la Magdalena, Santander (

Scholarships covering travel costs, school fees, accommodation and meals are provided by NAI for approximately 10 American students. Additional opportunities are available for students of other nationalities. Applications for NAI scholarships close March 31, 2009.

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[Source: NAI Newsletter]

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