An Astrobiology Introductory Course

Rencontres exobiologiques pour doctorants

RED is a Training School about the “Basics in Astrobiology”. Astrobiology addresses questions related to the origins of life, its evolution, and distribution in the Universe. This school aims to offer an interdisciplinary training in astrobiology to students and young researchers having a master’s degree in astronomy, planetology, geology, chemistry, biology, or history and philosophy of science. If you are preparing a thesis or are an early career scientist with a subject related to astrobiology, this training school is for you! Each year, the “in-person” edition of the school is held in March in Le Teich (France). In June, a virtual school with the same program is also organized.

Virtual school program

Weekly schedule (June 10 - 14)

RED 24

March 17th - 23rd 2024

Teachers of the year

Joseph Moran

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Organic chemistry, catalysis, prebiotic chemistry, metabolism

Joseph Moran completed a B.Sc. in chemistry in 2004 and a Ph.D. in synthetic organic chemistry in 2009, both at the University of Ottawa. In 2010, he moved to the University of Texas at Austin for postdoctoral work. In 2012, he joined the Institute of Supramolecular Science and Engineering (ISIS) at the University of Strasbourg as an assistant professor and was promoted to full professor in 2018. In 2024, he returns to the University of Ottawa as a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair. Prof. Moran’s research aims to understand how life began, using the lens of biological metabolism as a guide. His group is also interested in developing new conceptual approaches to catalyzing organic reactions, such as the use of virtual light-matter interactions. Prof. Moran is a two-time grantee of the European Research Council (ERC). He has received the C&EN Talented 12 award (2018), a junior chair from the Institut Universitaire de France (2021), and the Leibig Lectureship of the German Chemical Society (2022).
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ISIS – University of Strasbourg, 67000 Strasbourg, France


Amination of the virtual school

Astrobiology disciplines


Nucleosynthesis, Star formation and evolution


Interstellar medium, Prebiotic chemistry, Chirality


Evolution, Tree of life, Extremophiles


Meteorites, Early Earth Environment, Traces of life


Exploration, Space missions, Exoplanets

History and philosophy

What is life?
Evolution of ideas

A “complete” RED training is scheduled over 2 years, but each year is self-consistent. You can attend once, or two years in a row. All lectures are in English.

Meet students from all over the world to learn about astrobiology and its most recent developments. Work together on interdisciplinary projects and make new connections. Benefit from the expertise of specialists from all over the world

Get access to the latest scientific results on the origins of life on Earth, and the search for life elsewhere: thanks to the online courses and conferences.