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

Bertram Bitsch

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Planet formation simulations, hydrodynamics and N-body simulation, planet-disc interactions, chemical composition of forming planets

Dr. Bitsch finished his PhD in 2011 working on 3D radiation hydrodynamical simulations of planet-disc interactions and continued as a post-doc at the Nice Observatory in France, working on simulations of protoplanetary disc structures. When he moved to Lund, Sweden in 2014, he consequently combined his previous knowledge with planet formation simulations to figure out how planets form. This was also the research topic of his ERC research group at the Max-Planck-Institute for Astronomy in Heidelberg, Germany, where he and his team studied how planets can form in different disc environment through hydrodynamical and N-body simulations. At UCC Dr. Bitsch will continue to work on planet formation simulations.

Department of Physics, University College Cork – Cork, Ireland


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.