Azores Summer School: Volcanism, Plate Tectonics, Hydrothermal Vents and Life








Volcanism, Plate Tectonics, Hydrothermal Vents and Life: Summer School

The course “Volcanism, Plate Tectonics, Hydrothermal Vents and Life” will take place from 10 October to 22 October 2023 at Angra do Heroismo, in the Azores (Portugal)

The course aims to give participants a thorough introduction into influence of volcanism, plate tectonics on life and the role of hydrothermal vents in the upcome of life. It is co-organised by the European Astrobiology Institute and the University of the Azores. Lurdes Dapcevicius (University of the Azores), Joana Barcelo Ramos Wolf Geppert (Stockholm University) will function as course organisers. The summer school will include:

  • Lectures by leading scientists in the field covering a cornucopia of different subjects
  • Field excursions to geologically interesting sights (volcanic areas, hot springs, lava caves, etc.)
  • Exploration of lava caves
  • Characterisation of microbes in lava caves and hot springs via Polymerase chain reaction (PCR)
  • Poster sessions
  • Participant-led discussions
  • Application to the summer school is open for students and scientists (including post-docs) from all countries. Participants will be selected by the course organisers.

Both students and scientists are welcome to the course. 

The deadline for applications has passed but we still have some places free. So feel free to send applications.

Confirmed Lecturers

Doris Breuer

German Aerospace Centre, Berlin,Germany

Maria Lurdes Enes Dapkevicius

University of the Azores, Angra do Heroísmo, Portugal

Anna Neubeck

Uppsala University, Sweden

Diana Northup

University of New Mexico, USA

Fátima Viveiros

University of the Azores, Portugal

Adriano Pimentel

University of the Azores, Portugal

Wolf Geppert

Stockholm University, Sweden

Tilman Spohn

ISSI, Switzerland

Course Fees

Participants from Institutions Inside EAI

Participants from Institutions Outside EAI

Participants, will have to fund their own travel, accommodation and meals. Sadly, we cannot offer any bursaries. However there are reduced fees for people from EAI institutions. 

These rates include

  • Accommodation as specified from 10 October 2023 (arrival) to 22 October 2023 (departure)
  • Meals (breakfasts (only for hotel guests, we provide groceries for people living in the hostel), lunches, dinners and coffee breaks starting from dinner on 10 October dinner until breakfast  22 October 2023: For day guests lunchs and dinners are included.
  • Farewell dinner on 22nd October 2023
  • Coffee breaks
  • Excursions and entrance fees
  • Course material and consumables

For a list of institutions participating in the European Astrobiology Institute, click here. Sadly, we cannot financially support attendees to the summer school.

Instructions for payment will be given to participants in due course.

School Venue

Centro Cultural e de Congressos de Angra do Heroísmo

Canada Nova de S/N, 9700-130 Angra do Heroísmo, Portugal

The lecture room is equipped with a PowerPoint and overhead projector. If lecturers need some other technical devices, they should contact the organisers in good time. The venue of the poster session will be announced in due course.

Reserve your spot today!


Terceira, Portugal

10 – 22 October 2023

Days Hours Minutes Seconds

The main organiser of the event will be the European Astrobiology Institute will be Dr. Wolf Geppert from Stockholm University. For scientific questions he will serve as the main contact person. For administrative issues (e.g. payment) please contact Mariette Vandermersch. The organisers are looking forward to welcoming you at the course.