Conference: Impacts and their Role in the Evolution of Life

The conference  “Impacts and their Role in the Evolution of Life” will take place from 3 to 6 September 2024 in the picturesque city of Nördlingen which is situated inside the world-famous Ries crater in southern Germany.


About the Conference

The European Astrobiology Institute and the Stockholm University Astrobiology Centre will function as co-organisers of the conference and the following subjects will be covered by the meeting:

  • Impacts and the early history of the Solar System
  • Impact structures as indicators of target properties
  • Impact-generated habitats for life
  • Role of impacts in delivery and formation of the building blocks for life
  • Environment effects of impacts
  • Impacts as threats for life and humankind
  • Geoconservation, education and outreach of impacts

We also will have two excursions, one one day after-conference outing around the Ries Crater on September 6th and one conference excursion to the Steinheim crater  on the afternoon of September 4th with its famous central uplift feature.

Participants will also have the possibility to display their own research results in a poster session.

The event is open to scientists and students.
PLEASE NOTE: A limited number of bursaries for students and early career scientists (up to 8 years from their first PhD. in a related field) from EAI institutions (see a list here) will be available.  Participants from EAI Institutions selected by the EAI for bursaries will be offered free lunches, excursions,  and accommodation in a shared 2-bedded room at Hotel Klösterle from the2nd of September (arrival) to the 7th of September 2024 (departure). Successful applicants will have to organise financial means for their travel and dinners themselves. Participants selected for the bursaries will be notified in early July (in good time before the registration deadline).

Confirmed Lecturers


Julia Brugger
Senckenberg Society for Nature Research, Germany


Elmar Buchner
University of Applied Sciences, Neu-Ulm, Germany


Heike Burkhardt
Geopark Ries, Germany


Nadia Drabon
Harvard University, USA


Pim Kaskes
Université Libre de Bruxelles,  Belgium


Katarina Miljkovic
Curtin University,


Eric Parker
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, USA


Martin Schmieder
University of Applied Sciences, Neu-Ulm, Germany

Alexandra Pontefract

Alexandra Pontefract
Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, USA


Eloy Peña-Asensio
Politecnico Milano, Italy


York University, Italy


The Programme

The scientific programme will run from September 3rd in the  morning until  September 6th in the evening. Apart from lectures  we also will have two excursions, one whole day after-conference outing around the Ries Crater on September 6th and one conference excursion to the Steinheim crater  on the afternoon of June 4th with its famous central uplift feature.There will also be a poster session and a public event.


Registration and abstract submission

Please use the abstract form linked here  to compose your abstract. Deadline for abstract submission is 1st July 2024.


Please use the registration buttons below for resigtration. Registration fees include:

  • 2-course lunches with soft drinks, wine  or beer
  • coffee breaks
  • free soft drinks through the sessions
  • conference material

Deadline for registration is 20th  July 2024.

Please note: Invited speakers and bursary winners will have to book all accommodation and themselves and registered and get reimbursed for these costs later.


Scientific  Organisation Committee

Sanna Alwmark, Lund University, SE

Mark Burchell, University of Kent, UK

Wolf Geppert, Stockholm University, SE

Matthew Huber, University of Western Cape, ZA

Philippe Lambert, Center
for International Research and Restitution on Impact and on Rochechouart,, FR

Anna Losiak, Polish Academy Of Sciences, PL

Jens Ormö, Centro de Astrobiología, ES

Gordin Osinski, University of Western Canada; CA

The Venue

Lectures and poster sessions will take place in the Klösterle Hotel in the city centre of the medieval town Nördlingen, Germany.  The address is

Hotel Klösterle
Beim Klösterle 1
D-86720 Nördlingen

Phone +49 9081 87080

The venue is only a 10 min walk from the Nördlingen railway station. with good connections to the airports of Frankfurt, Stuttgart and Munich. By train the ICE fast train station  Donauwörth  is only a 20 minute direct railway ride away. See the German railway website for connections.  The lecture room is equipped with a PowerPoint projector and audio equipment. 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. For access by car please check the map to the ride. Parking places are available in the  hotel garage (fee) or a 5 minutes walk from the hotel (free).


Accommodation  and meals

Participants will have the choice between accommodation in single rooms at the Hotel Klösterle (en-suite bathrooms). The rooms at Hotel Klösterle have en-suite bathrooms with WC and shower or bath tub, comfortable sitting areas and are decorated in contemporary style, using natural colors and dark wooden furniture. They are equipped with TV and Minibar. All places offer free wireless internet. Lecturers will be offered single room accommodation in Hotel Klösterle.

Breakfasts are included in the room prices  at Hotel Klösterle (if  you book there). Lunches and coffe breaks will be at the same place (apart from during excursions, see bekow). Thee are plenty of nice places for dinners in the Old Town close to the hotel.


Important notice: Also invited speakers and recipients of bursaries have to register conference packages and book accommodations.  They will be reimbursed after the conference. If that is a problem for you please contact the conference organiser, Wolf Geppert , Stockholm University, Swedem (, phone ++46-723601155)



For all enquiries  reharding the conference, please contact the  organiser, Wolf Geppert , Stockholm University, Swedem (, phone ++46-723601155). For issues with regostration and payment please contact our staff at European Science Foundation ( 




The attendees of the conference have options for accommodation, and also which excursions they wish to attend. See pricing table below for details.

€ 100

Single room, per night and per person

Hotel Klösterle

€ 60

Shared room, per night and per person

Hotel Klösterle

€ 70

Conference package per day

  • 2-course lunch
  • 2 coffee breaks
  • Fruits and soft drinks during meeting
  • Conference material

€ 60

Excursion Wednesday 4th September

  • Excursion to Steinheim crater
  • Visit to Crater museum
  • Lunch at local restaurant
  • Dinner at traditional German restaurant

€ 60

After conference outing 6th September

  • Whole day excursion around Ries crater
  • Visit to Museum
  • Lunch at local restaurant
  • Visits to different localities in Ries