Training School 4: Deep Life in Buried Salt Deposits

Location: University of Essex (UK) and Boulby International Subsurface Astrobiology Laboratory (UK)

Date: 9th – 16th September 2018

Deadline for applications: 15th June 2018 (see form at the end of this page)

Goals: provide training in microbiology and geochemistry needed to investigate life in buried salt deposits: lectures, laboratory practicals and an underground experience!


  • Day 1. Arrival at UEssex- evening inaugural lecture.
  • Day 2. UEssex lectures & practicals.
  • Day 3. UEssex lectures & practicals.
  • Day 4. AM UEssex; PM Transit to Boulby.
  • Day 5. Boulby lectures.
  • Day 6. Boulby Underground Lab.
  • Day 7. Boulby Lectures.
  • Day 8. Transit back to Essex – departure.

Organizing Committee and lecturers: Giovanni Aloisi (IPGP, France), Terry McGenity (University of Essex, UK), Tina Treude (University of California, Los Angeles, USA), Charles Cockell (University of Edinburgh, UK), Sean Paling (University of Sheffield, UK) and Josefa Anton Botella (University of Alicante, Spain).

External lectures: Petra Rettberg (German Aerospace Center, DLR).

Participation: MEDSALT will support the participation of up to 20 trainees with a fixed grant to cover travel and subsistence costs (accomodation will be arranged by the organisers).

Trainees eligible to be reimbursed: 1. Trainees from COST Full Members / COST Cooperating Member. 2. Trainees from Approved NNC institutions. 3. Trainees from Approved European RTD Organisations. See lists

Target Trainees: PhD Students and Early Stage Researchers (ESR, time elapsed between the date of the PhD/doctorate (or similar experience) and the date of involvement in the COST action is equal or less than 8 years). The selection of the trainees will address the COST policies towards Excellence and Inclusiveness:

  • geographical spread
  • career stage: involving early career investigators
  • gender balance


Download the flyer for more information. 




E-mail separately to your CV and a reference letter from your supervisor/tutor saved in two files in pdf format named: Last Name_TS4.CV.pdf  and Last Name_TS4.Reference.pdf


*ECI: an applicant who is within a time span of up to 8 years from the date they obtained their PhD/doctorate (full-time equivalent).

Note: General rules for participation in COST Action Training schools can be found in the COST web Page ( and more specifically in the “COST Vademecum” document (page 33) downloadable at this link: