Objectives within COST countries will be (1) To establish and consolidate the community dealing with physical chemistry outside of the Earth, mainly during the formation of Solar type stars and planets around them (2) To make the various ways of investigation (observation, chemical modelling, chemical experiments, chemical theory) share common goals, understand each other’s aims and objectives (3) To allow for students and researchers alike, to access intimate knowledge of chemistry and astrochemistry, all the more if one or the other is not their speciality, thanks to schools, STSM's. (4) To demonstrate to the various agencies specializing in funding astrophysics that chemistry is essential in understanding the ins and outs of the chemical and physical phenomena pertaining to star and planet formation, down to the present day comets and meteoritic materials (5) To encourage students to join this line of research, thereby ensuring both a continuity in the attractiveness of astrochemistry to prospective PhD students and post-docs, and also to attract post-docs from outside Europe to apply for positions, post-doctoral or permanent, in the various institutions of the COST countries.

Outside of COST countries, this Action will (1) Demonstrate the ability of strongly bound communities to deal with complex problems, drawing on very different expertise, scientific domains (2) Make European research visible to international conferences (like IAU - International Astronomical Union) sponsored conferences, IUPAC) or foreign large national conferences (American Chemical Society, NASA-sponsored conferences, Japanese conferences), thereby making the European research and investment visible to outside research agencies (3) By the same token, making the COST countries institutions attractive to external students, post-docs, enforcing cooperation and exchanges, even helping in attracting new researchers and returning COST countries students, in possible cooperation with Marie-Curie Actions.


Application for STSMs (travel period September-November 9th): continuous submission until October 24th

Upcoming Events


Previous Events

"Our Astro-­Chemical History: Past, Present, and Future" Conference
September 10-14 2018

Workshop "Formation and destruction of molecules by UV and X-ray radiation”
January 8/9 2018
Bristol, UK
SOC: P. Slavicek, B. Curchod, J.-H. Fillion (WG3)

First General Meeting in Prague
May 26 - 29 2015

Theory meeting in Munich
November 23 - December 8 2015

WG1 & 4 meeting
March 7 - 8 2016
Pisa (Italy)
Organizers: Skouteris, Balucani, Jorgensen, Vastel, Roncero

Summer School on Astrochemistry
August 29 - September 9 2016
Grenoble (France)
co-organized by COST, IPAG and CNRS-PCMI

Astrochemistry Week
January 16 - 20 2017
Faro (Portugal)
LOC: Joao Brandao (University of Algarve)

Training School (joint Our Astro-Chemical History and MOLIM)
August 31 - September 6 2017
Belgrade (Serbia)
SOC chairs: Laurent Wiesenfeld, Attila Csaszar
LOC chairs: Sonja Grubisik, Stanka Jerosimic

Workshop "Nitrogen Fractionation in Space”
November 8/9 2017
Natural History Museum of Copenhagen (Denmark)
SOC: Charlotte Vastel and Jes Jorgensen (WG4)

WG1/2 joint workshop and management meeting
December 11-13 2017
Universidad Castilla La Mancha at Ciudad Real (Madrid)
WG1 "Gas phase Cold chemistry of COM's: a challenge for experiments, theory and astrophysical modeling"
SOC: Catherine Walsh , Elena Jimenez, Octavio Roncero, Andre Canosa
WG2 "Surface chemistry of COM's"
SOC: Dima Semenov, Herma Cuppen
LOC for both: Octavio Roncero, Andre Canosa, Elena Jimenez