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Astrobiology Science Conference (AbSciCon) Coverage

Astrobiology Science Conference (AbSciCon) Coverage

Keith's note: This coming week I will be at the Astrobiology Science Conference (AbSciCon). I will be tweeting about the meeting from @NASAWatch and @Astrobiology and posting updates at astrobiology.com. AbSciCon Sessions will be streamed live at http://astrobiology.nasa.gov/livestream


Breakthrough Discuss Conference Closes with Full Day Dedicated to Newly Discovered Exoplanets and SETI

Breakthrough Discuss Conference Closes with Full Day Dedicated to Newly Discovered Exoplanets and SETI

Day Two of Breakthrough Discuss opened with Michaël Gillon describing the discovery of TRAPPIST-1, which has seven temperate planets, including three in the habitable zone.


Breakthrough Discuss Opens with Lively Sessions Dedicated to the Search for Planets and Life in Our Cosmic Neighborhood

Breakthrough Discuss Opens with Lively Sessions Dedicated to the Search for Planets and Life in Our Cosmic Neighborhood

The first day of Breakthrough Discuss 2017 explored planets around nearby stars and their potential for life. Charles Alcock opened the conference with the statement that, "The far-fetched ideas of today are the discoveries of tomorrow," and Peter Michelson emphasized that the last century of scientific investigation has transformed questions about origins from the realm of metaphysics to a place where they can be investigated observationally.


Breakthrough Initiatives Summit on Life in the Universe and Space Exploration

Breakthrough Initiatives Summit on Life in the Universe and Space Exploration

Breakthrough Initiatives today announced its second annual Breakthrough Discuss scientific conference, which will bring together leading astronomers, engineers, astrobiologists and astrophysicists to advance discussion surrounding recent discoveries of potentially habitable planets in nearby star systems. The conference will take place on Thursday, April 20 and Friday, April 21, at Stanford University and will be webcast live.


AbGradCon 2014 Abstract Submission Now Open

AbGradCon 2014 Abstract Submission Now Open

The 10th Annual Astrobiology Graduate Conference (AbGradCon), an interdisciplinary conference organized by and for graduate students and early career scientists, will be held at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY during July 27 - 31, 2014.


Second Kepler Science Conference Cancelled

Second Kepler Science Conference Cancelled

Keith's note: NASA has cancelled the Second Kepler Science Conference, which was to be held at NASA Ames on November 4-8, 2013. This cancellation is now posted on the Kepler Mission web site. I am told that the organizers hope to postpone this meeting and hold it again at NASA Ames, perhaps one year later, i.e., November 2014, assuming that the sequestration restrictions on NASA will have been lifted by then.


AbGradCon 2013

AbGradCon 2013

The 10th annual Astrobiology Graduate Conference (AbGradCon), an interdisciplinary conference organized by and for graduate students and early career scientists, will be held at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada from June 10th - 14th, 2013. AbGradCon is for pre- and early-career scientists (astronomers, biologists, chemists, educators, engineers, geologists, planetary scientists and social scientists) whose research addresses a topic relevant to astrobiology.
For all information and updates, visit www.abgradcon.org


2013 Polar and Alpine Microbiology Conference

2013 Polar and Alpine Microbiology Conference

Registration and abstract submission deadline: June 1, 2013. The 5th International Conference on Polar and Alpine Microbiology (PAM5) will be held in Big Sky, Montana (USA) from 8-12 September 2013. This meeting will be a continuation of the highly successful meetings previously held in Rovaniemi, Finland (2004), Innsbruck, Austria (2006), Banff, Canada (2008) and Ljubljana, Slovenia (2011), which brought together leading international researchers and students in this field.


Gordon Research Conference: Biological Mechanisms in Evolution in Basic Biology, Cancer, Infectious Disease and Medicine

Gordon Research Conference: Biological Mechanisms in Evolution in Basic Biology, Cancer, Infectious Disease and Medicine

Applications for this meeting must be submitted by May 5, 2013: This GRC will be held at Stonehill College in Easton, MA (USA) June 2-7, 2013.


10th International Congress on Halophilic Microorganisms - Halophiles 2013

10th International Congress on Halophilic Microorganisms - Halophiles 2013

Deadline for Abstract Submission - April 30th: The 10th international Congress on Halophilic Microorganisms - Halophiles 2013, will be held on the campus of the University of Connecticut, Storrs from June 23rd - 27th 2013.


Goldschmidt 2013 - Deep Subsurface Fluids, Habitability and Microbial Ecosystems

Goldschmidt 2013 - Deep Subsurface Fluids, Habitability and Microbial Ecosystems

August 25 - 30, 2013 in Florence, Italy - Abstract Submission Deadline: April 12, 2013: Convenors: Matt Schrenk, Barbara Sherwood Lollar, Chris Ballentine - Keynote: Eric Boyd (Montana State University)


Summer Course: Molecules in Space

Date: 25 June - 2 July, 2013
Location: Kungsbacka, Sweden
Application Deadline: 2 April 2013

The summer course "Molecules in space", which will be held at Onsala Space Observatory, Sweden from 25 June to 2 July 2013, aims to give participants a thorough introduction into the role of molecules in many astronomical environments such as

* the early universe
* star-forming regions and protoplanetary disks
* atmospheres of planets and their satellites
* cometary comae
* circumstellar envelopes
* supernova remnants


13th European Workshop on Astrobiology - EANA'13

Date: 22 - 25 July, 2013
Location: Szczecin, Poland
Abstract Submission Deadline: March 15, 2013

The next EANA workshop (EANA'13) will be held in Szczecin, Poland, on July 22-25, 2013.

The focus will be on:

* Astrochemistry, interstellar medium;
* Astrophysics, protoplanetary discs and planets;
* Planetary habitability and exploration;
* Macromolecules and models of prebiotic molecules;
* Origin and evolution of life, extremophiles;
* Rocks, fossils and meteorites;
* Space technology, medicine and industry;
* Miscellaneous subjects in astrobiology.

More information is available at http://www.astrobiologia.pl/eana13


AbGradCon 2013, Abstract submission now open

Abstract submission Deadline: March 1, 2013

The 10th annual Astrobiology Graduate Conference (AbGradCon), an interdisciplinary conference organized by and for graduate students and early career scientists, will be held at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada from June 10th - 14th, 2013. Pre- and early-career scientists (astronomers, biologists, chemists, educators, engineers, geologists, planetary scientists and social scientists) whose research addresses a topic relevant to astrobiology are encouraged submit for oral and / or poster presentations. Abstract submission for AbGradCon 2013 is open now, and closes March 1, 2013. The submission form can be found here: http://www.abgradcon.org/applicationform.html For more information and updates, visit www.abgradcon.org


The 5th UK Astrobiology Society of Britain Conference: Molecules and Life in Extremes

To understand the origin of life, how life has persisted on the Earth for over 3.5 billion years and whether we might find it elsewhere, requires that we understand how life and molecules adapt to extreme environments. The 5th UK Astrobiology conference, supported by the UK Space Agency, will explore molecules and life in extremes and the implications for the search for extraterrestrial life.
The conference welcomes astronomers, biologists, chemists, physicists and other disciplines that intersect with astrobiology.

This event marks the 10th anniversary of the founding of the Astrobiology Society of Britain.

Topics

Sessions will include: Mars science and exploration, astrobiology outreach, icy bodies research, life in extreme environments, molecules in extreme environments.


Space Telescope Science Institute Symposium Explores Habitable Worlds Across Time and Space

Within a matter of years, humanity will know for the first time the frequency of terrestrial planets in orbit around other stars. This knowledge will pave the way for joining research from astronomy, Earth science, and biology to understand the past, present, and future of the Earth within its larger context as one of many potentially habitable worlds throughout the galaxy. Such work seeks to understand the formation and fate of the Earth as well as predict where and when different bodies will be suitable for both simple and complex forms of life.

During the four-day symposium on April 29 to May 2, 2013, at the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) in Baltimore, Md., scientists from diverse fields will discuss the formation and long-term evolution of terrestrial bodies throughout the various phases of stellar and galactic evolution. A particular focus will be how the specific conditions and challenges for habitability on Earth extend to other bodies in the solar system and beyond. This symposium will include discussions about sites for galactic habitability that have not yet been given much attention. The existence of these overlooked environments may provide motivation for novel astronomical observations with existing and next generation ground and space-based observations.


Protostars & Planets VI

July 15-20, 2013 at the Convention Center Heidelberg, Germany

The Protostars and Planets series has served the community for more than three decades with state of the art compilations of the current knowledge in the fields of star and planet formation. The previous volume PPV was published in 2007. Since then, the field of protostars and planets has advanced tremendously, from a theoretical as well as observational point of view.

The primary outcome of the conference will be the Protostars and Planets VI book of review articles. Although the meeting is still more than one year away, the logistics of preparing excellent overview articles and getting them into print in due time requires timely organization. Therefore, we ask you to submit proposals for review chapters and associated talks by September 15th 2012.

For more information visit: http://www.mpia-hd.mpg.de/homes/ppvi/index.php [Source: NAI]


Astrobiology Workshop, Aveiro University

October 18-20, 2012 at the Aveiro University in Portugal

Abstract submission deadline: September 15
Pre-registration deadline: October 8

The focus of this workshop is on maximizing resources and gathering and sharing expertise in the field of astrobiology. It's an excellent platform to introduce astrobiology to university students and researchers of related fields. The structure of the workshop includes lectures, a round table session, two poster sessions and an open session to general audience and parallel activities for children. On the last day there will be a field trip to a geological formation of interest to Astrobiology.

For more information visit: http://astrobiologia.web.ua.pt/ [Source: NAI]


AbSciCon 2012 Talks Now Available Online

Talks presented at the Astrobiology Science Conference 2012 are now available at http://abscicon2012.arc.nasa.gov/abstracts/. You'll find the Adobe Connect recordings and abstracts organized on par with the AbSciCon Program. For any queries, contact us at @ abscicon@gmail.com [Source: NAI]


The Future of Geobiology: Perspectives from Graduate and Postdoctoral Research

January 26-27, 2013
Ventura Beach Marriott
Ventura, CA

Application Deadline: December 29, 2012

The Gordon Research Seminar on Geobiology is a unique forum for graduate students, post-docs, and other scientists with comparable levels of experience and education to present and exchange new data and cutting edge ideas.

The focus of this meeting is to explore the diverse and dynamic field of geobiology. The discussions and presentations will address these main themes:

* microbial structures in ancient and modern settings
* taphonomy and micropaleontology
* biomineralization and the co-evolution of minerals and microbes
* life detection for applications to early life on Earth and other planets
* integrating geobiobiology into interdisciplinary research and academic programs

For more information: http://www.grc.org/programs.aspx?year=2013&program=grs_geo



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