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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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)
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
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
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
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.
Sessions will include: Mars science and exploration, astrobiology outreach, icy bodies research, life in extreme environments, molecules in extreme environments.
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.
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]
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]
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 @ email@example.com [Source: NAI]
January 26-27, 2013
Ventura Beach Marriott
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
Several sessions at the 2012 Astrobiology Science Conference were broadcast live via Adobe Connect and recorded. An archive of talks from 18 sessions is now available for viewing online via the AbSciCon website. For more information: http://abscicon2012.arc.nasa.gov/recorded_talks/
SETIcon II happens June 22-24th, 2012 at Hyatt Regency, Santa Clara, California. SETIcon, envisioned and organized by the SETI Institute, is a unique, entertaining and enlightening public event where science and imagination meet. SETIcon brings together innovative scientists, science fiction authors, space and science artists, space lovers, and the curious and adventurous everywhere for a 3-day public celebration and exploration of space, real science, technology, imagination, and science education. For more information: http://seticon.com/
IFEMA-Feria de Madrid
23 - 28 September 2012, Madrid, Spain
The intention of the European Planetary Science Congress 2012 is to cover a broad area of science topics related to planetary science and planetary missions. The program of the congress will contain oral and poster sessions, and it will emphasize workshops and panel discussions in order to have a strong interaction between the participants. The Scientific Organizing Committee of the EPSC2012 invites all planetary scientists to participate in the congress, submit contributions to the topical sessions and share their research with colleagues and friends. We are looking forward to welcome you in Madrid! For more information: http://www.epsc2012.eu/
Poipu, Kauai, Hawaii, February 25-27, 2013
Contributed talks (30 min) and poster presentations are invited for the 'First Workshop on Experimental Laboratory Astrophysics' in Poipu, Kauai, Hawaii, February 25-27, 2013. During the last decade, significant new experimental techniques have been developed to investigate the interaction of ionizing radiation (UV, VUV, gamma rays, charged particles) and of neutrals (atoms, radicals, molecules, grains) with surfaces of solids (ices, minerals, carbonaceous compounds) in the Solar System and in the Interstellar Medium (ISM). These processes provide new fundamental insights - sometimes on the molecular level - into the processes that are critical to the chemistry in the ISM, star and planet forming regions, and on/in icy objects in the Solar System from the formation of the simplest molecule (molecular hydrogen) to astrobiologically important species such as amino acids and sugars.
The first workshop features invited (senior and junior researchers) as well as contributed talks and poster presentations focusing on the interaction of ionizing radiation (UV, VUV, gamma rays, charged particles) and neutrals (atoms, radicals, molecules, grains) with low temperature solids (ices, minerals, organics).
Additional information will be posted soon.
Ralf I. Kaiser, University of Hawaii
Brant Jones, University of Hawaii
Gianfranco Vidali, Syracuse University
Raul Baragiola, University of Virginia
Sergio Pilling, Universidade do Vale do Paraiba
Dag Hanstorp, University of Gotheburg, Sweden
For more information: http://www.chem.hawaii.edu/Bil301/Ice2013.html
The next Icy Satellites Environments Focus Group (ISEFG) meeting will be held on Thursday, June 28th from 9:00-10:00am PDT. A presentation on "Europa Mission Options - Status and Updates" will be given by Bob Pappalardo and may be viewed live at, http://connect.arc.nasa.gov/icy