Conferences and Meetings: October 2010

- A Symposium Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of NASA's Exobiology Program

On October 14th a symposium was held celebrating the 50th anniversary of NASA's Exobiology program. Recordings of the keynote addresses and panel discussions are now available online at For more information about the symposium: . [Source: NAI]

Dates: 5-8 June 2011

Location: Montana State University, Bozeman Montana

Eligibility: graduate students, post-doctoral students, early-career astrobiologists (2-5 years past PhD).

Limit: 50

The 2011 Astrobiology Graduate Student Conference (AbGradCon) will be held at Montana State University, from 5-8 June, 2011. The schedule will include two full days of talks and poster sessions, one day of public outreach and educational activities, and a full-day field trip to Yellowstone National Park. The conference application will be available online in January 2011. For more information, please visit our website:, or email

[Source: NAI]

The Astrobiology Society of Britain (ASB) held its 4th biennial conference in April 2010. The meeting was held at Royal Holloway College (London University) and was attended by over 60 people. The International Journal of Astrobiology has devoted an issue to 11 selected original (refereed) papers presented at the meeting. Conference proceedings are listed in the International Journal of Astrobiology, Vol. 9 issue 4, pp 191-291, (2010). Selected proceedings of our earlier meetings are also available in the International Journal of Astrobiology, Vol. 8, issue 1, pp 1-61 (2009); Vol 5., issue 3, pp 181-275 (2006); and Vol. 3, issue 2, pp 71-181 (2004). For further information, see: [Source: NAI]

Date/Time: Monday, October 25 2010 11:00AM Pacific
Speaker: Ken Stedman (Portland State University)
Title: "Quo vadis Astrovirology?"

Abstract: What is "Astrovirology" and where is it going? In the last few years there has been a quiet revolution in the study of viruses on our planet and in our ecosystem. The presence of vast numbers and astounding diversity of viruses in all known environments has been confirmed. Moreover, the discovery of new "giant" viruses has blurred the accepted definition of viruses. Currently, the role of viruses in terrestrial global cycles and their role in the origins and evolution of life as we know it are under intense investigation. We consider these studies to be "Astrovirology". Other central questions in "Astrovirology" include: "What is a virus?", "How old are viruses and how can they be detected?", and "What is (or are) the origin(s) of viruses?". This presentation will address these questions and discuss recent results from our research on virus preservation and a discovery-based study of viruses in an extreme environment, Boiling Springs Lake, in Lassen Volcanic National Park.

For more information and participation instructions: [Source: NAI]

Date: Thursday, October 14, 2010

Time: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Location: Lockheed Martin Global Vision Center 2121 Crystal Drive Arlington, VA 22202

NASA's Astrobiology Program addresses three fundamental questions: How does life begin and evolve? Is there life beyond Earth, and if so, how can we detect it? What is the future of life on Earth and in the universe?

Experts in a range of relevant disciplines will engage in an exciting day of discussions . . . . Are we alone? Confirmed speakers include Baruch S. Blumberg, The Honorable Daniel S. Goldin, David Grinspoon, Noel Hinners, James Lovelock, Lynn Margulis, and Steve Squyres.

Event is free, but kindly RSVP by October 7, 2010, to Non-U.S. citizens will need to provide nationality, passport number, and passport expiration date. Seating is extremely limited. Business attire is requested.