Conferences and Meetings: June 2012

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

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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:

SETIcon 2

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:

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:

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.

The Organizers

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

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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,