Biosignatures & Paleobiology: June 2010

The International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) will hold a symposium on "Searching for Life Signatures" at the Kavli Royal Society International Centre in the UK on October 6-8, 2010. The IAA symposium will immediately follow a Royal Society meeting "Towards a Scientific and Societal Agenda on Extra-terrestrial Life," also at the Kavli Centre on October 4-5. A Call for Papers for the IAA symposium, including information on the Royal Society meeting, can be found at The deadline for abstract submission to the IAA symposium is June 15. [Source: NAI Newsletter]

Workshop Dates: October 11-13, 2010

NAI, together with the Agouron Institute and the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, are again sponsoring a field workshop of the Early Earth Focus Group following upon the very successful BAR (Biosignatures in Ancient Rocks) workshop of 2007. The topic of this workshop is Anoxygenic Phototrophic Ecosystems (APE): Ancient and Modern. This workshop will bring together approximately 40 microbial ecologists, astro- and geobiologists; including ~10 senior scientists who have made significant contributions to our understanding of modern and ancient anaerobic ecosystems and of the chemistry of ancient oceans, ~15 early career researchers (assistant professors and postdocs) who have been actively conducting forefront research, and ~15 future leaders (current graduate students) in this field. The workshop is scheduled for Oct. 11-13 in Fayetteville, New York, at the scenic and biogeochemically stratified Green Lake. Travel awards are available. Please contact Linda Altamura (Penn State Astrobiology Research Center: for further information.

For more information about the Early Earth Focus Group, visit: [Source: NAI Newsletter]