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Astrobiology Graduate Conference Proposal Writing Retreat

By Keith Cowing
Status Report
March 17, 2024
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Astrobiology Graduate Conference Proposal Writing Retreat

Proposal Writing Retreat (PWR): June 7th – 10th, 2024
Conference: June 10th – 14th, 2024

The Astrobiology Graduate Conference (AbGradCon) is organized by graduate students for early career scientists who study the complex and diverse topics that astrobiology encompasses. For over two decades, this conference has been an integral part of the astrobiology community of graduate students and postdocs by fostering small group discussions, scientific presentations, and social activities that promote long-term professional relationships. AbGradCon seeks to build community, provide practical training for early career scientists, and be the catalyst for a more interdisciplinary and inclusive astrobiology community.

Applications are now open until April 5th!


This year’s conference will be held at Cornell University, located in the beautiful Finger Lakes region of upstate New York. The conference will consist of 2.5 days of scientific and collaborative sessions, a public outreach event dedicated to engaging with the general public, and an educational field trip. An intensive proposal writing retreat will be held the weekend before the conference at a lodge in the Adirondack Mountains for a group of 15 graduate students.

There is no registration fee and funding is available for graduate students. We encourage all graduate students and postdocs interested in astrobiology to apply. To learn more about the conference and submit an abstract, visit


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