The next conference in the First Billion Years series, Habitability: Producing Conditions Conducive to Life, will be held September 15–19, 2019 in Big Sky, Montana.

The astrophysical processes (e.g., accretion, differentiation, bombardment) that created the worlds we observe today also created at least one world where life has emerged and thrived. This topical conference on Habitability, the fourth and final installment of the LPI’s First Billion Years initiative, will focus on the production of habitable environments early in the history of our solar system, the emergence of life on Earth, and extensions to extrasolar systems.

This conference is intended to foster multi- and interdisciplinary discussion on the processes and physical conditions that affected the early development of potentially habitable environments, how such environments evolved over time, and how such ideas may be tested with current and future observations and missions.

A one-day excursion to Yellowstone National Park is planned to explore the biologic potential of hydrothermal systems in volcanic settings and to discuss a similar potential in impact-generated hydrothermal systems that may have existed during the dawn of life nearly 4 billion years ago.

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