Conferences and Workshops Seminars focus on collaborative technologies has enabled a unique phenomenon to emerge: the Workshop Without Walls. This structure brings together scientists from across the astrobiology community in a focused environment combining presentations with rich discussion. Seminarsen-usSat, 06 Jun 2020 05:18:33 +0000Environments of Terrestrial Planets Under the Young Sun: Seeds of Biomolecules "Environments of Terrestrial Planets Under the Young Sun: Seeds of Biomolecules" Symposium was held on April 9-13, 2018, hosted by the Sellers Exoplanet Environments Collaboration at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD, USA. This symposium was a major international interdisciplinary conference in the emerging area of astrobiology covering astrophysical, physico-chemical, atmospheric and geological aspects of environments of early terrestrial planets with a focus on the impacts of the young Sun’s space weather on the precursors of life. This workshop drew on the format of the highly successful prior workshop "Exoplanetary Space Weather, Climate and Habitability" (held in New Orleans, LA in 2016) in that practitioners were asked to discuss challenges around the fundamental questions of precursors and building blocks of life. *Day 1: Monday, April 9, 2018 - Space Weather from The Young Sun and Active Stars* Building 34, Room W150 Session Chair: Nat Gopalswamy (GSFC) <a href="">9:00 - 9:30 am Opening talks by V. Airapetian (GSFC/SEEC & AU), James Green (HQ), Colleen Hartman (GSFC), Avi Mandell (GSFC/SEEC) and Phil Johnson (American University) 9:30 - 10:00 am Manuel Guedel (University of Vienna, Austria) Evolution of Stellar Activity and Rotation: From the Pre-Main Sequence to the 1 Gyr- Old Sun (Invited) 10:00 - 10:30 am Yosuke Yamashiki (University of Kyoto, Japan) Martian Surface Environmental Assessment during Young Sun</a> 10:30 - 10:45 am Coffee Break <a href="">10:45 - 11:15 Nat Gopalswamy (GSFC, USA) Extreme CMEs and Energetic Particles from the Sun (Invited) 11:15 - 11:45 pm Rachel Osten (STScI, USA) Did the Young Sun Produce Coronal Mass Ejections? A Stellar Approach (Invited) 11:45 - 12:45 pm Breakout Session: From the Sun to Active Stars (Part 1)</a> 12:45 - 2:00 pm Lunch <a href="">2:00 - 2:30 pm Vladimir Airapetian (GSFC/SEEC & AU, USA) Evolving Space Weather from The Young Sun 2:30 - 3:00 pm Benjamin Lynch (UC Berkeley, USA) MHD Models of a Superflare and Associated Carrington-Scale CME Event from the Young Sun 3:00 - 3:30 pm Manfred Cuntz (UTA) Habitable Zones around K and M Dwarfs 3:30 - 3:45 pm</a> Coffee break 3:45 - 4:15 pm <a href="">Yuta Notsu (University of Kyoto, Japan) Spectroscopic observations of Kepler/TESS (young) solar-type superflare stars 4:15 - 4:45 pm Chigomezyo Ngwira (GSFC/SEEC, USA) Impacts of Super-CMEs from The Young Sun on Early Earth 4:45 - 5:45 pm Breakout Session: From the Sun to Active Stars (Part 2) 5:45 - 7:00 pm Lightning Talks (2 min per poster presentation) followed by the Poster Session </a> *Day 2: Tuesday, April 10, 2018 – Impact of Space Weather from the Young Sun* Building 34, Room W150 Session Chair: Manuel Güdel (University of Vienna) <a href="">8:30 - 9:00 am Colin Johnstone (University of Vienna, Austria) The Upper Atmosphere of The Early Earth: Physical Properties and Mass Loss (Invited) 9:00 - 9:30 am Kazunari Shibata (Kyoto University, Japan) Superflares on Solar Type Stars (Invited) 9:30 - 10:00 am Janet Luhman (UC Berkeley, USA) & Shannon Curry (UC Berkeley, USA) Implications of SEP Event and CIR Observations on the Effects of the Young Sun on Mars (Invited)</a> 10:00 - 10:20 am Coffee Break <a href="">10:20 - 10:50 am Katherine Garcia-Sage (GSFC/SEEC, USA) Modeling Magnetic Field-Aligned Ion Escape for Extreme Environments 10:50 - 11:20 am Glyn Collinson (GSFC/SEEC, USA) Shaking the Skies of Mars and Venus: Ionospheric Compression, Energization, and Escape Resulting from the Impact of Ultra-low Frequency Magnetosonic Wavesin the Solar Wind 11:20 - 11:50 am Alex Glocer (GSFC/SEEC, USA) Mechanisms of Energetic Mass Ejection – eXplorer (MEME-X) (Invited) 11:50 - 12:30 pm Breakout Session</a> 12:30 - 1:30 pm Lunch <a href="">1:30 - 2:00 pm Robert Strangeway (UCLA, USA) Ionospheric Outflows from Earth (Invited) – remote presentation via Adobe Connect 2:00 - 2:30 pm Hiroyuki Kurokawa (Tokyo Tech/ELSI, Japan) Isotopic constraints on the loss of atmosphere and water from Mars 2:30 - 3:00 pm</a> Nita Sahai (University of Akron, USA) Geochemical Controls on Protocell Self-Assembly in the Origins of Life 3:00 - 3:20 pm Coffee Break 3:20 - 3:50 pm <a href="">John Lee Grenfell (DLR, Germany) Effects of Space Weather on Atmospheric Photochemistry, Climate and Biosignatures 3:50 - 4:20 pm Theresa Lüftinger (University of Vienna, Austria) Drivers of Space Weather from Evolving Young Suns: Implications For Atmospheres of Terrestrial Type Exoplanets</a> 4:20 - 4:40 pm Coffee Break <a href="">4:40 - 5:00 pm Guillaume Gronoff (LARC/SSAI, USA) Chemical impacts of SEPs on Early Mars, Earth and Exoplanetary Atmospheric Chemistry 5:00 - 5:45 pm Breakout Session</a> 5:45 - 7:00 pm Poster Session *Day 3: Wednesday, April 11, 2018 - Climates of Early Earth, Mars and Venus* Building 34, Room W150 Session Chair: Vladimir Airapetian (GSFC/SEEC) <a href="">8:30 - 9:00 am Anthony Del Genio (GISS, USA) Greenhouse Gases, Climate Feedbacks, and the Habitability of Archean Earth (Invited) 9:00 - 9:30 am Jim Cleaves (ELSI/Tokyo Tech, Japan) A Systems Model of Earth’s Early Abiotic Nitrogen Cycle (Invited)</a> 9:30 - 9:50 am Coffee Break <a href="">9:50 - 10:20 am Kristina Kislyakova (University of Vienna, Austria) On the evolution of the early atmosphere of Venus 10:20 - 10:45 am Michael Way (GISS, USA) Modeling Venus Through Time its Implications for the Habitability of Venus-like exoplanetary worlds – remote presentation via Adobe Connect 10:45 - 11:15 am Athanasia Nikolaou (DLR, Germany) Terrestrial magma ocean evolution: Building an atmosphere under the young Sun 11:15 - 11:45 am Robin Wordsworth (Harvard University, USA) Redox evolution via gravitational differentiation on low mass planets: Implications for abiotic oxygen, habitability and prebiotic chemistry (Invited) 11:45 - 12:15 pm Sukrit Ranjan (MIT, USA), Dimitar Sasselov (Harvard University, USA) UV light on Earth and on M-dwarf Exoplanets: Implications for Prebiotic Chemistry (Invited) 12:15 - 1:00 pm Breakout Session</a> 1:00 - 2:00 pm Lunch 2:00 - 2:15 pm Group Photo 2:15 - 7:00 pm Tour to Washington, DC-Cherry Blossom Festival *Day 4: Thursday, April 12, 2018 - Building Blocks of Life* Building 33, Room H114 Session Chair: Jim Cleaves (Tokyo Institute of Technology, ELSI, Japan) <a href="">8:30 - 9:00 am Nick Hud (Georgia Institute of Technology, USA) Exploring candidate building blocks and environments for the emergence of life’s earliest polymers (Invited) 9:00 - 9:30 am Ramanarayanan Krishnamurthy (Scripps Institute, USA) Understanding the Pathways of Emergence of Complexity In Prebiotic and Biological Chemistry (Invited) 9:30 - 10:00 am Robert Pascal (University of Montpellier, France) Are there environmental requirements for biological organization to emerge? (Invited)</a> 10:00 - 10:30 am Laurie Barge (JPL, USA) Exploring Environmental Conditions for Prebiotic Chemistry on Early Terrestrial Planets (Invited) 10:30 - 10:45 am Coffee break <a href="">10:45 - 11:15 am David Fialho (Georgia Institute of technology, USA) Glycosylation of Noncanonical Nucleobases in Water: Implications for the Evolution of Early Genetic Polymers 11:15 - 11:45 am Jason Greenwald (ETH Zurich, Switzerland) Peptide amyloid aggregates as a molecular scaffold for prebiotic self- replication 11:45 - 12:30 pm Breakout Session</a> 12:30 - 1:30 pm Lunch <a href="">1:30 - 2:00 pm Gang Li (University of Alabama at Huntsville, USA) SEPs from the Young Sun</a> 2:00 - 2:30 pm Zita Martins (Instituto Superior Téchnico, Portugal) The origin and evolution of organic matter in the solar system: from interstellar ices to primitive carbonaceous chondrite (Invited) <a href="">2:30 - 3:00 pm Shigenori Maruyama (Tokyo Institute of Technology/ELSI, Japan) Nine requirements for the birthplace of life and probability of life beyond Earth</a> 3:00 - 3:15 pm Coffee break <a href="">3:15 - 3:45 pm Kensei Kobayashi (Yokohama National University, Japan) Formation of Amino Acid Precursors in Slightly Reducing Planetary Atmospheres by Solar Energetic Particles from the Young Sun (Invited) 3:45 - 4:15 pm Albert Fahrenbach (Tokyo Institute of Technology/ELSI, Japan) Radiolytic Synthesis of RNA Precursors</a> 4:15 - 4:30 pm Coffee break <a href="">4:30 - 5:00 pm Michael Mumma (GSFC/SEEC) A Compositional Survey of 30 Comets: Chemical and Isotopic Signatures, and Implications for Enabling Life’s Origins in Planetary Systems 5:00 - 5:30 pm Jan Spitzer (Mallard Creek Polymers, USA) Emergence of Life on Earth-like Planets 5:30 - 6:30 pm Breakout session</a> 7:00 - 11:00 pm Banquet at Recreation Center, GSFC *Day 5: Friday, April 13, 2018 – Biogenic Conditions on Early Terrestrial Planets and Exoplanets* Building 33, Room H114 Session Chair: Nick Hud (Georgia Institute of Technology, USA) <a href="">8:30 - 9:00 am Ofer Cohen (UMass, USA) Energy Dissipation in the Upper Atmospheres of Trappist-1 Planets 9:00 - 9:30 am Charley Lineweaver (Australian National University, Australia) Atmospheres, Weathering, Circumstellar Habitable Zones and the Gaian Bottleneck Model (Invited) 9:30 - 10:00 am Moran Frenkel Pinter (Georgia Institute of Technology, USA) Dynamic Polymerization of Prebiotic Depsipeptides Allows Selection of Stable Structures 10:00 - 10:30 am Weijia Kuang (GSFC/SEEC, USA) When will the Earth's magnetic field cease? Implications on habitability</a> 10:30 - 10:45 am Coffee break <a href="">10:45 - 11:15 am Maurice van Putten (Sejong University, South Korea) Moons as a proxy for global clement climate in exoplanets 11:15 - 11:40 am Shawn Domagal-Goldman (GSFC/SEEC, USA) LUVOIR: A Mission to "Early Earth 2.0" 11:45 - 12:15 pm Jeffrey Bada (UCSD, USA) Exposed Areas Above Sea Level on Earth>3.5 Gy: Implications for Prebiotic Chemistry and the Transition to Primitive Biotic – remote presentation via Adobe Connect 12:15 - 1:15 pm Concluding Remarks by Vladimir Airapetian (GSFC/SEEC and AU, USA) Biogenic Conditions on the Early Earth and Mars Under The Young Sun: What Do We Learn?</a> Georgia Tech Astrobiology Colloquium Life Origins and the Universe: A Networking Event March 30th, 2018 Georgia Tech Astrobiology is proud to announce that the 2018 Astrobiology Colloquium will take place on March 30th, 2018. This is a new early career event for the Georgia Tech astrobiology community and will consist of presentations and talks by students (both graduate and undergraduate) and post-doctoral fellows working in astrobiology, space science, and engineering across the Georgia Tech campus and greater Atlanta. There will also be plenary lectures given by distinguished members of the global astrobiology community. <iframe width="492" height="277" src="" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen></iframe> Our theme, for what we hope is the inauguration of an annual event is: Exploring Life Origins and the Universe: A Networking Event. As such, in addition to our early career speakers, poster presentations, and our plenary lectures, there will be networking and innovation platform activities to forge connections and explore collaborative ideas among participants. Hence, senior researchers and faculty are highly encouraged to attend. Please Note: This is a free event. However, registration will be required as space is limited. Plenary Speakers Ada Yonath Weizmann Institute, Israel and 2009 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry Niles Lehman Portland State University Shawn Domagal-Goldman NASA Goddard Spaceflight Center Organizing Committee Moran Frenkel-Pinter Postdoctoral Researcher Moran Frenkel-Pinter Kennda Lynch Postdoctoral Researcher George Zaharescu Postdoctoral Researcher Faculty Advisors Martha Grover Glenn Lightsey Jennifer Glass Worlds 2017 Nexus for Exoplanet System Science (NExSS), a NASA research coordination network dedicated to the study of planetary habitability, is pleased to announce a five-day workshop on Habitable Worlds 2017: A System Science Workshop, November 13–17, 2017 at the University of Wyoming Conference Center (UWCC) and Marian H. Rochelle Gateway Center (MHRGC) in Laramie, Wyoming. The field of exoplanets is currently at the cusp of a watershed moment in finding life on other worlds, propelled by the discoveries of habitable zone terrestrial planets in both ground and space-based surveys, and the potential for future telescopes to characterize the atmospheres of some of these rocky planets. Preparing for such a singular moment needs a diverse community, including Earth scientists, heliophysicists, planetary scientists, and astrophysicists. Following the goals of NExSS to investigate the diversity of exoplanets and to learn how their history, geology, and climate interact to create the conditions for life, and corresponding biosignature detection, the workshop aims to address these questions: What does it mean to be habitable? What conditions are needed for habitability and how do those conditions arise? What are the indicators of these conditions and their histories? How can we observe these indicators? "Click here for the official conference website": "Click here to watch the live webcast": 2017 2017 is the next in a series of conferences organized by the astrobiology community. The theme for AbSciCon 2017 is “Diverse Life and its Detection on Different Worlds.” Mars and icy worlds in our solar system are increasingly recognized as habitable, even as increasing numbers of exoplanets in their stars’ habitable zones have been discovered. The focus is shifting from identification of habitable worlds, to detection of life on them. <iframe width="492" height="277" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> Click "here": for the full conference program. Among other topics, the conference will address: Setting the Stage for Geochemistry Setting the Stage for Biochemistry Biomarkers of Life in Anaerobic Ecosystems and Different Evolutionary Stages Biomarkers of Anaerobic Ecosystems Biogeochemical Cycles on Water Worlds Near and Far Biosignatures on Exoplanets Preparing for Life Detection: Astrobiology Education and Public Outreach ELSI International Symposium VIEWS ON THE EMERGENCE OF THE BIOSPHERE <iframe width="492" height="277" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> The emergence of biosphere on Earth, and possibly elsewhere in the universe, remains one of the great unsolved scientific questions. Research into the origin and subsequent evolution of life takes place across an array of scientific disciplines, including but not limited to planetary sciences, astronomy, theoretical physics, chemistry and biology. The goal of the Symposium is to provide a forum for diverse perspectives and unify the fragmentary knowledge stemming from a single discipline. Accordingly, the program features talks and discussions aimed at understanding the nature of life, constraints of habitability, early Earth environments, systems chemistry, structure and attributes of early life. The Symposium will gather eminent investigators as well as provide opportunities for early-career scientists to present their findings in a poster format and exchange ideas in discussion sessions. More information can be found on the "official website": Workshop: Impact of Exoplanetary Space Weather on Climate & Habitability*A NASA Nexus for Exoplanet System Science (NExSS) Workshop Without Walls: November 29th – December 2nd, 2016. New Orleans, LA, and other virtual locations.* "Click here to RSVP if you wish to attend remotely to help us better organize this upcoming workshop. No commitment necessary!": "Click here for the latest agenda.": "Click here for information on how to participate remotely.": Organizers: Vladimir Airapetian (NASA GSFC), William Danchi (NASA GSFC) The landscape of exoplanetary science has changed considerably with the great success of the Kepler mission, which has discovered thousands of transit candidates and hundreds of confirmed exoplanets around K-M dwarf stars and a few planets within their Habitable Zones (HZs). How does the classic definition of the HZ relate to the conditions required for development and support of life as we know it within “biogenic zones”? Kepler also revealed thousands of superflares on hundreds of solar-type stars, which may suggest that host stars have profound effects on the physical and chemical evolution of exoplanetary atmospheres. What do we know about the impact of space weather on our own planet? How can we use lessons learned from the largest solar space weather events to understand how exoplanets are affected by their host stars? Stellar forcing in the form of XUV fluxes, winds, coronal mass ejections (CMEs) and associated energetic particle events (EPE) can have a dramatic effect on the histories of atmospheric loss, atmospheric chemistry, and climates that shape exoplanetary habitability. Thus, there is a need to perform sophisticated observations and develop theoretical models to characterize the forms of magnetic activity, their effects on exoplanetary space weather, and its effects on atmospheric dynamics, chemistry and habitability conditions. The assessment of the impacts of host stars on the climate and habitability of terrestrial (exo)planets may significantly modify the current definition of the habitable zone and provide new avenues for searching for signatures of life. The major goal of the workshop is to promote collaboration between NExSS team members and the broader U.S. and international communities, to discuss recent progress in interdisciplinary studies, and to develop a community roadmap that crosess the boundaries of space weather from the Sun to cool stars and investigates its impact on (exo)planetary climates. This will be achieved by bringing together scientists involved in related activities in the broader astrophysics, heliophysics and planetary science communities. Their perspectives of interrelations among space weather, climate and habitability conditions will be crucial in defining the boundaries of habitability of exoplanets around F to M dwarfs. The workshop will be open to community virtual participation via Adobe Connect. *The following key themes will be reviewed and discussed:* _How do solar and stellar explosive events and associated space weather (SW) form?_ _How can we search for SW signatures around cool dwarf stars at various phases of evolution?_ _What is the impact of space weather on the rate of atmospheric escape from magnetically shielded and unshielded (exo)planets?_ _What lessons on atmospheric escape rates can we learn from Earth, Mars and Venus?_ _How does space weather (XUV, particle radiation and interplanetary magnetic fields) affect water loss from (exo)planets?_ _How does space weather impact planetary chemistry and climates?_ _What are the SW effects imposed by cool stars on planetary surface habitability?_ _What are the SW imposed spectral signatures from (exo) planetary atmospheres?_ The major output of the workshop will be the development of three white papers (one per science topic) aimed at specifying a conceptual framework for the ways forward in theoretical modeling, chemical experiments, and in situ and remote observations of bio-signatures of life affected by SW. The outcome of such an interdisciplinary approach will become crucial in defining the candidates for habitable planets for upcoming exoplanetary missions including TESS and JWST and for a potential future direct imaging mission. Workshop: Requirements for Origin of Life Field Investigations*Invited Speakers* Laurie Barge Pablo Sobron Eugenio Simoncini Kirt Robinson Julyan Cartwright Jan Amend Blair Thornton (U Tokyo) Ken Takai (JAMSTEC) Roy Price Darlene Lim Adam Monroe "Workshop Website": | "Workshop Program": One objective of the NASA Astrobiology Institute's "Thermodynamics, Disequilibrium, Evolution" (TDE) focus group is to understand how geochemical disequilibria are generated and how these gradients could have been harnessed to drive early metabolic systems. Studies of different types of hydrothermal vent systems have revolutionized our understanding of how metabolism and energy conversion on Earth might have emerged from a geological setting, and also have advanced our knowledge of possible environments where life could exist on other wet rocky worlds. Past TDE workshops have advanced our knowledge of laboratory simulations and models of far-from-equilibrium systems relevant to the origin of life. To advance this knowledge even further and to prepare for the exploration of potential habitable environments on other worlds, there is a need for new, innovative in situ exploration technologies and analytical methods. The goals of this workshop are: to define laboratory and analytical requirements for simulating seafloor settings on early Earth and other worlds, and to identify new technologies and operational strategies for the in-situ exploration of energetically active field sites that may represent analogs for environments in which life emerged. The 3-day workshop will gather experts in planetary disequilibrium and origin of life, ocean sciences, experimental design and sensing technologies. 2016 atmospheres from Earth to exoplanets, M-dwarfs as host stars, M-dwarf planet atmospheres, direct imaging, hot Jupiters, aerosols and clouds, early Earth, surface-atmosphere interactions, volatile delivery and loss. <b><u>Archived Presentations:</u></b> *Monday, August 1st, 2016* Andy Ingersoll (Caltech) "[view presentation]": Jonathan Fortney (UC Santa Cruz) "[view presentation]": Ralph Lorenz (NASA GSFC) "[view presentation]": Heather Knutson (Caltech) "[view presentation]": Jayne Birkby (Harvard University) "[view presentation]": Y. Katherina Feng (UC Santa Cruz) "[view presentation]": Poster Flash Talks (Round 1) "[view presentations]": Beth Biller (University of Edinburgh) "[view presentation]": Sandy Leggett (Gemini University) "[view presentation]": Andrew Skemer (UC Santa Cruz) "[view presentation]": Benjamin Burningham (NASA Ames Research Center) "[view presentation]": Michael Liu (University of Hawaii) "[view presentation]": Yifan Zhou (University of Arizona) "[view presentation]": Theodora Karalidi (University of Arizona) "[view presentation]": Poster Flash Talks (Round 2) "[view presentations]": *Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016* Colin Goldblatt (University of Victoria) "[view presentation]": Jacob Haqq-Misra (Blue Marble Space Institute of Science) "[view presentation]": Robin Wordsworth (Harvard University) "[view presentation]": William B. Moore (Hampton University) "[view presentation]": Mark Jellinek (University of British Columbia) "[view presentation]": Zach Berta-Thompson (University of Colorado) "[view presentation]": Diana Dragomir (MIT) "[view presentation]": Antigona Segura (VPL, University of Washington) "[view presentation]": Evgenya Shkolnik (Arizona State University) "[view presentation]": Courtney Dressing (Caltech University) "[view presentation]": Matt Tilley (VPL, University of Washington) "[view presentation]": Allison Youngblood (University of Colorado, Boulder) "[view presentation]": *Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016* Ruth Murray-Clay (UC Santa Cruz) "[view presentation]": Patricio Cubillos (Space Research Institute) "[view presentation]": Eric D. Lopez (University of Edinburgh) "[view presentation]": Eric Gaidos (University of Hawaii, Manoa) "[view presentation]": Emily Rauscher (University of Michigan) "[view presentation]": Matteo Brogi (University of Colorado, Boulder) "[view presentation]": Thaddeus D. Komacek (University of Arizona) "[view presentation]": Nikole K. Lewis (Space Telescope Science Institute) "[view presentation]": Jérémy Leconte (Bordeaux Lab) "[view presentation]": Laura Kreidberg (Harvard University) "[view presentation]": Ashlee N. Wilkins (University of Maryland) "[view presentation]": Enric Palle (Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias) "[view presentation]": *Thursday, August 4th, 2016* Vivien Parmentier (University of Arizona) "[view presentation]": Peter Gao (Caltech University) "[view presentation]": Ian Dobbs-Dixon (NYU, Abu Dhabi) "[view presentation]": Benjamin Charnay (University of Washington) "[view presentation]": Marcelino Agundez (Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Madrid) "[view presentation]": Pascal Tremblin (CEA Saclay) "[view presentation]": Eliza Kempton (Grinnell College) "[view presentation]": Kevin Stevenson (University of Chicago) "[view presentation]": Hannah Wakeford (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center) "[view presentation]": Sarah Hörst (Johns Hopkins University) "[view presentation]": Jeremy Bailey (UNSW Australia) "[view presentation]": Brian Jackson (Boise State University) "[view presentation]": Joanna Barstow (UCL, UK) "[view presentation]": <b><u>Archived Posters:</u></b> David S. Amundsen (Columbia University) "[view poster]": Pierre Auclair-Desrotour (Observatoire de Paris) "[view poster]": Jean-Loup Baudino (Observatoire de Paris) "[view poster]": Jasmina Blecic (New York University) "[view poster]": Ryan Challener (University of Central Florida) "[view poster]": Emerson DeLarme (University of Central Florida) "[view poster]": Hannah Diamond-Lowe (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics) "[view poster]": Tom Evans (University of Exeter) "[view poster]": Andrew Foster (University of Central Florida) "[view poster]": Jonathan Fraine (Steward Observatory) "[view poster]": Sébastien Fromang (Service d’Astrophysique, CEA-Saclay, France) "[view poster]": Justin Garland (University of Central Florida) "[view poster]": Joe Harrington (University of Central Florida) "[view poster]": Gabriella Hodosan (University of St Andrews) "[view poster]": Alex R. Howe (Princeton University) "[view poster]": Catherine M. Huitson (University of Colorado) "[view poster]": Alexandria Johnson (MIT) "[view poster]": Manoj Joshi (University of East Anglia) "[view poster]": Lucyna Kedziora-Chudczer (University of New South Wales) "[view poster]": Andrew Lincowski (University of Washington) "[view poster]": Roxana Lupu (BAERI/NASA Ames Research Center) "[view poster]": L.C. Mayorga (New Mexico State University) "[view poster]": Kathleen McIntyre (University of Central Florida) "[view poster]": Sarah McKenzie-Picot (McMaster University) "[view poster]": J.M. Mendonca (University of Bern) "[view poster]": Sarah Peacock (University of Arizona) "[view poster]": Ramses Ramirez (Carl Sagan Institute) "[view poster]": A. R. Ridden-Harper (Leiden Observatory) "[view poster]": Mike Roman (University of Michigan) "[view poster]": Everett Schlawin (Steward Observatory) "[view poster]": Joel C. Schwartz (Northwestern University) "[view poster]": Aomawa L. Shields (UC Irvine/UCLA) "[view poster]": Rehan Siddiqui (York University) "[view poster]": J. J. Spake (University of Exeter) "[view poster]": Ian Wong (Caltech University) "[view poster]": *Invited Speakers:* Juno First Results – Andy Ingersoll (Caltech) Directly Imaged Exoplanets – Beth Biller (University of Edinburgh) Nitrogen, water, and habitability – Colin Goldblatt (University of Victoria) Tectonics and volatile cycling – Mark Jellinek (University of British Columbia) Planetary Atmospheres Under M-Dwarf Irradiation – Antigona Segura (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México) Atmospheric Mass Loss – Ruth Murray-Clay (UC Santa Barbara) Dynamics on Slow vs. Fast Rotators – Emily Rauscher (University of Michigan) Climate on Eccentric Planets – Nikole Lewis (Space Telescope Science Institute) Clouds, Microphysics, and Dynamics – Csaba Palotai (Florida Tech) Disequilibrium Chemistry – Marcelino Agundez (Université de Bordeaux) Hazes: Modeling vs. Reality – Sarah Horst (Johns Hopkins University) ExoClimes 2016 Organisers: Nick Cowan (McGill University, co-chair) David Sing (University of Exeter, co-chair) Jim Davenport (Western Washington University) Ian Dobbs-Dixon (NYU Abu Dhabi) Joe Harrington (University of Central Florida) Frederic Pont (University of Exeter) Joel Schwartz (Northwestern University) Paul A. Wilson (Institut d’Astrophysique de Paris, webmaster) ExoClimes 2016 Scientific Committee: Daniel Apai (University of Arizona) Beth Biller (University of Edinburgh) Jonathan Fortney (UC Santa Cruz) Colin Goldblatt (University of Victoria) Joe Harrington (University of Central Florida, chair) Suzanne Hawley (University of Washington) Lisa Kaltenegger (Cornell) Heather Knutson (Caltech) Adrian Lenardic (Rice University) Victoria Meadows (University of Washington) Julianne Moses (Space Science Institute) Ruth Murray-Clay (UC Santa Barbara) Ray Pierrehumbert (Oxford) Adam Showman (University of Arizona) ExoClimes Steering Committee: Frederic Pont (University of Exeter) Nick Cowan (McGill University) Joe Harrington (University of Central Florida) Atmospheres and Habitability: Thermodynamics, Disequilibrium and Evolution click "here": for the conference agenda. The aim of the workshop is to discuss about chemical disequilibrium and its link to planetary habitability. In particular, the Thermodynamics, Disequilibrium and Evolution focus group seeks to understand how disequilibria are generated in geological / chemical / biological systems, and how these disequilibria can lead to emergent phenomena, such as self-organization and eventually, metabolism. The prospects for planetary atmosphere characterization are excellent with access to large an amount of data for different kind of stars either with ground- or space-based telescopes supported by accurate modeling of the atmospheric compositions and their corresponding spectra. In particular for many discovered exoplanets (hot and gaseous), a large chemical disequilibrium in the atmosphere has been observed, due to the high vertical temperature gradient. Several new studies are now comparing this of vertical-mixing driven disequilibrium with the chemical disequilibrium characterizing the atmosphere of planet Earth, which is mainly due to the presence of life. However, present research on exoplanet's atmospheric disequilibrium is focused on a very small number of compounds (CH4, CO, CO2, H2O), lacking for a generalized and wider methodology. In this workshop we plan to enlarge these studies to a joint effort between the thermodynamics of habitable conditions to the exoplanetary atmospheres. The workshop at the Observatory of Côte d'Azur (OCA) is the main opportunity in Europe in 2015 to discuss about the connection between planetary habitability and its atmospheric disequilibrium, through the use of some thermodynamic functions. OCA has a long tradition in the field of theoretical planetology. The reasearch are focused on the detection and study of extra-solar planets, protoplanetary disks, and on the formation and evolution of planetary systems. This will ensure an excellent context for local exchanges. Three principal topics will be tackled during the workshop: 1. Icy moons, icy planets and the conditions for the emergence of life. 2. The modeling and observations of exoplanetary atmospheres: chemistry and physics. 3. The chemical disequilibrium in planetary atmospheres: from hot Jupiters to habitable planets. The Thermodynamic, Disequilibrium and Evolution (TDE) Focus Group is a NASA Astrobiology Institute (NAI) sponsored project aimed to make researchers meet and discuss on the thermodynamic requirements of life emergence and planetary habitability. In particular, since its set up in 2011, the TDE helped in bridging the gap between researchers working on the theory and experimental aspects of the Origin of Life and astronomers. It provided a thermodynamic discussion board for planning future space missions and deciding on future targets for the search for habitability. The TDE concentrates on the entropy and energy requirements for life and planets and how they inform our selection of potentially habitable planets and environments in the cosmos. The TDE page on the "NAI website": The TDE Focus Group meets twice per year. Since its establishment in 2011, there have been six workshops: Madrid (Spain), Florence (Italy), Atlanta (USA), Granada (Spain), Phoenix (USA), Florence again, Campinas (Brazil) and Tokyo (Japan). 2015 Astrobiology Science Conference 2015 (AbSciCon 2015) is the next in a series of conferences organized by the astrobiology community. The conference convened scientists from all over the world who work in the interdisciplinary field of astrobiology — the study of the origin, evolution, distribution, and future of life in the universe — to report on research findings and plan future endeavors. The theme for AbSciCon 2015 was “Habitability, Habitable Worlds, and Life.” Please check "AbSciCon's website": for more details. *Monday, June 15th* Plenary Sessions: 8:00 a.m. "Opening Remarks": 8:15 a.m. _The Deep History of a Carbon Atom_ "Michael Callahan": "Andrew Steele": "Karen Meech": 9:15 a.m. _Sustained Habitability on a Dynamic Early Earth_ "James Kasting": "Panel Discussion": 10:30 a.m. _The Beginning and End of the RNA World from the Perspective of Ribosome Origins_ "Harold Bernhardt": "James Stephenson": "Anton Petrov": "G. Caetano-Anolles": "Loren Williams": "George Fox": "Anthony Poole": 1:45 p.m. _Major Transitions in Evolution: Catalysts and Constraints I: Inference from Natural Systems_ "Teresa Fornaro": "Eric Boyd": "Dawn Sumner": "Zachary Adam": "Laura Landweber": "R. Michod": "Zach Grochau-Wright": "Cristian Solari": 4:00 p.m. _Major Transitions in Evolution: Catalysts and Constraints II: Studying De Novo Complexity_ "Paul Higgs": "Margie Kinnersley": "Matt Herron": "William Ratcliff": "Jennifer Pentz": "Peter Conlin": "Eric Libby": *Tuesday, June 16th* Plenary Sessions: 8:00 a.m. _Real Life or Fantasy: Biosignatures or Abiosignatures in Astrobiology_ "Abigail Allwood": "Shawn Domagal-Goldman": "Panel Discussion": 9:15 a.m. "Nicholas Hud": "Rachel Whitaker": 10:30 a.m. _Habitability of Extraterrestrial Analog Environments I_ "Jan Amend": "F. Puente-Sanchez": "Sean Mullin": "Michael Malaska": "S. Payler": "Frederic Gaboyer": "Jennifer Glass": "Ken Takai": Salon A5 Sessions: 4:00 p.m. _Habitability of Extraterrestrial Analog Environments III_ "Petra Schwendner": "Petra Rettberg": "Navita Sinha": "Lucy Stewart": "Shannon Bales": "Si Sun": "Rosalba Bonaccorsi": "E.Z. Noe Dobrea": *Wednesday, June 17th* Plenary Sessions: 8:00 a.m. _Understanding and Recognizing Exoplanet Habitability_ "Rory Barnes": "Victoria Meadows": 9:15 a.m. _Addressing Challenges in Public Engagement: A Community Conversation_ "Sanjoy Som": "Grasshopper Illangkoon": "Loren Williams": "Michael Ceballos": "Panel Discussion": 10:15 a.m. _Honoring Those We Have Lost_ <iframe width="560" height="315" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> "Memorial Session": 11:30 a.m. _The Habitability of Icy Worlds I_ "Morgan Cable": "N.E. Bramall": "W.C. Stone": "Dale Winebrenner": 1:45 p.m. _The Habitability of Icy Worlds II_ "Britney Schmidt": "Sandra Ramirez": "Brent Christner": "Steve Vance": "Marcio de Avellar": "Mark Fries": "Mark Skidmore": "D.A. Patthoff": Salon A5 Sessions: 4:00 p.m. _Radiation and Habitability: Friends or Foes? III_ "John Cooper": "Sarah Rugheimer": "Henry Sun": "Sukrit Ranjan": "Orcun Kalkan": "Antigona Segura": *Thursday, June 18th* Plenary Sessions: 8:00 a.m. _Planets in Perspective: Where's the Energy?_ "Panel Discussion": 9:15 a.m. _Seeking Astrobiology Input to Mars 2020 Landing Site Selection_ "Panel Discussion": 10:30 a.m. _Martian Habitability as Informed by Past and Ongoing Orbital, Lander, and Rover Missions_ "Kevin Zahnle": "Paul Mahaffy": "C. Freissinet": "Katherine Bywaters": "Richard Leveille": "Jack Farmer": "Briony Horgan": "Geronimo Villanueva": Salon A5 Sessions: 1:45 p.m. _Mission to Early Earth: Co-Evolving Archean and Proterozoic Oceans, Atmospheres, and Life II_ "Nathan Sheldon": "Brian Kendall": "Bill Bottke": "Genming Luo": "Stephanie Olson": "Charles Diamond": "Alex Zumberge": 4:00 p.m. _Mission to Early Earth: Co-Evolving Archean and Proterozoic Oceans, Atmospheres, and Life III_ "Lennart van Maldegem": "Carina Lee": "Dalton Hardisty": "Giada Arney": "Leanne Hancock": "Linda Sohl": "Niki Parenteau": "Feifei Zhang": *Friday, June 19th* Salon A5 Sessions: 8:10 a.m. _Co-Evolution of Compartmentalization, Metabolism, and Informational Polymers I_ "Andrew Bissette": "Rebecca MacLeod": "Chenyu Wei": "Roy Black": "Bruce Damer": "David Summers": "Andrew Pohorille": "Anders Albertsen":