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The 2019 Astrobiology Science Conference will be held in Seattle, Washington, from June 24-28, 2019.AbSciCon 2019
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Oct. 29, 2018
Program News

The Search for Life Near and Far

Submit a Session Proposal for AbSciCon 2019 by Nov 6, 2018

The Search for Life Near and Far

AbSciCon 2019 is the next conference in a series organized by the astrobiology community. This year’s theme is Understanding and Enabling the Search for Life on Worlds Near and Far. Future missions and observations will aim to further our understanding of diverse planetary environments while fundamental research on the origin and evolution of life on Earth drives our understanding of how life may operate elsewhere.

The 2019 Astrobiology Science Conference will be held in Seattle, Washington, from June 24-28, 2019.
The 2019 Astrobiology Science Conference will be held in Seattle, Washington, from June 24-28, 2019.Image credit: AbSciCon 2019.

Session proposal topics are encouraged to span a broad array of topics with strong interdisciplinary themes that address new and emerging areas of research. The session proposal deadline has been extended to November 6, 2018.

Links:
SUBMIT A PROPOSAL
PROPOSALGUIDELINES

A view of the Seattle Skyline.
A view of the Seattle Skyline.Image credit: Aaron Gronstal.

Among other topics, AbSciCon 2019 will address the following:

  • Star-planet-planetary system interactions and habitability
  • Alternative and agnostic biosignatures
  • Understanding the environments of early Earth
  • Evidence for early life on Earth
  • Subsurface habitability and life
  • Ocean worlds near and far
  • Characterizing habitable zone exoplanets
  • Transition of prebiotic chemistry to biology
  • Energy sources and metabolic pathways in the environment
  • Terrestrial planets orbiting M dwarfs
  • Note also that the conference science themes are provided as very broad guidelines, and session proposals that don’t fit into those themes are still very welcome.