October 2018 Issue

In this issue:

Conferences, Field Trips and Workshops

Student and Early Career Opportunities

Conferences, Field Trips and Workshops


IV Congreso Internacional de Astrobiologia

Location: Lima, Peru
Registration Open

The Fourth International Conference on Astrobiology (IV ICBA) is one of the most important international events of astrobiology which brings together the leading researchers in the field. This event is held in Peru for the first time, a country with an ancient culture and gastronomy recognized worldwide, and is organized by the Peruvian Association of astrobiology, the National University of San Marcos, and Astrobiology Institute Colombia.

The event will take place from October 25-27, 2018 and will end with a field trip to the ancient pre-Columbian city of Caral.

Website: https://ivciab.com/


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4th NoR HGT & LUCA Conference: Molecules to Microbes

Location: Athens, Greece
Registration Open

There are many laboratories specifically researching the question of the origin of life on Earth: equally there is large amount of research, not necessarily directly involved in answering the posed question which may well be able to contribute something to the sum of our knowledge. It is from this position that the Network of Researchers on Horizontal Gene Transfer & Last Universal Common Ancestor (NoR HGT & LUCA) has been established, with the aim of kick-starting debate so that the issues surrounding LUCA genetics can be examined and new discoveries promoted by a wide and diverse array of experts. Our regular meetings and workshops will ensure that research and ideas from all spheres of interest in HGT and LUCA can be aired and shared.

The fourth NoR HGT & LUCA conference, Molecules to Microbes, takes place November 5-6, 2018.

Website: http://www.nor-hgt-luca.com/Conference-2018-.html


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AGU 2018 Session P046: “The New Mars Underground”: Science and Exploration of a New Deep Frontier"

Location: Washington DC
Abstract Submission Closed

Session ID: 51671

The Martian underground within a depth of a few miles is of enormous interest for planetary sciences. But so far, studies and exploration of Mars’ subsurface have taken a back seat to exploration of its surface. This is now changing with the imminent Mars InSight (NASA) & ExoMars (ESA) missions, Mars Sample Return calling for a deeper understanding of the shallow Mars subsurface, plans for human exploration, and as better technical capabilities and scientific understanding finally enable accessing the Mars underground. We seek contributions that encompass the nature and diversity of Mars crustal subsurface environments (modeling, experiments, observations) or the tools for exploring them (sounding, drilling, cave explorer robotics, in situ analysis techniques). Broad themes are related to the distribution/cycling of subsurface water (ice/liquid), brines and other volatiles, the astrobiological (extinct or extant life) and ISRU potential of Mars’ subsurface, and the technologies and mission concepts that enable such exploration.

Submit abstracts before August 1, 2018, 11:59 PM EDT to: https://agu.confex.com/agu/fm18/prelim.cgi/Session/51671

Conveners: Vlada Stamenkovic (JPL), Penny Boston (NASA AMES), Bob Grimm (SwRI), and Kris Zacny (Honeybee Robotics)
Section/Focus Group: Planetary Sciences
Co-organized Sessions: (B) Biogeosciences, (BS) Near-surface Geophysics.
Cross-Listing: (B) Biogeosciences, (H) Hydrology, (C) Cryosphere, (NS) Near-surface Geophysics.


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2018 AGU Fall Meeting

Location: Washington DC
Registration Open

The American Geophysical Union (AGU) 2018 Fall Meeting, December 10-14, 2018, will mark another dynamic year of discovery in Earth and space science, serve as the advent of AGU’s Centennial year, and provide a special opportunity to share our science with world leaders in Washington, D.C. As the largest Earth and space science gathering in the world, the Fall Meeting places you in the center of a global community of scientists drawn from myriad fields of study whose work protects the health and welfare of people worldwide, spurs innovation, and informs decisions that are critical to the sustainability of the Earth.

AGU attendees will connect with leading thinkers, learn about pioneering research and emerging trends, and use your voice to help drive science’s positive impact on the world.

Website: https://fallmeeting.agu.org/2017/future-meetings/


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New Quests in Stellar Astrophysics IV: Astrochemistry, Astrobiology and the Origin of Life

Location: Puerto Vallarta, MX

This is the fourth of the “New Quests in Stellar Astrophysics” meeting series aimed at stressing the importance of stellar physics to understand the properties of stars, their progeny and stellar systems at different scales. The meeting takes place March 31-April 5, 2019.

Topics: – Chemical networks in star formation to form complex (prebiotic) molecules, deuterium enrichment. – Astrochemistry of young and mature star+disk systems. – Prospects for exoplanet characterization: detection methods, observational probes, multi-wavelength observations and the search for biomarkers. – Exoplanetary theoretical models: interiors, magnetic fields, atmospheres, geochemistry. – Habitability of exo-worlds: space weather, time domain, dynamics and chemistry. – Scenarios on the emergence of life on Earth. – Space exploration and observations from the ground of solar system objects of astrobiological interest (Rosetta, Cassini, IRAM, ALMA, GTM, JWST, WSO, etc.). – Historical, societal aspects and education in astrobiology.

Website: https://www.inaoep.mx/~puerto19/


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2nd International Conference on Astronomy, Astrophysics and Astrobiology

Location: Auckland, NZ
Abstract Submission Open

The 2nd International Conference on Astronomy, Astrophysics and Astrobiology, April 4-6, 2019, will feature a highly reciprocated, adrenalizing and multifaceted program including workshops, plenary sessions as well as oral abstract and poster sessions. Under the theme of ‘Bridging the gap between Humans, Earth and Space’ the meeting will address the entire patient pathway and look beyond the scientific topics alone.

Website: https://astronomy.conferenceseries.com/


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From Stars to Planets II

Location: Gothenburg, Sweden

Star formation, planet formation, astrochemistry and exoplanet studies are undergoing rapid, revolutionary advances. The June 17-20, 2019 conference aims to bring together researchers in these fields, especially to explore and develop new connections. The scientific scope of the meeting will include: – Molecular Clouds and Star Formation in the Milky Way – Star Cluster Formation and Evolution – Pre-stellar and Protostellar Cores – Protostellar and Protoplanetary Disks – Planet Formation – Astrochemistry of Star and Planet Forming Regions and Exoplanets – Exoplanet Properties and Evolution – Formation and Evolution of the Solar System

Website: http://cosmicorigins.space/fstpii


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Ninth International Conference on Mars

Location: Pasadena, CA

The Ninth International Conference on Mars takes place Juy 22-26, 2019. In addition to discussing science results from past and active robotic missions, telescopic studies, laboratory analyses of SNC meteorites, terrestrial analog studies, and numerical models, the conference will provide exploration of new geophysical understanding gained from the InSight mission and a review of objectives for several spacecraft scheduled for launch in 2020 from public, private, and international institutions.

For questions, please contact either Kira Honnoll (khonnoll@hou.usra.edu) or James Ashley (james.w.ashley@jpl.nasa.gov).

Website: https://www.hou.usra.edu/meetings/ninthmars2019/


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Extreme Solar System IV

Location: Reykjavik, Iceland

Extreme Solar System IV from August 19-23, 2019, the fourth in a series that began in 2007 (Santorini meeting on Extreme Solar Systems, followed by ExSS II in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, in 2011, and ExSS III in Hawaii, in 2015) will cover all aspects of research on exoplanets. It will take place at the Harpa Center in Reykjavik, Iceland.

Website: https://sites.northwestern.edu/iceland2019/#


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4th COSPAR Symposium

Location: Herzliya, Israel
Abstract Submission Deadline: 15 April 2019

The Committee on Space Research (COSPAR) was established by ICSU, now the International Science Council (ISC), in 1958. Among COSPAR’s objectives are the promotion of scientific research in space on an international level, with emphasis on the free exchange of results, information, and opinions, and providing a forum, open to all scientists, for the discussion of problems that may affect space research. These objectives are achieved through the organization of symposia, publication, and other means.

The 4th COSPAR Symposium will November 4-8, 2019.

Website: http://www.cospar2019.org/


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Seventh International Conference on Mars Polar Science and Exploration

Location: Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina

The Seventh International Conference on Mars Polar Science and Exploration, January 13–17, 2020 at Centro Austral de Investigaciones Cientificas (CADIC), is the latest in a continuing series of conferences intended to promote the exchange of knowledge and ideas regarding the polar regions of Mars. This group is international and interdisciplinary, and we welcome any interested scientist with relevant theoretical, experimental, or field experience.

The conference is designed to highlight and define the current state of Mars polar research, pulling together expertise from many fields, including geology, atmospheric science, and climate science.

Website: https://www.hou.usra.edu/meetings/marspolar2020/


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43rd COSPAR Scientific Assembly

Location: Sydney, Australia
Abstract Submission Opens: 19 August 2019

Each biennial COSPAR Scientific Assembly is notable for the major new discoveries that are announced and discussed from across the large scientific landscape that is encompassed by COSPAR.

Sydney, Australia, is one of the world’s most picturesque cities. Surrounded by a majestic Harbour and scattered with beaches, national parks and green areas, this is a city that entices you to explore. The majestic Sydney Harbour is best experienced by travelling on one of the many ferries or water taxis. Sydney is rich in history and it is recommended to lose yourself in the cobbled streets of the Rocks district and learn about the area’s rich heritage at one of the cities fantastic cultural institutions.

Website: http://www.cospar2020.org/


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Student and Early Career Opportunities


2nd GeoPlaNet Thematic School - Fluid-Rock Interactions in the Solar System

Location: Nantes, France
Registration Closed

This high-level training program in Planetary Geosciences, from November 12-16, 2018, will cover various aspects of these interactions through physics, chemistry, mineralogy, petrology, tectonics, geomorphology and sedimentology. In addition to reporting on and comparing the most recent results derived from space missions in the Solar System and observations on the Earth, the school will train participants in various techniques for observing, analysing, experimenting and modelling the compositional and morphological aspects of fluid-rock interactions on all solid bodies of the Solar System. The school will include lectures and practicals, as well as poster presentations by attendees. It will be organised along two themes:

Theme 1- Fluid-rock interactions on planetary surfaces
Theme 2 – Fluid-rock interactions in planetary interiors

Website: https://lpg-umr6112.fr/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1361&Itemid=165&lang=fr


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