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AbGradE Joint-Conference 2017

During the summer of 2017, we had our first joint Astrobiology early career scientists conference together with the European Astrobiology Campus in cooperation with COST Action TD1308 “Origins and Evolution of Life on Earth and in the Universe”, the Nordic Network of Astrobiology and Tartu University.

The conference started with a welcome barbecue on the 7th of August. The conference itself consisted of two and a half days of scientific sessions, including nine keynote lectures, 13 talks by early-career scientists, and 8 poster contributions. Keynote lectures were given by a balanced mix of early-, middle- and late-career scientists, working in the different specialities of the interdisciplinary field of astrobiology. In total, 39 participants from 13 countries attended this conference, contributing to making it a great success.

Besides the great scientific program, we also had the chance to explore the gorgeous city of Tartu by having a guided walking tour in the afternoon of August 9th. In the evening, we had our authentic Estonian conference dinner at the famous restaurant Püssirohukelder (“Gunpowder Cellar”).

Special thanks to our local organizing committee around Riho Mõtlep and of course to the main organizer, Wolf Geppert, without whom this great conference wouldn’t have been possible.