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AbGradE 2020

Due to the ongoing COVID pandemic, AbGradE has been forced to cancel in-person meetings for 2020. Nonetheless, this does not mean that interactions amongst European astrobiologists have been cancelled - we are pleased to announce that we will hold a “Virtual AbGradE 2020” on 26th August, 2020, immediately preceding the virtual EANA 2020 meeting.

The AbGradE meeting will include keynote and contributed talks. The idea behind “Virtual AbGradE 2020” is to show that the Astrobiology research family is still vibrant and motivated despite the COVID‑19 pandemic. This meeting should give Early Career Astrobiologists the chance to get a glimpse into the scientific world and to discover where Astrobiology is taught, both as academic course or (online) schools, where it is performed, and where young scientists could take their first steps. For that reason, key note speakers of various European and global institutions are invited, who will give an overview about their program and Early Career opportunities. See the schedule below for further information.

Time (CEST)SpeakerTopic
09:00Karen Olsson-FrancisOU Astrobiology (UK)
09:40Elias ChatzitheodoridisGreece & Co
10:35Irene BonatiELSI (Japan)
11:15Bonnie TeeceAustralian Centre for Astrobiology
11:55Kristin Johnson/Tony JiaAbGradCon
13:30Wolf GeppertEuropean Astrobiology Institute (EAI)
14:10Jessica FlahautMars analogues (Atacama Desert) and ExoMars mission
14:50Nicol CaplinESA
15:45Jacob Haqq-Misra or Sanjay SomBlue Marble Space Institute
16:25Laura RodriguezNASA JPL
17:05Hervé CottinFrench Astrobiology Society (SFE)
17:45Marc NeveuNASA Astrobiology

We hope that the virtual nature of this meeting will allow many of our colleagues from around the world to join us. Abstract submission and registration are now closed. For the meeting, the videoconferencing application Cisco Webex will be used. All registered participants will receive an Email with the login data in due time (latest 1-2 days before the meeting).

In case of questions please write an e-mail to Due to the high number of already registered participants, confirmations via email and replies may take some days. In addition, please check our Facebook and Twitter (@abgradeurope) account for any news related to the meeting.

We very much hope that you will able to join us in cyberspace for “Virtual AbGradE 2020”!

Your AbGradE Committee