Upcoming Astrobiology Conferences
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- RED School 2024
2024-03-17 to 2024-03-23, Le Teich (France)
The RED School will take place in Le Teich (France) from March 17 to 23, 2024. Its aim is to offer interdisciplinary training in astrobiology to students and young scientists with a Master´s degree in astronomy, planetology, geology, chemistry, biology, or the history and philosophy of science.
Thanks to the support of the school´s partners, we will be able to cover almost all registration costs. Participants will only have to pay for their own transport.
- Kavli-IAU Symposium (IAUS 387): (Toward) Discovery of Life Beyond Earth and its Impact
2024-04-15 to 2024-04-19, Durham, UK
From our origins, humans have been inspired by pinpoints of light in the night sky. They cause us to wonder about our existence. Who are we? What are we doing here? Where did we come from? And, where are we going? The physicist Enrico Fermi famously asked “Where is everybody?” Thinking life must arise with some regularity, he marveled that we saw no evidence of it among the stars – the Fermi Paradox. Despite impressive investment and activity in space exploration over the years, the question remains unanswered.
Until 1995, the only known planets orbited our Sun. Now we have evidence for over 5,000 exoplanets orbiting other stars, and we expect to find hundreds of billions more, at least one for every pinpoint of light. In the 1960s, Frank Drake began a search for radio signals, capable of crossing the interstellar distances. Advances in astronomy and computing have expanded that search, resulting in a much wider survey of the sky and allowing citizens to participate in SETI, the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence. The space age also brought opportunities to explore our own Solar System with more powerful telescopes and sophisticated space probes. Planetary atmospheres can now be interrogated, near and far, for the signs of life. A new era of exploration has begun, rich in data derived from these new technologies. We can search the universe, looking for life and, in the process, learning more about our ourselves, our planet, our species, and perhaps our significance.
This decade sees a once-in-a-lifetime investment of both capital and labour into the ‘Search for Life Beyond Earth.’ Research communities, governments and philanthropists alike are set to explore. NASA’s Apollo program showed that sufficient commitment of resources can lead to breakthroughs. Their progress, culminating in the Moon landing, inspired many to become astronomers. Both NASA and ESA have active and planned missions focused on the detection and characterisation of exoplanets. Most large observatories have invested in planetary astronomy and “Big Data” approaches, including the upcoming Legacy Survey of Space and Time (LSST) at the Vera C. Rubin observatory and the radio Square Kilometer Array (SKA). Meanwhile, new Machine Learning (ML) algorithms will make the search for technosignatures feasible at scale.
We still do not know if there is life beyond Earth or how probable it may be. But if it exists, we might find it (or it us) as early as tomorrow. And, there or not, found or not, the search itself has a profound impact on humanity. What would it mean for our civilisation, if we do find something? Will it improve our lives or threaten our very existence? Beyond science, the ‘Search for Life Beyond Earth’ raises complex questions of policy, law, philosophy, and theology. It challenges us to think critically about life as a category and as a thing of value.
We are not prepared for a discovery. We need to bring together diverse expertise to plan how we will assess evidence and communicate what we know (and don’t know) with the public. We should plan early, setting out impact assessments, protocols, procedures and treaties that allow us to act responsibly as individuals and communities and as a species. Any outcome will have to be presented to ‘Planet Earth.’ So great a task will challenge established scientific hierarchies and media and bring about new ways of public engagement.
In-person registration: 2024-03-15
Virtual registration: 2024-03-31
- Society for Social and Conceptual Issues in Astrobiology (SSoCIA)
2024-06-23 to 2024-06-25, Kiruna, Sweden
The Society for Social and Conceptual Issues in Astrobiology (SSoCIA) will hold its fifth biennial meeting June 23-25, 2024 in Kiruna, Sweden. SSoCIA is an international and highly interdisciplinary group of scholars and other experts dedicated to investigation of the many social, cultural, and conceptual issues surrounding humanity’s future in space. For our 2024 meeting, we welcome submissions addressing any of the many “broader questions” in astrobiology and space exploration.
Previous presentations have included:
• Should there be private property in space?
• Is human colonization of other worlds morally permissible?
• Should we attempt to contact extraterrestrial intelligence (METI)?
• What does “pollution” mean in the context of a lifeless world?
• What is “life”?
• What moral obligations might we have towards extraterrestrials?
• How can we overcome problems inherent in interspecies communication?
• What would be the religious significance of a “second genesis”?
• How should off world colonies be governed?
• Is the prime directive an appropriate ethical principle to use for first contact?
• How do our attitudes towards space reflect unexamined cultural tropes?
• How can we use astrobiology to further science education?
This year, we are very fortunate to have an excellent keynote speaker in Dr. Tony Milligan.
Abstract submission: 2024-06-01
- 45th COSPAR Scientific Assembly 2024
2024-07-13 to 2024-07-21, Busan, South Korea
The 45th COSPAR Scientific Assembly in Busan, Korea, July 13 – 21. COSPAR 2024 will bring together approximately 3000 scientists and engineers from the all over the world to present the latest results in 153 symposia covering all areas of space science from space life sciences to space exploration and offering also interesting opportunities for students and young scientists to get a general overview about space research and to start networking.
Early Registration Deadline: 2024-05-03
- EANA 2024
2024-09-03 to 2024-09-06, Graz, Austria
After a very successful EANA2023 in Madrid, we are happy to announce that EANA2024 will take place from September 3rd to 6th 2024 in Graz, Austria. It will be hosted by the Space Research Institute (IWF) of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (OeAW) in cooperation with the Technische Universität Graz. The venue will be the "Alte Technik", which was the original building of the new Imperial and Royal Technical College built in the 1880s.
Please, mark the first week of September 2024 in your calendar! Further information and details will follow within the next months.