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Habitats beyond Earth

Date:
18 - 21 October 2021
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Event type:
Conference, Virtual event
Organised by:
Geological Society Events, 2021 Year of Space
Venue:
Virtual event
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REGISTRATION OPEN SOON


Astrobiology Society of Britain virtual conference “Habitats beyond Earth” will bring members of the geology, astrobiology & geobiology, astrochemistry & geochemistry, planetary atmospheres, physics, astronomy, remote-sensing, and exoplanet science communities together to explore the environmental factors necessary for supporting life on early Earth and on other planets.

We aim to encourage discussion and collaboration between attendees from different disciplines, therefore, the conference has three main themes:

Theme 1: How to discover (and characterise) candidate planets or moons

Space and ground-based instruments allow scientists to probe the atmospheres and surfaces of potentially habitable exoplanets and document their properties. This theme will invite discussion of exoplanetary observation techniques, our current understanding of exoplanetary biosignatures, how exoplanets are classified in terms of their habitability, and more. Involves the disciplines of cosmochemistry, astronomy, astrophysics, exoplanetary science.

Theme 2: How to build a habitable environment

Understanding Earth’s biosphere is key in the search for life elsewhere. This theme will explore the combination of factors that allowed life to develop on early Earth and if similar conditions or processes could take place on other planetary bodies. It will cover experimental techniques, analogue studies, meteoritics, and more. Involves the disciplines of astrochemistry & geochemistry, geology, astrobiology & geobiology.

Theme 3: Current missions and the search for life

This theme will encourage discussion of current and future surface exploration missions to planetary bodies. We invite new results from active Mars missions (NASA MSL, Insight) and discussion of instruments and mission preparatory studies (NASA Mars2020, ESA ExoMars 2022, NASA Dragonfly, NASA + ESA Mars sample return). Involves the fields of geology, remote-sensing, planetary science, astrobiology & geobiology, astrochemistry & geochemistry, engineering.

Public Events

An “Astrobiology in Literature” event will be hosted by The St Andrews Centre for Exoplanet Science (StACES). At the time of registration, attendees are invited submit the name of their favourite science-fiction book. The panel will preselect several entries and discuss how scientifically realistic each fictional environment/setting is for hosting the life described in the book while taking questions.

Habitats beyond Earth will also livestream a virtual fieldtrip to showcase Scottish geology – attendees and members of the public with an interest in geology are welcome to attend.

A Missions panel event will showcase UK scientists working on active space missions. Scientists will discuss what it’s like to work on a mission and how to become involved in mission science.

Registration

Registration for this conference will open 9.00 BST on 3 May 2021 and closes 5.00 BST on 17 October 2021.

Registration Rates

General registration: £10, includes 1 years’ membership to the Astrobiology Society of Britain.

Abstract Submission

We invite oral and poster abstract submissions for this meeting from UK and international attendees. Abstract submission opens 9.00 BST 3 May 2021 and closes 17.00 BST 3 September 2021. Abstracts should contain a maximum of 400 words, please fill out this form.

Please indicate at abstract submission if you would like to be considered for the Early Career Researcher Keynote Prize. The winning entry will be awarded a keynote talk at the conference. You are eligible to apply for this prize if you do not yet hold a full-time, permanent academic post.

If you are not certain your research area fits within the conference themes, please email the convenor contact who will be happy to advise you.

Venue

This conference will be virtual.

Contact

Please contact conference@geolsoc.org.uk with any enquiries.

Convenor contact:

Dr. Elyse Allender ea63@st-andrews.ac.uk


Registration rates

£ 10.00

Geolsoc Contact

Conference Office

The Geological Society
Burlington House
Piccadilly
W1J 0BG