Applications to attend AbGradCon2023 are now closed. Keep an eye out for next year's conference!
Talks and keynote presentations will be broadcasted live on the NASA Astrobiology YouTube channel where you will be able to ask questions after each presentation!
The Astrobiology Graduate Conference is dedicated to early-career scientists who study the complex and diverse topics that the astrobiology field encompasses. The goal of AbGradCon, organized entirely by graduate students, is to promote the scientific research of young astrobiologists, while promoting collaboration, practical training, and camaraderie. This conference has been an integral part of the astrobiology community for nearly two decades by providing a setting for graduate students and postdocs where small group discussions, presentations, and social activities promote long-term professional relationships. In essence, AbGradCon seeks to create a more interdisciplinary and inclusive astrobiology community, foster collaboration, and provide practical training for young scientists. AbGradCon2023 will mark the 20th anniversary of this unparalleled conference that has continued to grow in interest and participation since its inception.
AbGradCon was started in 2003 by a group of graduate students with the aim of creating a network among early-career astrobiologists. Except for 2006, it has been held annually every year since then, often in conjunction with AbSciCon or Bioastronomy. AbGradCon in 2023, or AbGradCon2023, will be the 20th meeting. Have a look at the previous websites HERE to know more about past conferences.
AbGradCon is unique in that it is a student-led meeting, from the organization to the presentations. It strives to remove the "pressures" of typical scientific meetings by providing a relaxed atmosphere in which presentations and roundtable discussions are fostered along with numerous social activities. AbGradCon aims to bring astrobiology-enthusiastic of different racial, cultural, educational, and professional backgrounds together. To truly advocate an inclusive, diverse, equitable, accessible (IDEA) vision within the astrobiology field, and to safely engage with a global network of astrobiologists in the pandemic, AbGradCon2023 has both SCIENCE and SOCIAL components.
What are the goals of AbGradCon?
To create an intellectually stimulating yet comfortable environment in which early-career astrobiologists meet, share research and exchange ideas.
To develop and maintain an international network of interdisciplinary early-career astrobiologists.
To encourage interdisciplinary research projects and collaboration.
To foster multidisciplinary awareness.
To create a shared learning environment by providing time for oral and poster sessions.
To foster leadership skills in the next generation of scientists by giving early-career astrobiologists experience in organizing scientific meetings.
To discuss the importance and practice of diversity, equity, and inclusivity within the astrobiology field.
To establish and strengthen interdisciplinary, intersectoral, and international collaborations.
To spread the passion for astrobiology to the public through various outreach activities and inspire the younger generation of scientists to join.
Astrobiology Graduate Conference 2023
Scripps Institution of Oceanography
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