Astrobiology is defined as any form of research pertaining to or concerning the origins, search for, and/or understanding of the context of life in our universe, as well as the extension of human life to other parts of our universe and the habitability of other worlds.
Why AbGradCon, not other astrobiology-centered conference?
AbGradCon is unique in that it is a student-led meeting, from the organization to the presentations. AbGradCon 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. The general GOALS of AbGradCon are:
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 an environment of shared learning 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.
How did AbGradCon start?
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 an AbSciCon or a Bioastronomy conference. AbGradCon in 2022, or ABGRADCON22, will be the 18th year of the conferences. Have a look at the previous websites HERE to know more about past conferences.
ABGRADCON22 will take place virtually on Aug. 8th-11th, 2022
This will be a unique virtual conference like no others!
The specific GOALS of ABGRADCON22 are to bring astrobiology-enthusiastic of different racial, cultural, educational, professional backgrounds together, especially after the toughest months of a global pandemic, to
ABGRADCON22 • SCIENCE
is a 4-day conference that dedicated to present your science and promote collaboration within the community.
ABGRADCON22 • SOCIAL
is a METAVERSE for YOU to socialize whenever you want!
AbGradCon2022 is STILL looking for volunteers to evaluate abstracts!!
As is tradition, all evaluators are eligible for attending the conference and for applying to the conference
Email us if you want to become an organizer for AbGradCon23!
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about the conference