The AbGradCon2023 Application is now closed!

Who can apply? 

AbGradCon is intended for graduate students within a few years of their graduation, as well as early-career researchers and postdocs. Undergraduate students, faculty, and staff scientists are not eligible. Space is limited to 100 participants.

Is this a hybrid meeting?

No. This year's AbGradCon will be fully in-person, but talks will be broadcasted live on the NASA Astrobiology YouTube and recordings will be posted with the presenter's consent. 

What kind of talks and posters are we looking for? 

Astrobiology is an interdisciplinary field, therefore, to uphold the same standards, participants will be asked to submit abstracts under one of many broad categories: astronomy, physics, geology, biology, chemistry, education and outreach, philosophy of science, engineering and instrumental design, planetary sciences, and science policy

Talks will be 15 minutes each, followed by 5 minutes of questions. 

Posters must be no larger than 36" x 48". Portrait orientation is preferred, but not required. If you choose landscape orientation, we recommend tailoring your design to fit within a width of 46 inches.

How will abstracts be selected? 

Abstracts will be evaluated on merit and quality of application materials.

Do I have to submit an abstract to attend AbGradCon2023?

Yes. All participants must submit an abstract, and present it as an oral presentation or a poster. As AbGradCon is an event for graduate students and postdocs, it is a great opportunity for early-career researchers to give scientific presentations in a more relaxed, yet still formal setting.

Where does AbGradCon get its funding? 

Most of the funding for AbGradCon comes from a grant from the NASA Astrobiology Program, with supplemental support from additional sources, including our sponsors listed on the home page.

Can I get a proof of registration?

A proof of registration can be provided upon request only. Please email the team at abgradcon@gmail.com