Pre-Conference Activities

In lieu of the traditional pre-conference Proposal Writing Retreat (PWR), we have instead planned for a number of pre-conference activities for the participants, including Science communication workshops and a proposal review panel.

Proposal Review Panel

Participants will be organized into mock review panels to review three proposals prepared in the style of NASA ROSES application calls.

Goals:

- Learn how to review a NASA ROSES style proposal [instruction led by Dr. Marc Neveu of NASA Goddard Space Flight Center]

- Review three proposals

- Participate in a review panel for 1-2 hours in a small group of 6-8 participants to rate the proposals' merits

- PROJECTED TIME COMMITMENT: 6-8 hours over 3 weeks

Proposal Budgeting Exercise

This is an individual activity to prepare an itemized budget for a previously prepared proposal in the NASA ROSES-style format.

Goals:

- Learn how to create a budget document to become familiar with the budget creation process necessary in any proposal

- Be able to find and estimate the specific costs associated with items listed in a previous proposal

- PROJECTED TIME COMMITMENT: 2-3 hours.

- Participants should also join the Proposal Review Panel in addition to this workshop to gain the best experience.

Multidisciplinary/-cultural Communication 101 Workshop

This workshop, led by Explainables, will focus on communicating science topics between disparate fields and cultures. Astrobiology is inherently an inter/multidisciplinary and international research field, where such skills are needed.

Goals:

- How to explain topics to students/researchers from other fields and disciplines

- Preparation for discussions during the main conference through interactive group activities

- Those who would like to practice discussions in English in preparation for AbGradCon are highly encouraged to attend!

- PROJECTED TIME COMMITMENT: 4 hours in one session.

- There is the possibility to attend two sessions for more advanced topics (another 4 hour commitment).

Professional Networking for Scientists Workshop

This workshop, led by Explainables, will focus on networking for scientists, an important skill that can help early career researchers build a research network for future collaborations.

Goals:

- How to network effectively as students

- How to navigate digital meetings and workshops for effective networking

- Preparation for discussions during the main AbGradCon conference

- Other topics may include: branding for scientists and science topics

- Those who have not had much experience attending scientific meetings are highly encouraged to attend!

- PROJECTED TIME COMMITMENT: 4 hours in one session.

- There is a possibility to attend two sessions for more advanced topics (another 4 hour commitment).