The 5th UK Astrobiology Society of Britain Conference, hosted by the UK Centre for Astrobiology (ASB5)
REGISTRATION AND ABSTRACT DEADLINE: FEBRUARY 28th 2013
University of Edinburgh, April 17-19, 2013
To understand the origin of life, how life has persisted on the Earth for over 3.5 billion years and whether we might find it elsewhere, requires that we understand how life and molecules adapt to extreme environments. The 5th UK astrobiology conference, supported by the UK Space Agency, will explore molecules and life in extremes and the implications for the search for extraterrestrial life
The conference welcomes astronomers, biologists, chemists, physicists and other disciplines that intersect with astrobiology.
The conference marks the 10th anniversary since the founding of the Astrobiology Society of Britain.
Sessions will include: Mars science and exploration, astrobiology outreach, icy bodies research, life in extreme environments, molecules in extreme environments.
Invited speakers include:
Lynn Rothschild (NASA Ames, USA): Synthetic Biology in Space
Jennifer Biddle (Univ. Delaware, USA), What the intraterrestrials can tell us about the search for extraterrestrial life
Frances Westall (CNRS, France): The Search for Life on Mars: Lessons from the early Earth
Andrew Spry (JPL, USA): Planetary Protection
Lorna Dougan (Leeds, UK): Single molecules under extremes
David Holmes (Center for Bioinformatics and Genome Biology, Chile): Iron bioegeochemistry in acid environments
Gerda Horneck (DLR, Germany): Astrobiology in Earth Orbit
Social events will include a Ceilidh, whisky tasting and a conference dinner, giving delegates a true taste of Scotland.
ASB5 is supported by the UK Centre for Astrobiology, the Centre for Science at Extreme Conditions, the UK Space Agency, the Royal Astronomical Society. Travel grants are available for early career scientists.
The conference is preceded by an informal opening of the UK Centre for Astrobiology on the evening of April 16th with a public lecture on ‘The Search for Life in the Universe’ by Christopher McKay, NASA Ames Research Centre. Conference delegates are also welcome to sign up.