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AbSciCon 2017 : Astrobiology Science Conference


When Apr 24, 2017 - Apr 28, 2017
Where Mesa, Arizona
Submission Deadline Jan 18, 2017
Notification Due Mar 10, 2017

Call For Papers

Theme: New Technologies and Techniques
Session: Other Technologies and Techniques
Topic: Instruments and Robotics for Exploration of Mars
Short Title (listed on abstract submission form): Instruments and Robotics for Exploration of Mars
Organizer: German Sarmiento (Instituto de Astrobiologia Colombia),
Summary: The session aims to inform the scientific community all those instruments, equipment , rovers, and technological material for Mars exploration.

Meeting Location and Date

The Astrobiology Science Conference 2017 (AbSciCon 2017) will be held April 24–28, 2017 in Mesa, Arizona at the Mesa Convention Center (263 N Center Street, Mesa, AZ 85201) and the Phoenix Marriott Mesa (200 North Centennial Way, Mesa, Arizona 85201).

Purpose and Scope

AbSciCon 2017 is the next in a series of conferences organized by the astrobiology community.

The theme for AbSciCon 2017 is “Diverse Life and its Detection on Different Worlds.” Mars and icy worlds in our solar system are increasingly recognized as habitable, even as increasing numbers of exoplanets in their stars’ habitable zones have been discovered. The focus is shifting from identification of habitable worlds, to detection of life on them.

Among other topics, the conference will address:

Setting the Stage for Geochemistry
Setting the Stage for Biochemistry
Biomarkers of Life in Anaerobic Ecosystems and Different Evolutionary Stages
Biomarkers of Anaerobic Ecosystems
Biogeochemical Cycles on Water Worlds Near and Far
Biosignatures on Exoplanets
Preparing for Life Detection: Astrobiology Education and Public Outreach
Questions —

What interstellar and protoplanetary disk processes determine the chemistry of a planet? What prebiotic chemistry sets the stage for life?
Is a one-pot approach to prebiotic polymer chemistry possible? What are future applications of origins chemistry?
Do habitable conditions exist on Europa, Enceladus, or other icy worlds? If so, for how long, and how continuously have they existed?
Are extreme environments on Earth valid analogs to sites on Mars or icy satellites?
What are the metabolisms utilized by life in different evolutionary stages, and in extreme environments?
How can molecular studies and the sequencing revolution help us understand the evolution of the three domains of life, including such evolutionary innovations as multicellularity and photosynthesis?
What is the evolution of biogeochemical cycles and environment on Earth and other planets?

Are nominally habitable “water world” exoplanets good places to look for signatures of life?
AbSciCon 2017 will provide a forum for reporting on new discoveries, sharing data and insights, advancing collaborative efforts and initiating new ones, planning new projects, and educating the next generation of astrobiologists. The conference will feature plenary sessions on current and thought-provoking topics, topical sessions, evening programs, and public and educational events.

Abstract Deadline — Wednesday, January 18, 2017, 5:00 p.m. U.S. Central Standard Time (GMT -6)

No late abstracts will be accepted, regardless of the reason.
Abstracts sent by e-mail will NOT be considered.
Abstracts are limited to one page.
All abstracts must be submitted in PDF format.
All abstracts must be submitted in U.S. letter size format (8.5" × 11") and must include a one-inch margin on all four sides; A4 submissions will be rejected by the system.
Abstract file sizes must be no larger than 3 MB; larger files will be automatically rejected by the system.
If not using the template provided leave a one-inch margin on all four sides of your document.
Speaker must be one of the first five authors listed.
Replacement files will NOT be accepted under any circumstances after the abstract deadline, regardless of errors. Authors should proofread abstracts CAREFULLY before submitting, and allow sufficient time for their institutional review process. Authors are able to replace their submissions up until the time of the deadline, but not afterward.
Authors are encouraged to start the submission process early so the USRA staff will have time to provide assistance in the event of technical problems. For technical assistance, contact Linda Garcia (281-486-2142), or send an e-mail message to

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