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National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Atlanta, Georgia

April 16-20, 2012

About AbSciCon

When and Where

The Astrobiology Science Conference 2012 (AbSciCon 2012) will be held April 16 – 20, 2012, at the Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center located at 800 Spring St. NW, Atlanta, GA 30308, USA.

Purpose and Scope

AbSciCon 2012 is the next in a biennial series of meetings organized by the astrobiology community. The conference will convene scientists from all over the world who are working in the multidisciplinary field of astrobiology – the study of the origin, evolution, distribution, and future of life in the universe – to report on research findings and plan future endeavors.

The theme for AbSciCon 2012 is “Exploring Life: Past and Present, Near and Far.” The conference will address our current understanding of life - from processes at the molecular level to those which operate at planetary scales. Studying these aspects of life on Earth provides an essential platform from which to examine the potential for life on other worlds, both within our solar system and beyond.

The origin and evolution of life on Earth lies at the core of Astrobiology. What is necessary for life, and where does it come from? How do habitable environments develop and change? How does life begin and evolve? What are the interconnections between life and environmental change? Answering these questions about life near 'home' can help us determine the potential distribution of life at the far reaches of the Universe. AbSciCon 2012 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.

Meeting Format

The conference will feature plenary sessions on current and controversial topics, topical oral and poster sessions, evening programs, social events, and public programs. Scientific sessions will begin Monday, April 16, at 8:00 a.m. The conference will end Friday, April 20, at 12:15 p.m.