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Environments of Terrestrial Planets Under the Young Sun: Seeds of Biomolecules
9-13 April, 2018 – NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD, USA

Hosted by the Sellers Exoplanet Environments Collaboration, this symposium is a major international interdisciplinary conference in the emerging area of astrobiology covering astrophysical, physico-chemical, atmospheric and geological aspects of environments of early terrestrial planets with a focus on the impacts of the young Sun’s space weather on the precursors of life. 
The central objective of the Symposium is to unify and coordinate these efforts to understand, and characterize heliophysical, magnetospheric, ionospheric, climate and their interaction with geological environments on the early Earth, Mars and Venus and their impacts on the initiation of prebiotic chemistry.
The official web site for the symposium is available here
Please pre-register (at no cost) here

2018 Astrobiology graduate conference (AbGradCon 2018)
4-8 June, 2018 – Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Applications will open in December, with a deadline in early February. The Proposal Writing Retreat (PWR), formerly known as the Research Focus Group (RFG), will take place at from June 1-4, 2017. Applicants for AbGradCon will be able to apply for PWR at the same time as they submit their AbGradCon application. Funds are available to support a limited number of participants.

2018 Annual Meeting of the Society for Molecular Biology & Evolution (SMBE)
8-12 July, 2018 – Yokohama, Japan

Proposals should span the range of interests of SMBE members, including exciting new scientific developments, and represent the geographic and gender diversity of our membership. For each accepted symposium, SMBE will provide partial financial support to help attract outstanding invited speakers. The deadline for proposal submission is *October 31, 2017*. Successful applications will be confirmed by the middle of November. For questions, please email

COSPAR 2018: 42nd Scientific Assembly of the Committee on Space Research (COSPAR) and Associated Events
14 – 22 July, 2018 – Pasadena, CA – USA

Contact: COSPAR Secretariat, 2 place Maurice Quentin, 75039 Paris Cedex 01, France
Tel: +33 1 44 76 75 10
Fax: +33 1 44 76 74 37
Host Organization: Caltech, home of JPL
Scientific Program Chair: Prof. Thomas Prince, California Institute of Technology
Abstract Deadline: 9 February 2018
Topics: Approximately 125 meetings covering the fields of COSPAR Scientific Commissions (SC) and Panels:
– SC A: The Earth’s Surface, Meteorology and Climate
– SC B: The Earth-Moon System, Planets, and Small Bodies of the Solar System
– SC C: The Upper Atmospheres of the Earth and Planets Including Reference Atmospheres
– SC D: Space Plasmas in the Solar System, Including Planetary Magnetospheres
– SC E: Research in Astrophysics from Space
– SC F: Life Sciences as Related to Space
– SC G: Materials Sciences in Space
– SC H: Fundamental Physics in Space
– Panel on Satellite Dynamics (PSD)
– Panel on Scientific Ballooning (PSB)
– Panel on Potentially Environmentally Detrimental Activities in Space (PEDAS)
– Panel on Radiation Belt Environment Modelling (PRBEM)
– Panel on Space Weather (PSW)
– Panel on Planetary Protection (PPP)
– Panel on Capacity Building (PCB)
– Panel on Education (PE)
– Panel on Exploration (PEX)
– Panel on Interstellar Research (PIR)
– Special events: interdisciplinary lectures, round table, etc.
Selected papers will be published in Advances in Space Research and Life Sciences in Space Research, fully refereed journals with no deadlines open to all submissions in relevant fields.

The 2nd Joint Congress on Evolutionary Biology
19-22 August, 2018 – Montpellier, France

Note that this meeting is distinct from the 22nd Evolutionary Biology Meeting in the same town one month later (see below). 
Joint Congresses take place every six years and bring together four of the world’s largest academic societies in the field of evolutionary biology. The very first edition took place in Ottawa, Canada in 2012. The conference in Montpellier will host a large number of thematic symposia and all contributed talks will be selected based on their fit to the symposia of their choice. Submissions for symposium proposals are now invited. These will be processed through our website, currently at:
Meeting web site:
Please consider submitting an abstract to participate in the symposium, Multi-level selection and the origins of life, which will be taking place as part of the Evolution / ESEB congress in Montpellier. The hope is to expose the evolutionary biology community at large to the origin of life research community and vice versa. Travel awards are available for graduate students.  Web site:

22nd Evolutionary Biology Meeting at Marseilles
25-28 September, 2018 – Montpellier, France

Note that this meeting is distinct from the 2nd Joint Congress on Evolutionary Biology in the same town one month earlier (see above). 
The Evolutionary Biology Meeting at Marseilles is an annual congress which has gathered high level experts in evolutionary biology since its creation in 1997.
The following subjects will be discussed: (1) Evolutionary biology concepts and modelisations for biological annotation; (2) Biodiversity and Systematics; (3) Comparative genomics and post-genomics (at all taxonomic levels); (4) Functional phylogeny; (5) Transposon evolution; (6) Convergent evolution; (7) Environment and biological evolution;  (8) Origin of Life and exobiology; (9) Self non – self evolution; (10) Non-adaptative versus adaptative evolution;  (11) The « minor » phyla: their usefulness in evolutionary biology knowledge. 
Meeting web site:

XIXth International Conference on the Origin of Life
The XIXth International Conference on the Origin of Life will take place on August 2-7, 2020, in Quito, Ecuador. More details will follow soon!


Past meetings

2017San DiegoNiles LehmanOrigins 2017
2014NaraSandra PizzarelloOrigins 2014
2011MontpellierDavid DeamerOrigins 2011
2008FlorenceJanet Siefert
2005BeijingAntonio Lazcano
2002OaxacaAntonio Lazcano
1999San DiegoBill Schopf
1996OrléansAndre Brack
1993BarcelonaJames Ferris
1989PragueJuan Oró
1986BerkeleyStanley Miller
1983MainzC.A. Ponnamperuma
1980JerusalemFugio Egami
1973BarcelonaAlexander Oparin
1963Wakulla Springs