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    The XVIIIth International Conference on the Origin of Life
    July 16th-21st, 2017 – San Diego, California, USA

    Scientific Organizing Committee
    Robert Pascal, chair (FR)
    Ram Krishnamurthy (US)
    George Cooper (US)
    Antonio Lazcano (MX)
    Emmanuelle Javaux (BE)
    Hiroshi Naraoka (JP)

    Local Organizing Committee
    Uli Muller, chair, (UCSD)
    Yitzhak Tor (UCSD)
    Jeff Bada (SIO)
    Mark Thiemens (UCSD)
    Luke Leman (TSRI)
    Reza Ghadiri (TSRI)
    Charlie Perrin (UCSD)

    COSPAR 2017: 3rd Symposium of the Committee on Space Research (COSPAR): Small Satellites for Space Research

    18 – 22 September, 2017 – Jeju Island – South Korea

    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 Organizations:
    Korea Astronomy and Space Science Inst. (KASI) / Korean Space Science Society

    Scientific Program Chair:
    Dr. Dong-Hun Lee, Kyung Hee Univ.

    Abstract Deadline:
    31 March 2017

    – New ideas for upper atmosphere research with micro- and nano-satellites
    – Interaction of solar wind and Earth’s bow shock: recent progress in observations and modelling
    – Dynamics of the magnetospheric process through coordinated experiment and modelling
    – Advances in astrophysical research with small satellites
    – Planetary exploration of the solar system
    – Enabling technologies

    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.

    Workshop: Life on Earth and in the Universe Current State and Future Visions

    16-18 October 2017, at Umeå University, in Umeå, Sweden

    Background: The secrets of the universe and of life has fascinated mankind since its early history. During the last century we have experienced amazing discoveries in science and technology. These have enabled fascinating journeys to the smallest components of matter and life, to the different global ecosystems of Earth, and to the outer universe. With the ongoing discoveries of novel, extremophilic organisms, viruses, and astonishing remains of ancient life from early Earth, we are constantly expanding our insights about the origin, evolution and the limits and wider potential of life. However, many fundamental and puzzling questions remain to be solved. Some of the main future challenges are understanding the principles of life and consciousness and their evolutionary interactions with our biogeosphere, and how to develop a sustainable technology. This workshop aims to discuss current trends and visions around these topics.

    Astrobiology is a young, fascinating research field, which in contrast to the current trend towards more specialization, strives to bring together different fields like physics, chemistry, biology, geology, technology, and even humanistic sciences (e.g. research on consciousness). Astrobiology therefore encourages both a broader education as well as novel, interdisciplinary interactions and research. We welcome everybody to present and discuss these issues.


    The board of the Swedish Astrobiology Network (SWAN)
    Local organisers at Umeå university:

    Natuschka Lee, researcher, department of Ecology and Environmental Science
    Asta Pellinen Wannberg, professor, department of Space Physics at Umeå University and at the Swedish Institute of Space Physics (IRF) in Kiruna
    Marianne Eik, science educator, Umeå University public science center (Umevatoriet, the observatory of Umeå)

    Deadline for registration:
    15th August 2017

    Space activities and astrobiology in the Nordic countries
    Astronomy and space physics
    Prebiotic chemistry and evolution of life
    Life detection techniques on Earth and in space
    Extremophilic organisms on Earth and in space and their role for the biogeosphere
    Theoretical, evolutionary ecology from an astrobiological perspective
    Sustainable technology on Earth and on future Space missions
    Among others…

    6th Annual ELSI International Symposium: Building Bridges from Earth to Life:
    From Chemical Mechanism to Ancient Biology
    9-11 January, 2018 – Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tokyo – Japan

    Understanding the transition from the Earth’s earliest geochemistry, to the later emergence of life, requires a synthesis of knowledge across an unprecedented range of scales of size, time, and complexity. We need both empirical data, and the ability to synthesize, compute, and reason at levels linking elementary mechanisms in organic geochemistry and catalysis, available energy systems, the assembly and roles of intermediate-scale structures, and reaching all the way to molecular and ecological systems evolutionary biology. Recent advances in several areas bring us close to connecting all the links in a chain needed to reason from micro to macro, from geochemistry to nascent biochemistry. The goal in this symposium is to hold a collaborative conversation, among speakers and participants, to sketch the form of this emerging bridge, and to point out both the most compelling opportunities and the most urgent needs.

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

    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

    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.

    Past meetings

    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