1. Astrobiology Australasia Conference 2018

    The Astrobiology Australasia Meeting will be held on 25-26th June 2018 in Rotorua, New Zealand, organised by Haritina Mogosanu (New Zealand Astrobiology Network) and Professor Kathy Campbell (University of Auckland).

    Important Dates:
    Abstracts deadline: 30 April 2018
    Teachers Astrobiology Workshop: 24 June 2018
    Astrobiology Australasia Meeting: 25-26 June 2018
    AAM2018 Field Trip TVZ: 27-29 June 2018
    Grand Tour Western Australia: 1-9 July 2018

    Meeting Themes:
    Contributions in the general fields of astrobiology will be considered but we particularly welcome offers of presentations on the following special themes and sessions:
    1. The Origin and Evolution of Life: What is life? What was the origin of life: How did life originate and evolve?
    (1a) Prebiotic chemistry / evolutionary organic chemistry; (1b) Earliest life and habitats on Earth: the fossil and geological records; (1c) Evolution of microbial and eukaryotic life; (1d) Terrestrial vs deep sea environments for the origin of life; (1e) Analog environments for early Earth and elsewhere
    2. Life beyond Earth & its detection: Is there life beyond Earth? – past or present – and, if so, how can we detect it?
    (2a)Exoplanet science and discoveries; (2b) Habitability of our solar system; (2c) Search for life on Mars: past climate; past environments; current life? Potential for life on Icy Worlds; (2d) SETI & other initiatives (e.g. Breakthrough Initiatives)
    (2e) New technologies for life detection
    3. Future of life: What is the future of life on Earth and the Universe?
    (3a) New ways of thinking about Space Exploration & Astrobiology research; (3b) Astrobiology, Art, Culture & Indigenous Knowledge; (3c) Outreach and Education; (3d) Cities on Mars; (3e) Space and Security & Planetary Protection

    Talks and posters on current topics in astrobiology will be preceded by a one-day astrobiology teachers workshop and followed by a three-day field trip to the diverse and spectacular geothermal features of the central North Island’s Taupo Volcanic Zone (2 Ma-present). The TVZ is one of the most active volcanic regions on the planet, complete with its own supervolcano and high geothermal heat flux. Hot springs of varied fluid compositions will be visited, including the world renowned, Au-bearing Champagne Pool (pictured) and the colourful microbial mat-draped, fault-bounded sinter terraces of Orakei Korako, to mention only two.

    New Zealand is also famous amongst astronomy buffs for its South Island dark skies and wide-open views of the Milky Way, and amongst marine scientists for its extreme offshore environments – hydrothermal vents, hydrocarbon seeps and gas hydrates. Visitors to New Zealand, both astrobiologists and non-astrobiologists, will also encounter a vibrant Māori culture, stunning natural landscapes, and multiple film shooting locations crammed into a country the size of California.

    Come enjoy some friendly Kiwi hospitality in a Southern Hemisphere gem of a place to visit. Be sure to bring warm clothing in case of rain during our cooler winter months as well as your togs (aka bathing suits) for hot pool soaks!

    Website: http://astrobiology.nz/aam2018/

    Location: Rotorua, NZ