1. Astrobiology Conference and Workshop Fund

    The NASA Astrobiology Institute supports workshops and other meetings of its members and the broader astrobiology community that will advance Astrobiology Program objectives. These include, but are not limited to, the integration of astrobiology research, mission planning, the coordination of field expeditions, international or inter-agency collaboration, or training in astrobiology. Requests for support are accepted on an on-going basis. A short proposal, including the goals of the meeting, intended number of attendees, the relevance to astrobiology, the dates and program, if available, may be sent to the attention of Dr. Edward Goolish, Deputy Director of the NAI, edward.m.goolish@nasa.gov.


    2017 Selections for the Astrobiology Conference and Workshop Fund


    GRC Metals in Biology
    January 22-27, 2017
    Organized by R. David Britt
    Follow-up report and program

    2nd Earth-like Worlds Workshop
    February 17, 2017
    Organized by Abel Mendez

    GRC Molecular Mechanisms in Evolution
    June 11-16, 2017
    Organized by Ivan Matic
    Follow-up report and program

    GRC Applied and Environmental Microbiology
    July 16-21, 2017
    Organized by J. Colin Murrell and Yuri Gorby
    Follow-up report and group photo

    GRC Archaea: Ecology, Metabolism and Molecular Biology
    July 23-28, 2017
    Organized by Thomas Santangelo
    Follow-up report and group photo


    2016 Selections for the Astrobiology Conference and Workshop Fund


    COSPARCANCELLED
    July 31-August 7, 2016
    Session organized by Eric Herbst

    GRC One Carbon Metabolism
    July 31-August 5, 2016
    Session organized by Stephane Vuilleumier
    Follow-up report and group photo

    ExoClimes
    August 1-4 2016 – Quest University
    Organized by Nick Cowan and Joe Harrington
    Follow-up report and archived recordings

    Serpentine Days
    September 25-29, 2016
    Report from conference


    2015 Selections for the Astrobiology Conference and Workshop Fund


    Gordon Research Conference on Applied & Env. Microbiology
    July 12-17, 2015 – Mount Holyoke College
    Organized by J. Colin Murrell and Yuri Gorby

    Gordon Research Conference on Archaea
    July 26-31, 2015 – Sunday River, Newry, ME
    Organized by Todd Lowe & Ruth A. Schmitz-Streit

    Metallomics in Medicine Workshop: The Role of Natural Isotopes in the Development of a New Generation of Biomarkers for Biomedicine
    May 18-May 19, 2015 – Phoenix, Arizona
    Organized by Ariel Anbar

    Extreme Solar Systems III
    November 29-December 4, 2015 – Hawaii
    LOC: Nader Haghighipour
    Follow-up report


    2014 Selections for the Astrobiology Conference and Workshop Fund


    Gordon Research Conference on Origins of Life
    January 12-17, 2014- Galveston, TX
    Organized by Steven Benner and Stephen Freeland

    The Search for Life Beyond the Solar System, Exoplanets, Biosignatures and Instruments
    March 16-21, 2014 – Tucson, AZ
    Organized by Daniel Apai


    2013 Selections for the Astrobiology Conference and Workshop Fund


    Origin of Life Workshop
    January 21-24, 2013 – Princeton, New Jersey
    Organized by Aaron Goldman and Laura Landweber

    Fifth Int’l Conf on Polar and Alpine Micro
    September 8-12, 2013 – Big Sky, Montana
    Organized by John Priscu

    Gordon Research Conference on Archaea: Ecology, Metabolism & Molecular Biology
    July 28-August 2, 2013 – Lucca, Italy
    Organized by Zvi Kelman & Sonja-Verena Albers

    Stars to Life: Connecting our understanding of star formation, planet formation, astrochemistry and astrobiology
    April 3-6, 2013 – Gainesville, FL
    Organized by Jonathan Tan


    2012 Selections for the Astrobiology Conference and Workshop Fund


    Gordon Research Seminar and Gordon Research Conference Origin of Life
    January 7-January 13, 2012 – Galveston, Texas
    Organized by Sarah Walker and H. James Cleaves

    ExoClimes: The Diversity of Planetary Atmosphere Conference
    January 16-January 20, 2012 – Aspen, Colorado
    Organized by Nick Cowan

    Cool Stars Conference
    June 24-June 29, 2012 – Barcelona, Spain
    Organized by Vikki Meadows

    International Astronomical Union Symposium
    August 27-August 31, 2012 – Beijing, China
    Organized by Nader Haghighipour

    Terrestrial Mars Analog Meeting
    October 25-October 27, 2012 – Marrakech, Morocco
    Organized by Sherry Cady


    2011 Selections for the Astrobiology Conference and Workshop Fund


    Gordon Research Conference – Geobiology
    January 30-February 4, 2011 — Ventura, California
    Organized by Nora Noffke and John Stolz

    Microbiology of the marine deep sediment biosphere Dark Energy Biosphere, 2nd in series of 5
    March 7-March 9, 2011 — UNC, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
    Organized by Matt Schrenk, Andreas Teske and Jen Biddle
    Click here to download the report

    ACS Mars Session, Chemistry as a Tool for Space Exploration and Discovery at Mars
    August 28-September 1, 2011 – Denver, Colorado
    Organized by Mark Allen

    11th International Thermophiles Conference
    September 11- September 16, 2011 – Big Sky, Montana
    Organized by John Peters and Mark Young

    Extreme Solar Systems II
    September 11-September 17, 2011 – Grand Teton National Park, Moran, Wyoming
    Organized by Nader Nagighipour

    • The NAI supported a series of four Virtual Workshops on the Study of Intelligence in Astrobiology, organized by Lori Marino and Kathryn Denning

    2010 Selections for the Astrobiology Conference and Workshop Fund


    The NAI co-sponsored the 2010 Gordon Research Conference and Graduate Research Seminar on the Origin of Life
    January 9 -15, 2010 – Galveston, Texas
    Organized by H. James Cleaves

    SEPM Society for Sedimentary Geology Field Conference Microbial Mats in Sandy Deposits Archean to Today
    May 21-May 23, 2010 — Denver, Colorado
    Organized by Nora Noffke
    Click here to download the report

    The NAI co-sponsored the Gordon Research Conference on Environmental Bioinorganic Chemistry
    June 13-18, 2010 — Newport, Rhode Island
    Organized by Ariel Anbar and Rachel Narehood Austin

    The NAI provided funding for US student participation in the 2010 Astrobiology Graduate Student Conference (AbGradCon)
    June 14-18, 2010 — Tallberg, Sweden
    Organized by Eva Steeuken

    Asia Oceania Geosciences Society 2010 meeting – Methane lakes on Titan
    July 5-July 13, 2010 — Hyderabad, India
    Organized by Bishun Khare

    38th COSPAR Assembly
    July 18-25, 2010 — Bremen, Germany

    • The NAI supported a series of four Virtual Workshops on the Study of Intelligence in Astrobiology, organized by Lori Marino and Kathryn Denning.

    2009 Selections for the Astrobiology Conference and Workshop Fund


    A session at the American Chemical Society National Meeting, entitled Astrochemistry: Chemistry of the Planets, Interstellar Dust and Beyond
    August 16-20. 2009 – Washington, DC
    Organized by Gozen Ertem

    Johns Hopkins University Astrobiology Seminar Series
    Fall 2009-2010
    Organized by Jocelyne DiRuggiero and Luann Becker


    2008 Selections for the Astrobiology Conference and Workshop Fund


    A session on Clay Minerals and Biomolecules at the joint American Chemical Society and Clay Minerals Society Meeting
    April 2008 — New Orleans, Louisiana
    Organized by Gozen Ertem

    Speakers and student attendance for an astrobiology session at the Third International Conference on Polar and Alpine Microbiology
    May, 2008 — Banff, Alberta, Canada
    Organized by Jody Deming

    A session in the 2008 Gordon Research Conference on the Molecular Basis Of Microbial One-Carbon Metabolism
    July 2008 — Bates College in Lewiston, Maine
    Organized by Stephen Ragsdale

    Participation in the Cool Stars 15 Workshop
    July, 2008 — University of St. Andrews, Scotland
    Organized by Aleks Scholz

    An Origins of Life Symposium at the annual meeting of the Japanese Geochemical Society
    September, 2008 — University of Tokyo in Tokyo, Japan


    2007 Selections for the Astrobiology Conference and Workshop Fund


    American Astronomical Society: “Formation and Detection of Habitable Planets”
    January 2007 — Seattle, Washington
    Organized by Nader Haghighipour


    2006 Selections for the Astrobiology Conference and Workshop Fund


    International Symposium on Microbial Ecology: “Life in Extreme Environments and Astrobiology”
    August, 2006 — Vienna, Austria
    Organized by Frank Robb

    Geological Society of America: “Changes in Ocean and Atmospheric Redox State and the Evolution of Life”
    October, 2006 — Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    Organized by Andrey Bekker and Ganqing Jiang

    2006 American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting: “Biofilms in the Environment: Adaptive Roles, Microbe-mineral Interfaces, and Contributions to Global Biogeochemical Cycles”
    December 11-15, 2006 — San Francisco, California
    Organized by D’Arcy Meyer-Dombard and Matt Schrenk