1. Australian Centre for Astrobiology (ACA)

    Website: http://aca.unsw.edu.au/

    Martin Van Kranendonk

    ACA Activities

    Astrobiology Grand Tour 2018
    July 1 – 9, 2018
    Following the success of the previous grand tours in 2013 and 2015, ACA once again offers a tour through Western Australia, starting in Denham (or Carnarvon, TBC) and finishing in Port Hedland.

    Astrobiology Australasia Meeting 2018
    June 25 – 29, 2018
    Organised by Haritina Mogosanu (New Zealand Astrobiology Network) and Professor Kathy Campbell (University of Auckland), the 2018 Australasia Meeting features talks and posters on current topics in astrobiology, followed by a three day field trip to the diverse and spectacular geothermal features of the central North Island’s Taupo Volcanic Zone (2Ma-present).

    Related events:

    AAM2018 Field Trip to Taupo Volcanic Zone
    June 27, 2018
    The three day field trip explores the TVZ, one of the most active volcanic regions on the planet, complete with its own supervolcano and high geothermal heat flux.

    Teacher Astrobiology Workshop
    June 24, 2018
    A one-day teachers workshop in astrobiology will be held in Rotorua on the 24th of June 2018, led by Jenny Pollock.

    Astrobiology Australasia Meeting 2016
    July 10 – 12, 2016

    Astrobiology Grand Tour 2015
    July 15 – 25, 2015
    11-day scientific discovery tour from Western Australian coastal town Denham through the Pilbara

    Dr. Martin Van Kranendonk’s Presentation to the NAI EC at AbSciCon 2015
    Video File: “The Mars Lab”
    Video File: “Drone Field Footage”

    Courses in Astrobiology
    As of 2014 the ACA currently offers two courses in Astrobiology at the University of New South Wales.
    PHYS1160 | Introduction to Astronomy and the Search for Life Elsewhere
    BABS6741 | Astrobiology: Life in the Universe

    Pilbara Field School 2014
    June 28 – July 6, 2014
    8-day field mapping school in the world-famous Pilbara Craton of Western Australia

    Astrobiology Grand Tour 2013
    June 18 – 28, 2013
    11-day scientific discovery tour from Western Australian coastal town Denham through the Pilbara

    Australian Astrobiology Meeting 2013
    June 30 – July 2, 2013
    University of New South Wales

    About the Australian Centre for Astrobiology

    The Australian Centre for Astrobiology (ACA) was one of the NAI’s first international partners (established 2001), and is one of only two at the more formal level of Associate Partner. The research of the ACA, based at the University of New South Wales, focuses on microbiology, palaeobiology, organic geochemistry, planetary science, astronomy and science communication. Its investigators conduct research into some of the earliest records of life on Earth – the ancient stromatolite fossils found in the Pilbara region of Western Australia, research into extant stromatolites in Australia’s Shark Bay study area, and the potential for life on other planets. The ACA is actively seeking advanced students and post-doctoral researchers in the fields listed above and scholarship opportunities are being made available. Current active research includes the geological evidence for early life on Earth, the microbiology of analogous modern systems (particularly those including archaea and extremophiles), biomarker geochemistry of modern and ancient environments, infrared sensing of Venus and Mars using ground-based telescopes, the search for extrasolar planets, and science communication and education within the framework of astrobiology. Collaborative research opportunities with U.S. investigators, and international researchers in general, are actively sought.