1. NAI Newsletter

    Early Career Conferences and Programs

    Exciting opportunities are coming up for early career astrobiologists to travel, collaborate with fellow scientists, and increase their knowledge of the field. Don’t miss the deadline to apply for travel and financial support!

    AbSciCon 2019 in Seattle, WA (June 24-28)

    Abstract Submission Deadline: March 6

    Student Travel Support Application Deadline: March 7

    2019 Sagan Exoplanet Summer Workshop: Astrobiology for Astronomers in Pasadena, CA (Jul 15-19) – Financial and Travel Support Application Deadline: Mar 6

    AbGradCon 2019 in Salt Lake City, UT (Jul 22-26) – Application Deadline: Mar 15

    Josep Comas I Sola International Summer School in Astrobiology in Santander Spain (Jul 22-26) – Application Deadline: Mar 15

    Early Career Collaboration Award – Application Deadline: Apr 1



    Highlights


    Non-Biological Formation of Tubules in Subsurface Volcanic Glass


    Scientists test the connection between biological and non-biological processes and the appearance of microtubules in basalt glass.


    Abiotic Formation of the Sugar of DNA


    Scientists successfully produce the sugar component of DNA under simulated astrophysical conditions.


    Deep Sea Microbes Hold Clues to Early Life


    Novel gene sequencing methods reveal how Hydrothermarchaeota could provide clues to the evolution of life on Earth.


    Extremophiles That Love Water Heaters


    With the help of citizen scientists, researchers discover that a microbial strain found in extreme environments also prefers a more domestic environment.


    Jobs and Funding Opportunities

    OpenTenured Geology & Geophysics Departmental Chair at LSU Application Deadline

    Feb 28 – PhD and Postdoc Opportunities: Swedish Institute of Space Physics (Multiple Positions) Application Deadline Early Career Opportunity

    Mar 1NASA Astrobiology Postdoctoral Program Application Deadline Early Career Opportunity

    Mar 11Future Investigators in NASA Earth and Space Science and Technology (FINESST) Application Deadline Early Career Opportunity

    Mar 11Astrodynamics in Support of Icy Worlds Missions Step-1 Proposal Deadline

    Mar 25Research Professor in Planetary Processes and Global Changes, Vrije Universiteit Brussel Application Deadline

    Mar 29Habitable Worlds Step-2 Proposal Deadline

    Apr 1NASA Astrobiology Early Career Collaboration Award Application Deadline Early Career Opportunity

    Apr 2Solar System Workings Proposal Deadline

    May 10Planetary Protection Research Proposal Deadline


    Upcoming Events and Deadlines

    Feb 25 – 27Workshop on In Situ Exploration of the Ice Giants, Marseille, FR

    Feb 28The Worlds Under Our Feet: Caves from Earth to Mars and Beyond, Los Altos, CA, USA

    Mar 4 – 8Kepler & K2 Science Conference V, Glendale, CA USA

    Mar 18 – 2250th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, The Woodlands, TX, USA

    Mar 25 – 29Life3E: Search for life, from Early Earth to Exoplanets, Quy Nhon, VN

    Mar 26 – 28National Academy of Science (NASEM) Committee on Astrobiology and Planetary Science (CAPS), Washington DC, USA

    Mar 31 – Apr 5New Quest in Stellar Astrophysics IV: Astrochemistry, Astrobiology, and the Origin of Life, Puerto Vallarta, MX

    April 4 – 62nd International Conference on Astronomy, Astrophysics, and Astrobiology, Auckland, NZ

    April 15 – 17UK Exoplanet Community Meeting, London GB

    April 23 – 24The Outer Planets Assessment Group (OPAG) Meeting, Washington DC, USA

    May 20 – 24Cassini Science Symposium 2019, Laurel, MD, USAAbstract Submission Deadline: Mar 1

    May 21 – 22Ocean Worlds 4Early Registration Deadline: Apr 22

    May 26 – 30 - Japan Geoscience Union Meeting 2019Abstract Submission Deadline: Feb 19

    Jun 10 – 13Nordic Network of Astrobiology: Impacts and Their Role in the Evolution of Life, Tällberg, Siljan Area, Sweden – Abstract Submission Deadline: Mar 31

    Jul 22 – 26Ninth International Conference on Mars, Pasadena, CA, USAIndication of Interest Deadline: Mar 6