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About AbSciCon 2022

Discover Atlanta

Atlanta has many strengths including its diversity of people, commerce, and strong academic presence. The city has been long viewed as a place where scientific academia, technology, and collaborative innovation thrive. Atlanta also received a perfect score from the Human Rights Campaign, noting its non-discrimination laws in city employment, trans-inclusive healthcare benefits and inclusivity in the workplace among the LGBTQ community.

When the meeting organizers chose Atlanta and announced the location at AbSciCon 2019, a primary reason for choosing the city is the strength of the astrobiology community, including the programs at the Georgia Institute of Technology, the home university of many of the conveners of the meeting.

As a meeting city, Atlanta is ranked 4th in the top 50 meeting cities and has accessibility second to none including a wealth of affordable domestic and international flights as well as AMTRAK options. The meeting location we’ve selected is walkable to many restaurants and venues, eliminating the need for bus shuttles. Inexpensive and convenient MARTA subway service is available between the airport and the conference venue.

Atlanta skyline in daytime, tall buildings and green trees

Meeting Location

AbSciCon will be at the Hilton Atlanta Downtown, located at 255 Courtland Street NE. The Hilton is in the heart of Atlanta with easy access to local attractions and the MARTA rapid transit. Hartfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is a 12-minute drive.

MARTA from Airport to Hilton Atlanta

The MARTA has a train station at Hartfield-Jackson Airport and provides and easy trip into downtown Atlanta. Take the gold line (towards Doraville) or the red line (towards North Springs) and exit at Peachtree Center Station. The Hilton Atlanta is just a few blocks away.



An exhibit wall at the Georgia Aquarium showing a tropical reef with brightly colored fish
Photo credit: Georgia Aquarium

Recommendation from AbSciCon Chairs

The AbSciCon meeting chairs have compiled a list of their favorite things to do and see in Atlanta.

Dine

What to See

National Center for Civil and Human Rights

100 Ivan Allan Jr. Blvd

*tickets are required

 

Georgia Aquarium

225 Baker Street NW

*tickets are required

 

Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park

450 Auburn Avenue, NE

Adults view exhibits at National Center for Civil and Human Rights
photo credit: National Center for Civil and Human Rights
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#AbSciCon22 Process from Start to Atlanta (and online everywhere)

#AbSciCon22 is a well-orchestrated event with deadlines that are set in advance to ensure everyone – from presenters to attendees to the AbSciCon Scientific Organizing Committee – is able to create a fantastic meeting.

But what happens once you submit your proposal and/or abstract?

Here’s a look at the process from start to finish. pdf icon

#AbSciCon22 deadlines and dates

Important Dates

July 2021

Session Proposals Open

September 2021

Mid-September 2021

Deadline for session proposals

November 2021

Abstracts submissions open

January 2022

Mid-January 2022

Abstract submission deadline

March 2022

Scientific program released

May 2022

15 - 20 May 2022- Join Us in Atlanta

Mark your calendar now for AbSciCon 2022

Roster

General Chair

Martha Grover
Georgia Institute of Technology


Local Organizing Chair

Jennifer Glass
Georgia Institute of Technology


Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Access Chair

Melissa Kirven-Brooks
NASA


Science Chair

Frank Rosenzweig
Georgia Institute of Technology


Alternative and agnostic biosignatures

Emmanuelle Javaux
University of Liege

Shawn Domagal-Goldman
NASA

Characterizing habitable zone exoplanets

Gongjie Li
Georgia Institute of Technology

Christopher Reinhard
Georgia Institute of Technology

Shawn Domagal-Goldman
NASA

 

Energy sources and metabolic pathways in the environment

Sarah Maurer
Central Connecticut State University

 

Evidence for early life on Earth

Emmanuelle Javaux
University of Liege

 

Evolution and diversification of life: OoL to LUCA to Eukaryogenesis

Emmanuelle Javaux
University of Liege

Frank Rosenzweig
Georgia Institute of Technology

Missions to Mars: Life detection and habitability

James Wray
Georgia Institute of Technology

Yasuhito Sekine
ELSI, Tokyo Institute of Technology

Ocean worlds near and far

Laurie Barge
Jet Propulsion Laboratory/ Caltech

Yasuhito Sekine
ELSI, Tokyo Institute of Technology

James Wray
Georgia Institute of Technology

Philosophy, history, education and community development

Frank Rosenzweig
Georgia Institute of Technology

Laurie Barge
Jet Propulsion Laboratory/ Caltech

Shawn Domagal-Goldman
NASA

Emmanuelle Javaux
University of Liege

Gongjie Li
Georgia Institute of Technology

Sarah Maurer
Central Connecticut State University

Rebecca Rapf
Trinity University

Christopher Reinhard
Georgia Institute of Technology

Yasuhito Sekine
ELSI, Tokyo Institute of Technology

James Wray
Georgia Institute of Technology

Star-planetary system interactions and habitability

Gongjie Li
Georgia Institute of Technology

Rebecca Rapf
Trinity University

Subsurface habitability and life

Christopher Reinhard
Georgia Institute of Technology

 

Transitions from prebiotic chemistry to biology

Laurie Barge
Jet Propulsion Laboratory/ Caltech

Rebecca Rapf
Trinity University

Sarah Maurer
Central Connecticut State University

Understanding early Earth environments

Christopher Reinhard
Georgia Institute of Technology

Shawn Domagal-Goldman
NASA