Where is the AbSciCon 2022 being held?
Hilton Atlanta Downtown
255 Courtland Street NE
Why are we meeting in Atlanta?
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.
Many factors are considered when choosing a site location, including:
- Ease of traveling to the city and within the city
- Safety, accessibility, and cost to attendees
- Diversity within a city
Atlanta’s strengths include 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.
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.
What are the dates for AbSciCon 2022?
Why convening as an astrobiology community is so important?
This community is distinct because by its nature, it is multidisciplinary. This aspect of astrobiology is pushing the future of all science toward a more multidisciplinary function, which in turn benefits everyone. The NASA Astrobiology Program built this interdisciplinary model into their Research Coordination Networks (RCNs) and will continue to build on the RCN model to support cross-divisional research.
In addition to improving the way science is conducted through increased interdisciplinary teams, the field of astrobiology also affects the way that we think about our world, and our existence. By broadening our horizons to worlds and the possibilities of life beyond Earth, astrobiology pushes the boundaries of thought and helps us break free from an Earth-centric point of view.
What if the event dates need to move?
What is the format of #AbSciCon22?
Will AbSciCon definitely be in-person?
Will people be able to attend online?
Yes, #AbSciCon22 will have an online component available for those who want to participate virtually. We will update the website with details about the online experience as soon as this information is available.