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Virtual Conference: 9-11th September 2020.

This event brought together researchers interested in Astrobiology from across the Australasian and Asian regions, to develop and exchange ideas on how life in the Universe could originate and persist.

Invited Speakers


Dr. Mary Voytek

Executive Director,

Earth-Life Science Institute,

Tokyo Institute of Technology


Dr. Sudha Rajamani

Associate Professor and

Deputy Chair of Biology,

Indian Institute of Science Education and Research


Dr. Joseph Michalski

Associate Professor, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Hong Kong


Dr. Supachai Awiphan


National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand


Dr. Sarah Jane Moore

Independent Creative Artist,
and Adjunct Associate Lecturer, University of New South Wales

conference Themes

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hotsprings as a setting for the origin of life

from protocells to Luca: The progenote and the building blocks of pre-biotic chemistry

messy chemistry and the origins of life

exploration for life: mars and beyond

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Preservation and the Early Record of Life on Earth

Modern analogues for primitive life on early earth


Science Communication, Outreach and Engagement


space technology and the search for life

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Co-hosted by the Australian Centre for Astrobiology at the University of New South Wales, and the Earth-Life Science Institute at the 

Tokyo Institute of Technology

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We acknowledge the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the first inhabitants of the nation and the traditional custodians of the lands where we live, learn and work.

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