AbGradCon 2018 @ Georgia Tech

AbGradCon (Astrobiology Graduate Conference) provides a unique setting for astrobiology-inclined graduate students and early-career researchers to come together to share their research, collaborate, and network. AbGradCon 2018 marks the 14th year of this conference, each time in a different place and organized by a different group of students and postdoctoral researchers, but always with the original charter as a guide.

Because it is organized and attended by only graduate students, postdocs, and select undergraduates, AbGradCon is an ideal venue for the next generation of career astrobiologists to form bonds, share ideas, and discuss the issues that will shape the future of the field. Take a look at the AbGradCon 2017 conference website to see what's happened in the past.

George Tan, a Ph.D. student of Amanda Stockton in the School of Chemistry and Biochemistry, chairs the AbGradCon 2018 organizing committee, comprising the following Ph.D. students and postdocs: 

               Marcus Bray                    Justin Lawrence
               Bradley Burcar                 Adriana Lozoya
               Anthony Burnetti              Kennda Lynch
               Heather Chilton               Santiago Mestre Fos
               Chase Chivers                 Marshall Seaton
               Dedra Eichstedt               Micah Schaible
               Zachary Duca                  Elizabeth Spiers
               Jennifer Farrar                 Scot Sutton
               Nicholas Kovacs              Nadia Szeinbaum

Full information is available at the AbGradCon 2018 website. View the AbGradCon 2018 program here.

This popular meeting for students is funded primarily by the NASA Astrobiology Institute. The organizers have also received support from the following:

  • ACS Publications
  • ELSI, Earth Life Science Institute 
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • John Templeton Foundation
  • Nature Publications
  • Simons Foundation

Event Details


  • Monday, June 4, 2018
Location: Georgia Tech Hotel & Conference Center, 800 Spring St NW, Atlanta, GA 30308

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