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AbGradE Symposium 2014 - Schedule and events

9 October 2014
10 October 2014
09:00-09:20 Registration 09:00-10:00 KL Doris Breuer
09:20-09:30 Welcome 10:00-10:30 Coffee break
09:30-10:30 KL Frances Westall 10:30-10:50 Adam Stevens
10:30-11:00 Coffee break 10:50-11:10 Dennis Höning
11:00-11:45 KL Charles Cockell 11:10-11:30 Patricia Hernández Reséndiz
11:45-12:30 KL Lynn Rothschild 11:30-12:30 KL Grégoire Danger
12:30-13:30 Lunch and Coffee 12:30-13:30 Lunch and Coffee
13:30-13:50 Annette Brandt 13:30-13:50 Beaufils Damien
13:50-14:10 Maximilian Mora 13:50-14:10 Sara Faggi
14:10-14:30 Mark Fox-Powell 14:10-14:30 Ilhuiyolitzin Villacaña Pedraza
14:30-15:30 KL Alessandro Airo 14:30-15:10 Future AbGradE
15:30-16:00 Coffee Break 15:10-15:40 Coffee break
16:00-17:00 Poster session I15:40-16:00 Sanjoy Som (SAGANet)
17:00-17:20 Tasha Nicholson 16:00-17:00 Round table Astrobiology
17:20-17:40 Anaïs Bardyn 17:00-18:00 Poster session II
20:00 Public Outreach Event 19:30 Conference dinner

Keynote lectures
  • Frances Westall, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), France.
    History and challenges of Astrobiology
  • Charles Cockell, UK Centre for Astrobiology (UKCA), University of Edinburgh, Scotland.
    The distribution of habitability in the Universe
  • Lynn Rothschild, NASA-Ames Research Center, Earth Science Division, California.
    Synthetic Biology and the Search for Extraterrestrial Life
  • Alessandro Airo, Freie Universität Berlin, Department of Geosciences, Germany.
    Biosignatures and the search for life in the universe
  • Doris Breuer, German Aerospace Center (DLR), Institute of Planetary Research, Germany.
    How does the interior of a planet influence its habitability? (presented by Lena Noack)
  • Grégoire Danger, Aix-Marseille Université, PIIM laboratory, France.
    From astrochemistry to prebiotic chemistry: the evolution of organic matter evolution to the emergence of life

Poster sessions
We will have two poster sessions on Thursday and Friday afternoon. The following participants are asked to set up their poster on Thursday:

Mickael Baqué, Elliot Curtis-Harper, Baptiste Journaux, Joachim Meeßen, Philippe Nauny, Samuel Payler, Alexandra Perras, Toby Samuels and Petra Schwendner.

On Friday the following participants are asked to set up their poster:

Bo Byloos, Thomas Gautier, Luke Hecht, Michaela Musilova, Brooke Rothschild-Mancinelli, Lena Noack, Paloma Serrano, Ellen Sirks, Nick Thomas and Cyprien Verseux.

Public outreach event
The outreach event will take place Thursday 9th of October 8pm at The Voodoo Rooms, 19a West Register St, in the center of Edinburgh. The event will be organized together with all AbGradE participants and is open to the public.

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Conference dinner
The conference dinner will take place at the Royal Scots Club and is sponsored by AbGradE. The 2014 symposium will finish with a three-course dinner, some career speeches, live music and some dancing! Every participant is automatically signed up for the dinner.

Social events
On Wednesday evening, we will start at 7pm with an ice-breaker event at the conference site (Mayfield Bar in the Kings Buildings House).

We will also arrange a day trip in the surroundings of Edinburgh on Saturday or Sunday. Details and costs will be announced during the AbGradE symposium.