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What does AbGradE stand for?

AbGradE (Astrobiology Graduates in Europe) is an independent association with the main goal of promoting scientific networking among early-career astrobiologists. It was initiated by EANA and it is managed by an enthusiastic group of PhD students and post-docs that are responsible for organizing activities that foster networking as well as give a broader background in the different disciplines that Astrobiology comprises.
A bi-annual symposium based in Europe is the main gathering for this purpose. In the years between the two symposia, AbGradE organises a one-day workshop in line with EANA`s topic.
Everyone is welcome to join and participate in AbGradE!

The content of this website as well as the symposia are under the sole responsibility of AbGradE.

For any questions or comments, please don`t hesitate to contact us via abgrade (at)

The first AbGradE Symposium took place on the 9th and 10th of October 2014 in Edinburgh prior to the EANA14 workshop.

In 2015, we organized a one-day mission proposal writing workshop at ESA ESTEC on 5th October 2015 in Noordwijk, the Netherlands.

The second AbGradE symposium took place 25-27 September in Athens, Greece. The symposium was organized again directly before the EANA conference, which was also in Athens, Greece, 27-30 September 2016.

The 2017 AbGradE workshop will be organized on August 13th 2017 in Aarhus, Denmark, before the annual EANA conference.

AbGradE is also co-organizer this summer of an Early career scientist conference on August 8-10 in Tartu (Estonia) titled "The Early History of Planetary Systems and Habitable Planets" together with EAC, COST, NORDICA and Tartu University.
The conference will have the same format as previous AbGradE symposiums with keynote lectures mixed with students` and early career scientists` talks and posters.
Deadline for abstract submission and registration is 29 June 2017.

More information can be found on the conference website: