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NASA Astrobiology Graduate Conference – AbGradCon 2021 – Now on YouTube

By SpaceRef Editor
October 28, 2021
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Virtual AbGradCon 2021: Now on YouTube!
This year marked the first all-virtual Astrobiology Graduate Conference, the NASA-sponsored astrobiology conference for and by early career scientists interested in the field of astrobiology. AbGradCon 2021 was conducted entirely within Gather Town, a virtual 2D conference space, along with pre-recorded talks on YouTube, and continued discussions and networking via Discord.
Over 100 presentations and flash talks are now available on the NASA Astrobiology YouTubepage! Topics include astronomy, biology, chemistry, diversity and inclusion, engineering, geology, instrument design, planetary science, and physics.
Presentation by Lakshmipriya Swaminathan, one of many talks at AbGradCon 2021.
AbGradCon Organizing Team:
ELSI Organizing Committee: Tony Z. Jia (Chair), Kristin N. Johnson-Finn (Co-chair), Irene Bonati, Kosuke Fujishima, Paula Prondzinsky, Harrison B. Smith, Natsumi Noda, Yamei Li, Kang Wei Lim
External Organizers:
Alma Ceja, Julia McGonigle, Lena Vincent, Natalie Grefenstette, Niraja V. Bapat, Petar Penev, Shreyas Vissapragada, Tyler Roche, Osama Alian, Wataru Takahagi, Marc Neveu
Gather Town Design & Media Management by Mike Toillion (NASA Astrobiology Program).
And stay tuned for more information on next year’s Astrobiology Graduate Conference in Washington, D.C.! If you would like to participate in the organizing committee for AbGradCon 2022, please contact

SpaceRef staff editor.