The Search for Life Beyond the Solar System: Exoplanets, Biosignatures & Instruments, 7-21 March 2014, Tucson, Arizona, USA



The Search for Life Beyond the Solar System: Exoplanets, Biosignatures & Instruments

17-21 March 2014, Tucson, Arizona - USA


First Announcement

Motivated by the rapidly increasing number of known earth-sized planets, the increasing range of extreme conditions in which life on Earth can persist, and the progress toward a technology that will ultimate enable the search for life on exoplanets, the Vatican Observatory and the Steward Observatory announce a major conference entitled Exoplanets, Observations & Biosignatures: The Search for Life Beyond the Solar System.



The goal of the meeting is to help the international astronomical community toward the long-term goal of finding life beyond the solar system by bringing together the communities working on the observations and modeling of extrasolar planets, the development of exoplanet-focused instrumentation, biosignatures suitable for remote sensing, and the extreme life on Earth.


We anticipate about 250 participants. The program will include keynote and invited speakers, contributed talks, poster sessions and ample time for discussion. 


Scientific Organizing Committe

Daniel Apai [Department of Astronomy and Department of Planetary Sciences, University of Arizona, Tucson AZ 85721-0065] & Paul Gabor [Vatican Observatory Research Group, Dept of Astronomy, University of Arizona, Tucson AZ 85721-0065]

Ariel Anbar (ASU) 
John Baross (U Wash.) 
Malcolm Fridlund (ESA)
Thomas Henning (MPIA)  
Phil Hinz (U Arizona)
Chris Impey (U Arizona)  
Jim Kasting (Penn State)
Jonathan Lunine (Cornell) 
Mercedes Lopez-Morales (CfA) 
Peter R. Lawson (NASA JPL)
Dante Minniti (P U Chile) 
Daniel Rouan (Paris Obs.)
Sara Seager  (MIT)
Wes Traub (NASA JPL)
The event will be in the new El Conquistador Hilton Resort} close to Tucson, next to the scenic Catalina Mountains. Tucson has an international airport and can also be reached via the major airline hub in Phoenix, AZ. Tucson is a favorite tourist destination in the spring and hosts world-class golf courses, and offers excellent hiking, cycling, rock-climbing, canyoning, and other outdoor activities.  Optional social programs will include visits to the Grand Canyon, the UA's Mirror Lab, the MMT and LBT telescopes, the Biosphere 2, and the Mt Lemmon Sky Center.
Astrobiology School
The conference will be preceded by an independently-organized three-day school hosted at the University of Arizona's Biosphere 2.  The school will allow graduate students and junior postdocs to learn from the invited/keynote speakers and additional lecturers about the key topics of the conference. This will help them to benefit fully from the multi-disciplinary program and to connect with their peers from other disciplines.