Early Career Scientist Classes

Attention Early Career Scientists!

Please join us Saturday, April 22, and Sunday, April 23, for an Early Career Scientist Primer School pre-conference on the Arizona State University campus.

Astrobiology is a broad and interdisciplinary field. At the pre-conference, instructors will teach a number of short “primer” classes on astronomy, planetary science, and biology. These classes aim to help early career scientists specializing in one field get up to speed on other fields, in order to take full advantage of the science presented at AbSciCon 2017. The pre-conference will also include workshops on science communication, proposal writing, and how to apply for jobs in academia. Participants in the science communication workshop may choose to practice their new skills at a public event at the conference itself.

ADDITIONAL DETAILS (instructors TBD unless otherwise noted)

Primer Classes:
Astronomy/Astrophysics
Planetary Science/Geophysics/Geochemistry Biology/Biochemistry/Evolutionary Biology

Career Development Workshops:
Proposal Writing (Michael New, NASA HQ)
Science Communication (Phil Weaver-Stoesz, ASU)
How to Apply for Jobs in Academia (CV Writing, etc.)

Classes/workshops will be offered two at a time, in each of four time slots:

Saturday, April 22 12:30–3:00 p.m. 3:30–6:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 23 9:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m. 1:30–4:00 p.m.


A more detailed schedule will be available at a later date.

Confirming participation and getting a free ticket for this event will ensure that you are updated with the latest class schedule.

The pre-conference will be held in the Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Building IV (ISTB4) on the Arizona State University (ASU) campus. The Phoenix light rail can be easily taken from either the Phoenix Sky Harbor airport or the Phoenix Marriott Mesa to the ASU campus (take the University Dr./Rural stop). Attendees wishing to drive and park on campus can do so easily near the ISTB4.

The pre-conference will begin the afternoon of Saturday, April 22, and continue on Sunday, April 23, ending in time for participants to arrive at the Phoenix Marriott Mesa for Sunday evening registration and the networking event. A social event is planned for Saturday evening, so pre-conference participants are encouraged to arrive early on Saturday if possible.

The expected audience is graduate students and post-doctoral researchers, but all early career scientists are welcome. The pre-conference is free to all AbSciCon 2017 attendees, but interested participants are asked to sign up using the question provided on the AbSciCon registration form.

Note: All electronic submission forms are part of the USRA Meeting Portal, which requires users to set up a personal profile to access our electronic forms (setting up a profile is quick and easy, requiring only a few minutes of your time).