First Announcement

Meeting Location and Dates

We are happy to announce The First Billion Years:  Habitability conference scheduled for September 8–12, 2019 at Buck’s T-4 Lodge in Big Sky, Montana.

Purpose and Scope

The physical processes (e.g., accretion, differentiation, and bombardment) that created the worlds we observe today also created at least one where life has emerged and thrived. Within the first billion years, the Earth developed the conditions that allowed for the appropriate chemical reactions that eventually led to abiogenesis at around 3.5 billion years ago, or possibly even earlier than that. Alternatively, Earth may have just been among the bodies with the appropriate early environmental conditions that allowed panspermic seeding to flourish into the life we see today.

This topical conference on Habitability, the fourth and final installment of the LPI’s The First Billion Years series, focuses on habitability and producing conditions conducive to life, the emergence of life on Earth, the potential for abiogenesis on other solar system bodies, and extensions to extrasolar systems. Continuing with the goal of The First Billion Years initiative, this conference is intended to foster multi- and interdisciplinary discussion on the processes and physical conditions that affected the development of potentially habitable environments during the first billion years, how such environments evolved over time, and how such ideas may be tested with current and future laboratory measurements, field studies, astronomical observations, and spacecraft missions.

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