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Call for Abstracts

Abstracts are being solicited which focus on the following topics:

  • Candidate environmental niches for hypothesized Mars extant life
  • Use of terrestrial analogs to prioritize and interpret candidate sites and/or investigation strategies
  • Measuring signatures of present life as we know it
  • Measuring signatures of present life as we don’t know it
  • Strategies for extant life detection that account for forward contamination
  • Testing the hypotheses:  Investigation strategies that require sample acquisition (either in situ or sample return)
  • Testing the hypotheses:  Investigation strategies that don’t require sample acquisition
  •  Instruments and technologies for detecting extant life: strengths, limitations, and projected improvements.
  • Mission Concepts/Strategies (robotic and/or in association with human missions)
  • Other


Abstract Deadline:  Thursday, November 15, 2018,
5:00 p.m. U.S. Central Standard Time (GMT -6)

  • First authors are not limited to submission of only one abstract.
  • No late abstracts will be accepted, regardless of the reason.
  • Abstracts sent by e-mail will not be considered.
  • Abstracts are limited to ONE page.
  • All abstracts must be submitted in PDF format.
  • All abstracts must be submitted in U.S. letter size format (8.5” × 11”) and include a one-inch margin on all four sides; A4 submissions will be rejected by the system.
  • Abstract file sizes must be no larger than 3 MB; larger files will be automatically rejected by the system.
  • If not using the template provided, leave a one-inch margin on all four sides of your document.


Authors are encouraged to start the submission process early so the LPI staff will have time to provide assistance in the event of technical problems. For technical assistance, contact Debbie Mitchell (281-486-2106) or send an e-mail message to publish@hou.usra.edu.

Unable to Produce PDF Files?  Authors who are unable to produce a PDF file may send their source files (must be in Word or PostScript format) to LPI no later than November 8, 2018. A PDF file will be created and returned to the author, but it is the author’s responsibility to submit the PDF file by the time of the abstract deadline. Source files should be sent to publish@hou.usra.edu.

If you need to revise your abstract (prior to the deadline only):  If you discover an error and need to replace your abstract file, or correct the information submitted on the form, return to the abstract submission portion of the meeting portal and click on the “Update” link that appears next to the title of the abstract you submitted.

Preparation and Submission of Abstracts
Step 1:   Download the appropriate template
Step 2:   Write the abstract (no more than one page) using the format shown in the template
Step 3:   Create a PDF file (no larger than 3 MB)
Step 4:   Fill out the electronic abstract submission form and upload the abstract file

Note: All electronic submission forms are part of the 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).