Astrobiology Science Conference 2024 press tips and events

30 April 2024

Rhode Island Convention Center
One Sabin Street
Providence, Rhode Island 02903
5 – 10 May 2024

Press contact:
Liza Lester, +1 (202) 777-7494, [email protected]

WASHINGTON — Media tips and events are available for the 2024 Astrobiology Science Conference (AbSciCon), sponsored by the American Geophysical Union (AGU), to be held in Providence, Rhode Island, 5 to 10 May 2024. The biennial conference brings together a diverse, international astrobiology community to share new research investigating life’s potential, from Earth’s extreme environments and distant past to our solar system’s icy moons and distant exoplanets.

In this advisory:

Press roundtable Q&A sessions

AGU Media Relations will live stream press roundtable events via Zoom Webinar and take questions from remote reporters. Panelists, related abstracts and Zoom Webinar access links are detailed in the online Press Center. The press password will be emailed to all press registrants for AbSciCon24, or email AGU Media Relations at [email protected] for assistance.

How Venus lost its water
Monday, 6 May 11:30 a.m. EDT

Credit: NASA JPL/ Caltech


Billions of years ago, Venus may have harbored just as much water as Earth. Today, almost all of it has disappeared. How the planet lost its water remains a mystery. In a new study, which will be published 6 May in the journal Nature, researchers from the University of Colorado Boulder report that they’ve filled an important gap in this “water story on Venus.” The team will share its findings and describe their implications for Venus and planets across the galaxy. [Note: the related Nature paper is embargoed until 11:00 a.m. on 6 May. For more information, contact Daniel Strain, University of Colorado Boulder press office, [email protected]]

Does Europa, Jupiter’s icy moon, have the ‘right stuff’ to support life? How NASA’s Europa Clipper will help answer that question.
Tuesday, 7 May 11:30 a.m. EDT

illustration of the Europa Clipper spacecraft passing over Jupiter's moon Europa with Jupiter in the background


NASA’s Europa Clipper’s main science goal is to determine whether there are places below the surface of Jupiter’s icy moon, Europa, that could support life. The mission’s detailed exploration of Europa will help scientists better understand the astrobiological potential of icy worlds beyond our planet. Members of NASA’s Europa Clipper team will be available to meet with journalists and answer questions about the mission’s science and engineering as it readies for launch in October 2024.

Tips for press

More about Venus:

More about Europa and our solar system’s icy worlds:

Panspermia and planetary protection:

Extremes of life on Earth

Evolution of life’s toolbox on Earth

What makes a habitable zone:

Can we see life from 12.5 parsecs? Looking for biosignatures on planets far far away:

But can we see climate change from 12.5 parsecs? Looking for technosignatures:

Space voyages for humans:

 Life on Mars:

Bennu — Latest results from the asteroid sample:

Press registration

Staff, freelance and student journalists are eligible to apply for complimentary press registration through the end of the conference. Press officers and institutional writers covering the meeting are also eligible. Learn about AGU’s press eligibility requirements.

Reporters and press officers interested in press registration should email [email protected]. Please include a link to your institution’s staff page, byline or masthead listing your name and position. Freelancers should provide a link to a portfolio or links to at least three bylined science news stories published in the last 12 months. Walk-in press registration will be accepted.

Media access to the meeting is issued at the discretion of AGU Media Relations. All press registrants must provide credentials regardless of whether they have attended in the past. Please email us at [email protected] if you have a question about eligibility, what group you should register under, or other conference questions.

Programming and online access

AbSciCon24 will host daily online discussion sessions at 10 am EDT and a selection of hybrid sessions. Recording of in-person talks will be available 72 hours after the events. The full scientific program is available now. Find hybrid in-person and online sessions by navigating to “browse by day” and select “hybrid” at the top.

Media registrants receive, at no charge, access to all scientific sessions and an on-site press room, along with press events. Some events and activities, including but not limited to invitation-only events and communications workshops, are not open to press registrants.

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