2024 Exploration and Origins Colloquium

Dear Astrobiology, Origins, and Space Enthusiasts,


The ExplOrigins early career group invites you to join the 2024 Exploration and Origins Colloquium! This colloquium will have events on two days: a poster session on Feb. 8th  (5-6pm) and talks on Feb. 9th. We are thrilled to feature plenary talks by Dr. Jill Mikucki from UT Knoxville and Dr. Masatoshi Hirabayashi from Georgia Tech. 

Talks and the poster session will be held in person at Georgia Tech, with a virtual viewing/presenting option for talks. Our aim is to highlight early career projects that explore, conceptualize, celebrate, and discover pieces of space, life’s origins, and astrobiology from any field in the Atlanta area. Through this colloquium, we hope to:

  • forge relationships between diverse individuals of various fields, experience levels and backgrounds
  • expand our internal awareness of local work and innovations
  • encourage collaboration and interdisciplinary understanding
  • provide a professional growth opportunity for early career individuals including undergraduates, graduates, and post-docs

General registration and abstract submission are through this formAll early career individuals (undergrads, grads, postdocs, research scientists, and more) are highly encouraged to submit abstracts, due by the end of the day January 26th. To prepare your abstract you will need a title, author/affiliation list, and one descriptive paragraph. The announcement of selected speakers and poster presentations will be made on February 1st. 

Thank you for your consideration. We hope to see you there!




The Georgia Tech Astrobiology Fellows

Colin Burnett, Sarah Kingsley, Mohamed Nassif, Chad Pozarycki, Vahab Rajaei, and Jose Luis Ramirez Colon

Update on Astrobiology Program Leadership

Dear Astrobiology Community, 

I hope everyone is having a nice fall semester. It has been a great honor and privilege (and a lot of fun) to serve as co-director of the Georgia Tech Astrobiology Program, with the generous funding from Georgia Tech College of Sciences Sutherland Dean’s Chair over the past several years. I was fortunate to follow in the footsteps of Martha Grover’s excellent leadership of the program. I am now very happy to announce that Frances Rivera Hernández and Christopher Carr will be taking over as Georgia Tech Astrobiology Program co-directors going forward. I will stay on as co-director of the Georgia Tech Astrobiology Graduate Certificate Program.

I’m very proud of the many achievements of this program, including establishment of the Georgia Tech Astrobiology Graduate Certificate Program (with 29 recipients and counting!), GT Astrobiology Fellows Program (with 15 recipients to date), and the Fall Astrobiology Distinguished Speaker Series and Fall Social Event (with 3 highly successful events to date). I am also so impressed by the excellence in programming and organization of the annual ExplOrigins Symposium, the ExplOrigins early career group, and the Planetary Science and Astrobiology Seminar series. Even during the darkest days of the pandemic, this community has grown and thrived, thanks in large part to the incredible work of the early career astrobiology leaders at Georgia Tech. I am very grateful to all of you!

Wishing everyone a very healthy and happy holiday season. 


Jennifer Glass 

Associate Professor

Director, B.S. in Environmental Science Program
School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences & Biological Sciences (courtesy)
Georgia Institute of Technology
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