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Project Title: Astrobiology Science Strategy for the Search for Life in the Universe

PIN: DEPS-SSB-17-03         

Major Unit:
Division on Earth and Life Studies
Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences

Sub Unit:
Board on Life Sciences
Space Studies Board DEPS

RSO:
Smith, David

Subject/Focus Area:
Biology and Life Sciences; Space and Aeronautics


Astrobiology Science Strategy for the Search for Life in the Universe Meeting #1
January 16, 2018 - January 18, 2018
Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center
100 Academy Dr.
Irvine, California


If you would like to attend the sessions of this meeting that are open
to the public or need more information please contact:


Contact Name: Sarah Brothers
Email: sbrothers@nas.edu
Phone: 202.334.3012
Fax: 202.334.3701


Agenda:


16 JANUARY, 2018
Beckman Center Board Room

OPEN SESSION

Remote Access Information
Link: https://nasem.zoom.us/j/891990927
Dial: +1 (669) 900-6833, +1 (646) 558-8656
Toll-free dial: +1 (877) 853-5257, +1 (855) 880-1246
Meeting ID: 891 990 927

11:30 a.m. Lunch available in the dining room

12:20 p.m. Meeting convenes with opening remarks
                  Barbara Sherwood Lollar, Chair
                  University of Toronto

12:30 p.m. NASA Briefing: Planetary Science & Astrobiology
                  Mary Voytek
                  NASA HQ

1:30 p.m. NASA Briefing: NASA Astrobiology Strategy 2015
                  TBC
                  NASA HQ

2:15 p.m. NASA and the Search for Life beyond the Solar System
                  Douglas Hudgins
                  NASA HQ

3:00 p.m. Discussion with NASA
                  Committee Members & Guests

4:00 p.m. Center for Life Detection
                  Tori Hoehler
                  Ames Research Center, via Zoom

4:30 p.m. NASA NExSS
                  Natalie Batalha
                  Ames Research Center, via Zoom

5:00 p.m. Habitability & Issues with the Term
                  Elizabeth Tasker
                  Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, via Zoom

6:00 p.m. Discussion moves to the dining room for a working dinner

8:00 p.m. Meeting adjourns


17 JANUARY, 2018
Beckman Center Board Room

OPEN SESSION

Remote Access Information
Link: https://nasem.zoom.us/j/319361433
Dial: +1 (669) 900-6833, +1 (646) 558-8656
Toll-free dial: +1 (877) 853-5257, +1 (855) 880-1246
Meeting ID: 319 361 433


9:45 a.m. Break


10:00 a.m. Mars Astrobiology: Recent Findings and Future Approaches
                  Bethany Ehlmann
                  California Institute of Technology

11:00 a.m. Ocean Worlds Roadmap
                  Jonathan Lunine
                  Cornell University

12:00 p.m. Lunch available in the dining room

1:00 p.m. Europa Exploration: Europa Lander Mission Concept
                  Kevin Hand
                  NASA JPL

2:00 p.m. Water, Habitability, and Detectability
                  Steven Desch
                  Arizona State University, via Zoom

3:00 p.m. Break

3:15 p.m. Recent Advances and Near-Future Opportunities in the Study of Planets Orbiting Other Stars
                  David Charbonneau
                  Harvard University

COMMITTEE WILL GO INTO CLOSED SESSION AFTER THE FINAL TALK

18 JANUARY, 2018
Beckman Center Board Room

OPEN SESSION

Remote Access Information
Link: https://nasem.zoom.us/j/960192563
Dial: +1 (669) 900-6833, +1 (646) 558-8656
Toll-free dial: +1 (877) 853-5257, +1 (855) 880-1246
Meeting ID: 960 192 563


7:30 a.m. Breakfast available in the dining room

8:30 a.m. Searching for Life Across Space and Time: A Discussion
                  Committee Members & Guests

9:15 a.m. False Positives
                  Andrew Steele
                  Carnegie Institution for Science, via Zoom

10:00 a.m. Break

10:15 a.m. Agnostic Approaches to Life Detection
                  Sarah Johnson
                  Georgetown University, via Zoom

11:00 a.m. Technosignatures & SETI
                  Jill Tarter
                  SETI

11:45 a.m. General Discussion
                  Committee Members & Guests

12:15 p.m. Lunch available in the dining room

1:30 p.m. The Co-evolution of Life and Biosignatures: A Geochemical Perspective on an Ecological Problem
                  Hilairy Hartnett
                  Arizona State University

2:15 p.m. Break

CLOSED SESSION


Closed Session Summary Posted After the Meeting

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the meeting:
Barbara Sherwood Lollar
Sushil K. Atreya
Alan P. Boss
Paul G. Falkowski
Jack D. Farmer
Olivier Guyon
Gerald F. Joyce
James F. Kasting
Victoria S. Meadows
Philip M. Neches
Carl B. Pilcher
Nilton O. Renno
Britney E. Schmidt
Frances Westall

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:
Scope of charge from sponsor
Community input in the form of white papers
Report to sponsor

The following materials (written documents) were made available to the committee in the closed sessions:
None

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary: February 16, 2018