The astrobiology community extends across the globe. Major programs exist in the United States, many sponsored by NASA, but a growing number of countries are sponsoring astrobiology programs, some with formal ties to the NASA Astrobiology Institute. In addition, there are two peer-reviewed journals in astrobiology, and one major online-publication.
NASA-sponsored astrobiology activities include the NASA Astrobiology Institute (NAI), but also other programs in exobiology and instrumentation development as related to NASA missions.
The biennial, week-long Astrobiology Science Conference (AbSciCon), sponsored by NASA, is attended by up to 1000 scientists, discussing research across all aspects of planetary, biological, and physical sciences, as well as education and outreach activities.
A meeting “for graduate students, run by graduate students”, AbGradCon is a more intimate conference than AbSciCon, usually drawing 100-200 graduate students and other early career scientists together to discuss research and outreach in astrobiology.
A monthly newsletter is distributed by NAI, and anyone can sign up to receive these via e-mail.
Online and Peer-Reviewed Journals
An online “Popular Science”-type of publication covering a very broad range of astrobiology subjects, including origin of life, deep space, solar system, comparative planetology, and exploration. Includes links to extensive media collections.
A professional, peer-reviewed scientific journal covering all aspects of astrobiology. Published in the US by Liebert Publishers. In 2015, the journal celebrated its fifteenth year of publication.
A professional, peer-reviewed scientific journal covering all aspects of astrobiology. Published by Cambridge University Press, the journal started in 2002.
International Astrobiology Organizations