Please join us ‘down under’ for one, the other, or both events in mid-year 2018
Event 1 – Astrobiology Australasia Meeting, Rotorua, New Zealand, 25-29 June, 2018
New Zealand — A Meeting and Travel Destination in Middle Earth
The next Astrobiology Australasia Meeting (AAM 2018) will be held 25-26 June, 2018 in Rotorua, New Zealand, organised by Haritina Mogosanu (New Zealand Astrobiology Network) and Professor Kathy Campbell (University of Auckland). Talks and posters on current topics in astrobiology will be followed by a three day field trip to the diverse and spectacular geothermal features of the central North Island’s Taupo Volcanic Zone (2Ma-present). The TVZ is one of the most active volcanic regions on the planet, complete with its own supervolcano and high geothermal heat flux. Hot springs of varied fluid compositions will be visited, including the world renowned, Au-bearing Champagne Pool and the colourful microbial mat-draped, fault-bounded sinter terraces of Orakei Korako, to mention only two. New Zealand is also famous amongst astronomy buffs for its South Island Dark Skies and wide open views of the Milky Way, and amongst marine scientists for its extreme environments offshore – hydrothermal vents, hydrocarbon seeps and gas hydrates. Visitors to New Zealand, ...