Astrobiology 2017
Research meeting by IAU’s commission F3

November 26th – December 1st, 2017.

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What is it?

Astrobiology is an interdisciplinary subject at the frontier of science.  Current research in astrobiology draws researchers from the fields of astronomy, space science, chemistry, biology, geology, humanities, sociology and ethical issues.

Many astronomers in the subfields of star formation, solar system studies, astrochemistry and others, tend to gather around Astrobiology. Science goals of new generation telescopes such as ALMA, SKA, TMT, GMT, E-ELT include search for prebiotic molecules, and detection of bio-signatures in the ever growing sample of extrasolar planets, many of which reside in the habitable zones. Even dedicated flagship space missions have been commissioned, such as the wildly successful Kepler mission, which alone has discovered about 2,000 extrasolar planets, or the soon to be launched TESS and CHEOPS missions.

After the successful joint meeting with ISSOL in Nara, Japan in 2014, the IAU Commission F.3 will meet again in the beautiful town, Coyhaique, Chile in November, 2017.  This key meeting fosters interdisciplinary collaborations for the advancement of Astrobiology, welcoming researchers from disciplines as diverse as astrophysics, biology, geology, humanities, and sociology, among others.

Reasons to Attend

Engaging talks

Invited talks from leading researchers in the field will present state of-the-art results from all the disciplines. Tens of talks contributed by the scientific community will provide a wealth of information and will fuel provocative discussions.


Astrobiology is one of the most multidisciplinary areas of knowledge these days. The meeting will provide prime opportunities to meet and connect with peers from different disciplines.

Welcome To Patagonia

At the southern frontier, you will be surrounded by an exotic and beautiful wilderness that holds a truly scientific and ecological treasure. In this remarkable corner of the continent, our delegates will have the opportunity to trek around majestic hills, climb snowy peaks, flyfish in pristine rivers, sail through caverns in Chile’s largest lake and contemplate marvelous glaciers.

Welcome Messages

On behalf of the scientific organizing committee, I would like to welcome participants to the Astrobiology conference held in Coyhaique, Chile. The astrobiology community in the IAU has the tradition to hold a series of scientific meetings every three years. The former two meetings (in 2011 and 2014) were held jointly with “the International Society for the Study of the Origin of Life – The International Astrobiology Society” (ISSOL). Since the ISSOL has decided to hold its scientific meetings separately from the IAU, the Coyhaique conference is organized by the IAU Commission F.3 (Astrobiology) only, as a successor to the former Commission 51 (Bioastronomy).

The Coyhaique conference is the first one held in the southern hemisphere in the history of the series of the astrobiology meetings, which was realized by the invitation from our Chilean colleagues. I would like to express my sincere appreciation to the Local Organizing Committee in Chile. Finally I believe that the conference will be a very good opportunity for relevant researchers worldwide, especially in South America, in exchanging new insights in astrophysics, biology, geology, humanities, and sociology, among others.

Dr. Masatoshi Ohishi, Chair of the Scientific Organizing Committee, Vicepresident Commission F3, National Astronomical Observatory of Japan.

On behalf of the organizing committee, it will be a great pleasure to welcome you to beautiful Coyhaique, Chile. IAU’s commission F3 will meet again at Astrobiology 2017, bringing together leading scientists from a variety of disciplines to exchange state-of-the-art techniques and to discuss the newest results towards the understanding of life in the universe. Coyhaique, surrounded by unique natural treasures, will certainly be a source of inspiration for such an endeavor. Coastal permanent ice fields and breathtaking hikes are found in close proximity to the city.

I invite you to explore this website to find out more about Astrobiology. You can also register with your email to receive up-to-date news about the conference.

Looking forward to see you next year in Coyhaique!

Dr. Patricio Rojo, Chair of the Local Organizing Committee, Universidad de Chile.

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Latest News
30 December, 2016

First announcement has been released by Dr. Masatoshi Ohishi, Vice president of the Commission F3 and chair of the Scientific Organizing Committee of Astrobiology 2017:

14 December, 2016

Hi there! Don’t forget to download and share our official poster! Get it here!

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