Welcome to the Fall 2021 Astrobiology Colloquium Series!

UWAB hosts a biannual colloquium series every spring and fall, featuring speakers from both UW and other institutions presenting on a wide range of astrobiology related topics. Here, you can find the schedule for upcoming colloquia and seminars, as well as an archive of abstracts and live recordings of past events.  

If you would like to be notified about upcoming events, you can request to be added to our events mailing list.

**Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Autumn 2021 Colloquium Series will be Subject to change. There will be some in-person presentations, meetings, and receptions held on campus. All other presentations will be live streamed via Zoom and (when permitted by the speaker) recorded and posted to our YouTube channel**

Date Speaker Title of Talk
10/12/2021Alyssa Rhoden
Arizona State University, Southwest Research Institute - Boulder
"Mimas, that’s no (ocean) moon! Or is it?”
10/19/2021Mohit Melwani Daswani, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute for Technology“Metamorphic origins for the oceans of Europa and Ceres”
10/26/2021Ravi Kopparapu, Planetary Scientist at NASA Goddard Space Flight CenterThe M-dwarf Opportunity: Characterizing Nearby M-dwarf Habitable Zone Planets
11/02/2021Sara Walker, Arizona State University, Deputy Director of the Beyond Center for Fundamental Concepts in Science, Associate Director of the ASU-Santa Fe Institute Center for Biosocial Complex SystemsPlanetary Systems Biochemistry: Inferring the laws of life at a Planetary Scale
11/09/2021Zac Cooper and Hannah Dawson Graduate Students, UW Oceanography TBD
11/16/2021Johnny Seales, Rice University, Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences TBD
11/23/2021Daniel Apai, University of Arizona, Astronomy and Planetary Sciences, & Astronomy, Steward ObservatoryAlien Earths: The Search for Habitable Worlds around Nearby Stars
11/30/2021Victoria Meadows, Director, UW Astrobiology Program
Principal Investigator, NASA Nexus for Exoplanet System Science
Virtual Planetary Laboratory Team

Live Streaming Presentations:

Beginning in Spring 2020 we have resumed live streaming of the UW Astrobiology Colloquium presentations! To access the live stream each week use this link:


To prevent abuse, all presentations will require a password to join the zoom meeting. Please email astrobio@uw.edu to request access.

Please be aware that the talks in our colloquium series are scientific presentations geared towards the Astrobiology Community. Members of public are welcome to join us, but we will not ask our speakers to go out of their way to make their presentations accessible, or easy to understand, to the non-scientific community.

Archived Presentations:

Missed a video in the last seminar series? See our archive for abstracts and video recordings of past talks from 2003 – 2018, and our YouTube channel for all recorded presentations since then!