Welcome to the Autumn 2023 Astrobiology Colloquium Series! Tuesdays, Location PAA 102 at 3:00pm.

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.

We are planning for in-person presentations, meetings, and receptions held on campus. **Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we will simultaneously live stream the presentations via Zoom and (when permitted by the speaker) record and post to our YouTube channel**

Date Speaker Title of Talk
10/10/2023Jim Davenport and Miles Currie James Davenport will present “Searching the SETI Ellipsoid” and Miles Currie will present “There’s more to life than O2: Assessing the detectability of biosignatures and environmental context for high resolution spectroscopy of terrestrial exoplanets”
10/17/2023Linda Sohl
Columbia University
"Looking Ahead to the Future of Exoplanet Climate Modeling"
10/24/2023Asmaa Boujibar
Western Washington University
"The origin of Mercury’s structure and chemical composition and their astrobiological implications"
10/31/2023Astrobiology Postdoc
Fabian Klenner UW Earth and Space Sciences
"Ice Grains from Enceladus and Europa as Carriers of Potential Life "
11/07/2023Astrobiology Research Rotations:
Pete Wynn and Andrew Shumway
"A Martian Goes to Venus: Using FTIR Spectroscopy to Understand Hot, Dense CO2 Atmospheres" and "Burning Questions: Did the K-Pg Impact Event Ignite Global Wildfires?"
11/14/2023Derek Richardson
University of Maryland
"DART: Successful Deflection of an Asteroid by a Kinetic Impactor"
11/21/2023Randi Bundy
UW Oceanography
"Microbial iron acquisition and adaptations at hydrothermal vents"
11/28/2023Heather Graham
NASA Goddard
12/05/2023Dan Shim
Arizona State University
"Title: Building a Wet Planet from Dry Materials"

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!