The Australian Centre for Astrobiology was founded by Prof. Malcolm Walter in July 2001 at Macquarie University, and then moved to the University of New South Wales in 2008. It is the only centre of astrobiological research in Australia and is an Associate Member of the NASA Astrobiology Institute, one of only two in the world. The ACA also has close links with the European Space Agency and other international space agencies and institutions around the world.
The Australian Centre for Astrobiology
ACA member Professor Belinda Ferrari and her team have discovered bacteria in Antarctica living off trace gases in the atmosphere. This has implications for possible micobial life on other worlds in the solar system. See the story here.
ACA Deputy Director, Dr Carol Oliver, made a public presentation at the Australian Academy of Science's Shine Dome as part of the Dawn of the Space Age series. The talk, Australia's role in the search for life on Mars, is on the Academy's YouTube site.
In August a panel of scientists including the ACA Director Martin Van Kranendonk talked about Mars at a special UNSW Big Questions Institute event at the Sydney Opera House. Here is the recording of that event.