The ACA's film Life on Earth - and Mars? has been selected for the SCINEMA International Film Festival. SCINEMA is the largest science film fesitval in the southern hemisphere, and shows the best in science cinema from around the world.
Two PhD projects are available to be filled at the Australian Centre for Astrobiology, under the supervision of ACA director Prof. Martin Van Kranendonk, and internationally recognised expert on the early Earth and on early life.
ACA PhD student Yi-Ling Hwong has won an Outstanding Student Presentation Award for the social media paper she gave at the American Geophysical Union's Fall Meeting in New Orleans in December. It is the second year running that Yi-Ling has won this prestigious award given to only 5% of the total number of student presentations.
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.
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