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The First Billion Years: Habitability - Virtual Panel Discussion

Updated on September 4, 2019 - 4:12 PM CDT
Posted on September 4, 2019 - 1:54 PM CDT

9/11/2019 (Wed) - 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM CDT

Tags: General Public | Tag-up (WebEx / Telecon)

Event information

You are invited to join us for a 60-minute virtual panel reviewing the research presented at The First Billion Years: Habitability conference to be held September 8 – 11 in Big Sky, Montana. The conference will focus around three themes: Habitability, Origins of Life, and the Search for Life Beyond Earth. Presentations during this three-day conference will be given by scientists from a variety of disciplines, including prebiotic chemistry, astrobiology, astrophysics, and geology. Panelists will share their thoughts about the conference presentations and discussions, and respond to your questions! This topical conference on Habitability is the fourth and final installment of the Lunar and Planetary Institute’s The First Billion Years series.

The panelists are:

  • Edgard Rivera-Valentin, Planetary Scientist, USRA/LPI (moderator)
  • Kennda Lynch, Planetary Geomicrobiologist, USRA/LPI
  • Justin Filiberto, Planetary Petrologist and Geochemist, USRA/LPI
  • Abel Mendez, Exoplanet Astronomer, University of Puerto Rico at Arecibo, Planetary Habitability Lab
  • Irena Mamajanov, Prebiotic Chemist, Earth and Life Science Institute 
  • Timothy Lyons, Biogeochemist, University of California Riverside 

To help our panelists, we encourage you to email questions and/or topics you’d like covered during the panel by 12:00 p.m. CDT, Friday September 06. Questions can be emailed to

Choose one of the following options to connect to the virtual panel:

  1. Dial 773.231.9226 – when prompted, enter the Meeting ID: 149 370 8183 OR

  2. Connect online via