Welcome to ASB9, the next meeting of the Astrobiology Society of Britain

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of ASB, this community meeting aims to bring together researchers working across the diverse fields that comprise UK astrobiology, share cutting edge research and build new collaborations that look forward to the coming years. The two day meeting will include science presentations and community buidling opportunities.



Location: Clore Management Centre, Birkbeck, University of London

Conference Dates: 7th and 8th of September 2023

The full programme is now available here

ASB / Scientific Organising Committee:

Mark Fox-Powell (The Open University - ASB Committee Chair)

Charles Cockell (University of Edinburgh)

Claire Cousins (University of St. Andrews)

Lewis Dartnell (University of Westminster)
Corentin Loron (University of Edinburgh)

Louisa Preston (MSSL, University College London)

Andrew Rushby (Birkbeck, University of London)

David Slade (The Open University)

Local Organising Committee:

Andrew Rushby (Birkbeck, University of London)
Ian Crawford (Birkbeck, University of London)
Matt Kimberley (Birkbeck, University of London)
Hannah Woodward (Birkbeck, University of London)
Karen Anne Devoil (Centre for Planetary Sciences at UCL/Birkbeck)
Jo Fabbri (Centre for Planetary Sciences at UCL/Birkbeck)
Mark Lee (Birkbeck, University of London)
Georgina Craig (Birkbeck, University of London)

Code of conduct

We value the participation of everyone at this event and want all attendees to have an enjoyable and fulfilling experience. Accordingly, all attendees are expected to show respect and courtesy to other attendees and staff and agree to the code of conduct upon registration and attendance.

This meeting will be a harassment-free environment for everyone, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, nationality, religion. We do not tolerate harassment of attendees in any form.



Participants asked to stop any harassing behaviour are expected to comply immediately. Attendees violating these rules may be asked to leave the event, without a refund of any charge that may have been levied.

Thank you for helping make this a welcoming, respectful space for all.



If you experience or witness breaches of the code of conduct, please contact any member of the ASB Committee or LOC (listed above). They can be recognised at the meeting through special nametags. 

Covid-19 policy

Currently, there are no legal restrictions or university mandates on ASB9 participants regarding COVID-19 measures; any changes will be posted on this website.


Nevertheless, the conference organisers are well aware of the impact the COVID-19 pandemic had, and continues to have, on our community. Although the LOC cannot and will not enforce mask wearing, we strongly encourage all attendees to take relevant precautions to keep themselves and others safe.