Franco-Australian Astrobiology and Exoplanet School and Workshop

The Franco-Australian Astrobiology and Exoplanet School and Workshop social program will be a time for attendees to catch up with old friends and meet new ones.

Welcome Reception

Gardens Area at Crawford School of Public Policy | 6:00 - 7:30 PM, Sunday, 17 December 2017

ANU Craford School

The Welcome Reception for the Franco-Australian Astrobiology and Exoplanet Workshop will take place in the gardens neighbouring the Crawford School of Public Policy. Drinks and canapés will be provided. The cost for this event is included in the registration fee.


Excursion to Tidbinbilla

Deep Space Communication Complex | 1:00 - 5:30 PM, Tuesday, 19 December 2018

Deep Space Communication Center Tidbinbilla

The CSIRO-managed Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex (CDSCC), will be providing a 2.5-hour tour of the Complex and Visitor Centre. Normally, the public are not allowed onto the NASA Deep Space Network facility (DSN), but we have been allowed a special behind-the-scenes bus and walking tour, which will take in close-up views of the giant antenna dishes that provide two-way radio communications with dozens of robotic spacecraft that are exploring the Solar System and beyond.

Currently supporting over 30 missions, the DSN ensures that the critical science obtained by robotic spacecraft in extreme environments at incredible distances makes it back home to Earth. High profile missions such as the Voyagers, the Mars Rovers, and Hubble as well as dozens of other spacecraft are quietly engaged in work of equal importance that daily increases our understanding of our own small world and the universe.

The tour will conclude in CDSCC’s visitor centre which features exhibits and displays on the past, present and future of space exploration. We will be guided by CDSCC’s Outreach Manager, Glen Nagle, who will provide commentary on the role of the Complex and some interesting insights into the complexities of the work done by CDSCC.

This excursion is capped at 50 attendees so make sure to express your interest when registering as places are limited and it will be on a first in first served basis.

The cost of this event is included in the registration fee (transport to CDSCC from the workshop venue will be provided). You MUST BRING government issued photo identification – driver’s licence or passport (overseas licences and passports are fine).


Workshop Dinner

Mount Stromlo Observatory | 5:30 - 10:00 PM, Tuesday, 19 December 2017

Mt Stromlo Observatory

Mount Stromlo Observatory (MSO) is the headquarters of ANU’s Research School of Astronomy & Astrophysics. MSO has been carrying out astronomical observations for over 100 years and, prior to the 2003 firestorm, had grown from a small outpost of pioneering astronomers to one of the great observatories of the world.

Upon arrival, we will take a walking tour of the MSO and learn about one of Canberra’s oldest sites. Then, the workshop attendees will enjoy a three-course meal. The cost for this event is included in the registration fee (transport to the dinner from the conference venue will be provided).

Crawford School of Public Policy

132 Lennox Crossing, Canberra, ACT, Australia

Astrobiology & Exoplanet School

16 - 17 December 2017

Astrobiology & Exoplanet Workshop

18 - 20 December 2017

Our Sponsors

Australian National University College of Science Research School of Astronomy & Astrophysics Research School of Earth Sciences
Embassy of France in Australia Australian-French Association for Research and Innovation Paris Sciences et Lettres Research University

16 - 20 December, 2017

Crawford School of Public Policy,
132 Lennox Crossing,
Canberra, ACT, Australia