The Astrobiology Graduate Conference
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Conference Venue:
AbGradCon will be held at the Condado Plaza Hotel, in San Juan, Puerto Rico (see the main Bioastronomy venue page ( for more information). Talks and panel discussions will be held in a 70-person conference room, with lunch on Sunday served outdoors if possible. The location for dinners and the ice-breaker are yet to be determined.

Rooms can be booked at the Condado Plaza Hotel for the conference rate of $130 through MWT Associates -- Tel: (408)279-5589, Email: There are several other hotels nearby with similar rates if the Condado is filled up; contact us for more information if necessary. If you are waiting on travel support, make sure to not pay for your hotel room until you arrive -- we can only pay the hotel or travel agency, not reimburse you.

Room sharing:
If you are interested in sharing a room to save money, please see the Bioastronomy room sharing web page ( Note that any travel support will only pay for half of a hotel room.

Air Travel Information:
Please book your airline tickets to Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport (SJU) in San Juan; prices range from $200 - $400 at the moment. Passports are not required for travel from the US, but if you are traveling to other countries you will need a passport to re-enter the United States. If we receive travel funds to support airfare, it will be easier to purchase a ticket for you, so delay purchasing your ticket if you are in dire need of travel funding.

Travel Funding:
We are awaiting news of funds to support airfare, food and lodging; however, nothing is currently locked in. If travel support funds are secured, they will be offered to those chosen as speakers. Hotel rooms will be supported first (2 people to a room), then per diem for food, then airfare, depending on levels of funding. Please register and submit an abstract, and you will be contacted with further information.

We may plan a group trip for the Friday or Friday night before AbGradCon (July 13th); please see the Bioastronomy Conference Tours ( for descriptions of possible trips. Make sure to register and check back for further information.