The Society for Social and Conceptual Issues in Astrobiology (SSoCIA) is a new organization dedicated to rigorous exploration of the many broader issues surrounding astrobiology and space exploration more generally. We are a growing community, with over 150 active members from an array of different areas: academics in natural science, social science, and the humanities; professionals working in both public and private aspects of the space industry; and experts in the communication, education, and science fiction communities. Our goal is to foster serious, thoughtful engagement with these complex issues in an informal and friendly atmosphere.

Our third biannual meeting will be held at the University of Mississippi on March 26-29, 2020.

Proposal abstracts for talks or posters are due by October 15, 2019 (please no UFO papers). See our Call for Papers for more information. Please submit your abstracts, and any questions about the conference, to the program chair: Kelly Smith (

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Exploring Social and Conceptual Issues in Astrobiology and Space Exploration