Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Frequently asked questions

Is the event venue wheelchair accessible?


Can I submit an abstract for a talk and a poster session?

All are welcome to apply for talks and/or posters . Please keep in mind that the audience for this conference will be highly transdisciplinary, and as such your abstracts and presentations should be written in language geared toward educated non-experts in your field. Avoid unnecessary jargon when possible.

Who is welcome to attend?

Anyone is welcome to register and attend.

We encourage attendance and abstract submissions from anyone interested in joining the conversation, regardless of gender identity.

We highly encourage graduate students, undergraduate students, post-doctoral researchers, professors, industry professionals, and government employees to attend.

How do I get to the conference venue?

The SkySong Innovation Center is located at 1475 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85257. This location is approximately 15 minutes from Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport or the main ASU Tempe campus via car. Free parking is available on site, but we do encourage carpooling or Uber or Lyft if possible.

Is there food nearby?

Yes, there are restaurants near the venue, including vegetarian and vegan options.

Can I obtain a refund on my registration if I am no longer able to attend?

Unfortunately, there are no refunds once payment for registration has been accepted.

Is there a conference hotel?

No special room blocks are reserved, but there are a number of reasonably priced hotels near the conference venue, including:

3 Palms (0.7 miles)

Hampton Inn & Suites Phoenix Tempe (1.6 miles)

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Scottsdale (1.7 miles)

Baymont by Windham Tempe/Scottsdale (2.0 miles)

Aloft Tempe (2.9 miles)

AC Hotel Phoenix/Tempe Downtown (3.4 miles)

Who is organizing this conference?

This conference is organized by Professional Martian, a space outreach company aimed at getting science out of the echo chamber to reach a broader audience. Lead organizers this year are Dr. Tanya Harrison of Arizona State University and Dr. Sara Mazrouei of the University of Toronto.