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A key goal of NfoLD is to facilitate collaboration and exchange of ideas and dialog across a broad cross-section of the life detection science and technology community.  As such, one of the first priorities of the steering committee was to create a mechanism that enables members of these communities to become part of NfoLD. The ‘Affiliate Member’ designation was established to address this priority.  The purpose of the Affiliate Member program is to facilitate progress toward meeting NfoLD goals and objectives by engaging community members who wish to contribute actively to those pursuits.


Activities and initiatives that contribute to the core NfoLD goals will be developed and pursued by dedicated Action Groups, each of which targets a specific goal. Example group activities include organizing virtual and in-person workshops, development of white papers, resource sharing initiatives, and development of community standards for life detection. Members can affiliate with and contribute to any Action Group. Learn more about the Action Groups, including how to join, here



The purpose of the Early Career council is to foster the development of the next generation of life detection scientists and technologists by providing visibility and engagement in community activities, as well as a forum for identifying and discussing issues specific to early career individuals. Undergraduates, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and early career researchers are all encouraged to join.

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