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UCL Symposium on the Origin of Life

The Second UCL Symposium on the Origin of Life | Monday 21 July 2014

   
     

 

About the symposium

The origins of life is one of the biggest, most exciting and most elusive questions in science. Getting at an answer requires skills and expertise from across many disciplines, transcending traditional boundaries between subjects. The UCL Origins of Life Programme brings together researchers from diverse backgrounds and seeks to foment a melting pot of cross-disciplinary ideas and expertise.

The Second UCL Symposium on the Origins of Life is a one-day platform bringing together world-class scientists researching disciplines from planetary sciences to the chemistry of nucleic acids, from bioenergetics to phylogenetics. International speakers are presenting their work alongside prominent researchers from UCL, and the organisers hope that this meeting will serve as inspiration for people working on this subject matter and a wider audience interested in the origin of life on earth. The scientific organisers are Dr Finn Werner and Dr Nick Lane.

Registration and attendance is FREE. All are welcome but please register quickly to guarantee a place.

We are grateful to the following groups for supporting this symposium:

 
  Provisional programme
   
  The Second UCL Symposium on the Origin of Life
Monday 21 July 2014
   
08.50
'An Introduction and welcome'
   
  Session 1: Cosmological and planetary origins
   
09.00
'Cosmological origins'
Dr Francisco Diego, UCL
   
09.30

'Delivery of organics on meteorites from space'
Dr Zita Martins, Imperial College
   
10.00

'Geochemistry of Hadean rocks'
Dr Dominic Papineau, UCL
   
10.30
Tea and Coffee Break
   
  Session 2: Chemical origins of life
   
11.00
Title to be announced
Dr Pierre-Alain Monnard, University of Southern Denmark
   
11.30
'On the chemical origins of RNA'
Dr Matt Powner, UCL
   
12.00
'Synthetic biology of nucleic acid replication'
Dr Philipp Holliger, MRC LMB
   
12.30
Speaker to be announced
   
13.00
Lunch Break
   
  Session 3: Origins of bioenergetics
   
14.30

'Fuel cells, phosphate and the origins of energy'
Dr Terry Kee, University of Leeds
   
15.00

Title to be announced
Dr Armen Mulkidjanian, Universität Osnabrück
   
15.30

Title to be announced
Dr Nick Lane
   
16.00
Tea and Coffee Break
   
  Session 4: Origins of cells
   
16.30

Title to be announced
Dr Martin Embley
   
17.00

Speaker to be announced
   
17.30

Speaker to be announced
18.00

Closing remarks
Dr Finn Werner
   
18.10

Drinks Reception
   
19.30

Special Guest Lecture
Ben Miller, Life in the Universe


 




 

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