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The newly established Origins Center (http://www.origins-center.nl) in the Netherlands will be kicked off this summer during the Fundamentals of Life in the Universe Symposium.
The origin of life, on Earth and elsewhere, is a topic that fascinates the public, and which is ideally suited to bring together scientists from various disciplines.
On August 31st and September 1st, we organize a two-day symposium, covering a wide spectrum of topics, from planetary evolution to the fabrication of synthetic cells.
1. The origin of the Earth and of life
2. Predicting the evolution of life
3. Building and directing life from molecule to biosphere
4. Life in extraterrestrial environments
5. Emergence and bridging of temporal and spatial scales
Besides invited talks, the conference includes a keynote lecture by Ben Feringa (2016 Nobel laureate in chemistry), and a public lecture by Charley Lineweaver. We invite participants from the fields including chemistry, geosciences, biology, astronomy, and physics to submit abstracts for our poster sessions. The program also includes opportunities for cross-disciplinary networking.
Fundamentals of Life in the Universe Symposium.
dates: Aug 31-Sept 1, 2017
location: Groningen, the Netherlands.
registration deadline: April 30, 2017.
For more information: http://www.rug.nl/research/gbb/education/origins/