The origin of life, on Earth and elsewhere, is a topic which fascinates the public, and which is ideally suited to bring together scientists from various disciplines. On August 31st and September 1st, a two-day symposium is being organised, called 'Fundamentals of Life in the Universe', covering a wide spectrum of topics, from planetary evolution to the fabrication of synthetic cells. The topics of the meeting are:
- The origin of the Earth and of life
- Predicting the evolution of life
- Building and directing life from molecule to biosphere
- Life in extraterrestrial environments
- 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 expect 150-200 participants from the fields of chemistry, geosciences, biology, astronomy, and physics. Participants will be able to present their own research in the form of posters in a dedicated session. The program also includes opportunities for cross-disciplinary networking.
The symposium will be held in the Energy Academy Building on the Zernike Campus in Groningen.
9747 AG Groningen
Phone: +31 (0)50 3635555 (reception)
€ 75,- Early Bird registration until: March 15th, 2017
€ 100,- Late registration until: April 15th, 2017
The deadline for registration is April 15th, 2017 (be aware that there is a limited capacity of 180 participants).The registration fee includes conference attendance, lunches, coffee breaks and a conference dinner.