Astrobiology & the Origins of Life
Conference: May 24 - 28, 2005 (Programme)
Workshop: May 30 - June 4, 2005 (Programme)
The then newly formed Origins Institute at McMaster University organized an interdisciplinary conference and workshop over a three-week period in Spring 2005.
New observations of exolsolar planets, search for life in solar system, and advances in genomics and biodiversity make astrobiology one of the most exciting and important emergent topics in modern science. We grouped topics under two themes: Planetary Science and Evolutionary Biology. Talks on these two themes were interwoven during the conference week, with an aim of maximizing the degree of communication between different disciplines.
- Star formation
- Planet formation
- Observations of exosolar planets
- Search for life elsewhere - Mars, Europa ...
- Organic molecules in space and delivery of organics to Earth
- Geochemistry - energy sources for life
Evolutionary Biology Theme
- The tree of life - molecular phylogenetics
- The earliest organisms - origin, evolution, metabolism, fossil evidence...
- Cellular evolution - the origin and evolution of eukaryotic cells and organelles
- Origin and evolution of multicellular life-forms
- Evolutionary theory - complexity, autocatalysis, replicators...
Director of the Origins Institute
Associate Director of the Origins Institute
Paul Higgs and James Wadsley
Department of Physics and Astronomy
Department of Biology
Supported in part by
the Canadian Space Agency