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Formulating answers to the many questions that we consider involves a transdisciplinary approach that utilises ideas and methods from a variety of subjects, such as anthropology, astronomy, biochemistry, biology, chemistry, geology, mathematics, physics, and psychology, and advanced computational and visualisation techniques.

The Origins Institute at McMaster University commenced operations July 1, 2004. The first Director is Ralph Pudritz (from the Department of Physics and Astronomy) and the first Associate Director is Jonathon Stone (from the Department of Biology). Current membership includes faculty members at McMaster University - from the Departments of Anthropology, Biochemistry & Biomedical Sciences, Biology, Mathematics & Statistics, Physics & Astronomy, and Psychology, Neuroscience, & Behaviour, and the School of Geography and Earth Sciences; councilors at Cambridge University, the Santa Fe Institute, and TRIUMF; and fellows at the University of Toronto and Perimeter Institute.
McMaster University is nestled near the Royal Botanical Garden in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. The campus is situated 66 km southwest from Pearson International Airport in Toronto. The campus features a garden-like atmosphere that maintains its beauty throughout the year.

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Recognising that scientific practice is nourished by and involves responsibilities toward the university and public, members conceptualise the Origins Institute as an edifice 'erected' on three intellectual pillars:

1. Science
We conduct transdisciplinary research, run conferences and workshops, and offer positions through a postdoctoral programme.

2. Education
We offer the Origins Research Specialization curriculum for our students to complement studies in their 'home' department through 6 themes:

  • The Origin of Space-Time
  • The Origins of Structure in the Cosmos
  • The Origins of Elements
  • The Origins of Life
  • The Origins of Species
  • The Origin of Humanity

3. Outreach
We run a free colloquium and public lecture series and bring to campus cutting-edge researchers and world-reknowned speakers to meet with our students and engage the public.

Origins Institute at McMaster University, 2004-2009
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