The Advisory Council and Science Steering Committee carefully chart activities to stimulate a variety of faculty members, postdoctoral researchers, and graduate and undergraduate students in transdisciplinary research. Research programmes are designed to complement activities at other institutes across the nation and over the world, so that we create new opportunities by building at interfaces among major disciplines and initiatives.

We have identified as long-term objectives developing research programmes in the following origins-related topics:

 origin of life, and astrobiology - extrasolar planetary systems, planet formation, geochemistry, extremophile microbiology, genomics, and exploration for life elsewhere in the solar system (the OI is a member of the Canadian Astrobiology Training Program);

 origin of elements (nuclear astrophysics) - dwarf novae, supernovae, perhaps even novae of exotic new proposed quark stars, and large-scale experiments at Canadian (TRIUMF) and international laboratories;

 origin of space-time (dark matter and dark energy) - cosmology, particle physics, astronomy, mathematics, observations, and experiments;

 origin of humanity - sequencing ancient DNA, human genetics and genomics.

Origins Institute at McMaster University, 2004-2009
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