Science of Early Life

Science of Early Life Conference 2018June 24 - 27, 2018
Origins Institute, McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada

This interdisciplinary conference will present leading research in the Origins of Life, covering experimental, observational, and theoretical aspects.

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  • Astrochemistry
  • Prebiotic Chemistry
  • RNA World
  • Life in the Laboratory
  • Computational and Mathematical Modelling
  • Linking Geology and Chemistry

The conference will highlight the new Origins of Life Laboratory at McMaster, which has facilities for investigation of nucleic acid and membrane biochemistry and biophysics in controlled environments that simulate conditions on the early Earth and other planets. We wish to initiate research collaborations involving these new facilities. There will be a School for Graduate Students on Sun 24th June - The RNA World in Theory and Practice.


Steven Benner - Foundation for Applied Molecular Evolution.
Irene Chen - University of California Santa Barbara
Tamas Czaran - Eötvös University, Budapest
David Deamer - University of California Santa Cruz
Thomas Henning - Max Planck Institute for Astronomy, Heidelberg.
Marie-Christine Maurel - Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris.
Philippe Nghe - ESPCI, Paris.
Maikel Rheinstadter - Origins Institute, McMaster University, Hamilton.
Lynn Rothschild - NASA Ames
Dimitar Sasselov - Harvard-Smithsonian center for Astrophysics
Peter Tieleman - University of Calgary
Oliver Trapp - Dept of Chemistry, Ludwig Maximilians Universität, Munich
Organizing committee: Paul Higgs, Ralph Pudritz, Maikel Rheinstadter, Thomas Henning.


We are grateful for sponsorship from the following organizations:


McMaster Science            Biophysical Society


Life             MDPI


The Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences