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Molecular Origins of Life, Munich 2022

CRC 235 Emergence of Life Conference

16.06.2022 – 17.06.2022


The Molecular Origins of Life, Munich conference addresses one of the most fundamental questions of science: How could life originate? With 24 talks by renowned scientists accompanied by Q&A, panel discussions and poster sessions, this international conference brings together scientists from a wide range of disciplines, namely: astronomy, bio-/chemistry, bio-/physics, geosciences and theoretical chemistry and physics. Only the combined effort from various disciplines can be successful in retracing the origins of life under experimental conditions and pave the way towards answering some of the most pertinent questions: What were the conditions on early Earth? Which chemicals could serve as precursors for the synthesis of living systems on Earth and/or on other planets? How did the very first genetic material in life forms develop? How could Darwinian evolution emerge? What were the first metabolic pathways? The conference's aim is to represent and to discuss the state of the art in the Origin of Life field.

Literaturhaus München
Salvatorplatz 1
80333 München

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  • Job Boekhoven, TU Munich, DE
  • Dieter Braun, LMU Munich, DE
  • Moran Frenkel-Pinter, The Hebrew U, IL
  • Ulrich Gerland, TU Munich, DE
  • Dina Grohmann, U Regensburg, DE
  • Amelie Heuer-Jungemann, MPI Biochemistry, DE
  • Paul Higgs, McMaster U, CA
  • David Horning, Salk Inst, USA
  • Toshiko Ichiye, Georgetown U, US
  • Nick Lane, UCL, UK
  • Andrei Lupas, MPI Biology, DE
  • Christof Mast, LMU Munich, DE
  • Sarah Maurer, CCSU, US
  • Kamila Muchowska, U Strasbourg, FR
  • Ulrich Müller, UCSD, US
  • Henrike Niederholtmeyer, MPI Terrestrial Microbio., DE
  • Clemens Richert, U Stuttgart, DE
  • James Saenz, TU Dresden, DE
  • Bettina Scheu, LMU Munich, DE
  • Burckhard Seelig, U Minnesota, US
  • Oliver Trapp, LMU Munich, DE
  • Peter Unrau, SFU, CA
  • Frances Westall, CNRS, FR
  • Cathleen Zeymer, TU Munich, DE