CRC 235 Emergence of Life

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The Physics of the Emergence of Life

by Munich Institute for Astro- and Particle Physics (MIAPP)

30.08.2021 – 17.09.2021

How life originated on Earth is one of the deepest (and unanswered) questions of humankind. Answers to it will directly connect to another puzzle: are we alone or could life originate elsewhere in the Universe? While the general question is age-old, progress in diverse fields now makes the origins of life problem much more amenable to the scientific method: through astronomical observations and by bottom-up lab experiments that combine astrochemistry, geology, theory, physics and biochemistry.

However, continued progress requires vigorous interdisciplinary dialogue between different fields and a productive engagement between experiments and theory.

The ultimate aim is to uncover the beginning of biology. Life is abundant around us - plants, microbes, larger animals. This was not the case on early Earth. What processes could allow non-living matter to create the evolutionary machinery of replication, mutation and selection? How could life establish itself so robustly? Even though life on earth likely emerged slowly over billions of years, discovering the combination of mechanisms that enable the emergence of self-reproduction and capacity to evolve in the lab may well be possible on human timescales.

Program Coordinators:

Dieter Braun, Job Boekhoven, Paola Caselli, Barbara Ercolano, Erwin Frey, Ulrich Gerland, Oliver Trapp

About the Program:

The Munich Institute for Astro- and Particle Physics (MIAPP) is a center for scientific exchange, providing an interaction environement that is longer than ordinary conferences.

The schedule typically consists of regular seminars, but leaves much time for collaborations and discussions between the participants in a casual, relaxed atmosphere. Every participant is provided with a fully equipped office space in the MIAPP building or the adjacent Cluster building. With this setup MIAPP creates a creative environment, where participants can present their own work, discuss new aspects and work on scientific questions while being away from their daily commitments. Key to the success of this concept is that all participants stay for an extended period of time, i.e. at least one week. The Garching Research Campus with its numerous research institutions as well as its proximity to the city of Munich and the Bavarian Alps offers an inspiring environment.

For more information and registration please visit the Event Page.