Université de Strasbourg

Minisymposium - The Chemical Origin of Life: From Geochemistry to Cells

April 16, 2018
From 09:00 until 15:45
Salle de Conférence, ISIS, 8 allée Gaspard Monge, Strasbourg

Organised by Peter Faller (USIAS Fellow 2015) and Joseph Moran, ISIS, Strasbourg, supported by the LabEx CSC and USIAS

Life is the ultimate example of a complex chemical system, and the problem of its origin is one of the most fascinating problems in science. The intrinsically multidisciplinary nature of the “origin of life” question means that awareness and communication between bordering disciplines is critical to progress. Life ultimately builds up its biomass from small molecules using chemical or photochemical energy found within its environment, and is thus intimately embedded within geochemistry. This symposium will try to highlight the connections between principles of self-organisation, chemistry, geochemistry, and the biochemistry of the earliest organisms.


09:00-10:00 The energy expansions of evolution
Dr. Olivia P. Judson, Imperial College London, UK & Freie Universität Berlin, Germany
10:00-11:00 The physiology and habitat of the first cells on Earth
Professor William F. Martin, University of Düsseldorf, Germany
11:15-12:15 Metabolism before enzymes
Dr. Joseph Moran, University of Strasbourg, France
13:30-14:30 Life between the sheets: Layered minerals in early Earth chemistry
Professor H. Chris Greenwell, University of Durham, UK
14:45-15:45 The contributions of organic chemistry, thermodynamics and kinetics as drivers for the origin of life 
Dr Robert Pascal, University of Montpellier, France

For more information, please contact:

Peter Faller (pfaller@unistra.fr) - Joseph Moran (moran@unistra.fr)

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