Origins 2023

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Agregar a calendario 2023-07-30 00:00:00 2023-08-04 00:00:00 Origins 2023 Purpose and Scope The International Society for the Study of the Origin of Life (ISSOL) and the International Astronomical Union (IAU) Astrobiology Commission (F3) have the great pleasure of inviting all of those interested in the scientific aspects of the origin of life and the search for life beyond Earth and related issues to attend Origins 2023,. This conference provides an important opportunity for astronomers, biologists, chemists, natural historians, planetary scientists and others to meet and tackle the issue of the transition from non-living systems to the living state and the search for life beyond Earth. Some of the principle aims and goals of the conference are: Understand how planet Earth formed and the possibility that habitable exoplanets could form around other stars Understand how organic matter involved in life’s origin could have been formed and transitioned to a living system; Share new results regarding the physico-chemical environments on the early Earth; Exchange studies on the evolution of life at its earliest stages and identify the traces left in the geological record; Examine the possibility that a similar process could have evolved in other places of the solar system or exoplanets; Consider the philosophical and historical issues associated with the developments of these research approaches. Participation from early career researchers will be particularly welcome at the conference. USFQ campus, in Quito, Ecuador. USFQ no-reply@usfq.edu.ec America/Guayaquil public
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Purpose and Scope

The International Society for the Study of the Origin of Life (ISSOL) and the International Astronomical Union (IAU) Astrobiology Commission (F3) have the great pleasure of inviting all of those interested in the scientific aspects of the origin of life and the search for life beyond Earth and related issues to attend Origins 2023,. This conference provides an important opportunity for astronomers, biologists, chemists, natural historians, planetary scientists and others to meet and tackle the issue of the transition from non-living systems to the living state and the search for life beyond Earth. Some of the principle aims and goals of the conference are:

  • Understand how planet Earth formed and the possibility that habitable exoplanets could form around other stars
  • Understand how organic matter involved in life’s origin could have been formed and transitioned to a living system;
  • Share new results regarding the physico-chemical environments on the early Earth;
  • Exchange studies on the evolution of life at its earliest stages and identify the traces left in the
    geological record;
  • Examine the possibility that a similar process could have evolved in other places of the solar system or exoplanets;
  • Consider the philosophical and historical issues associated with the developments of these
    research approaches.

Participation from early career researchers will be particularly welcome at the conference.

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General Topics

  • Chemistry before planets (molecular clouds, proto-planetary nebulae, small bodies...)
  • Earth in context: formation and evolution of (exo)planetary systems
  • Early Earth systems: atmosphere, lithosphere, ocean
  • From prebiotic chemistry to (proto)biology
  • Astrobiology and the origin of life: history, philosophy, education and outreach
  • Protocells, cells, extremophiles & communities
  • Early traces of life & the co-evolution of Earth and life
  • Searches for habitable environments: from Earth to Exoplanets
  • Searches for evidence of life in the Solar System and beyond

Organizers

Local Organizing Committee:

  • Antonio Lazcano UNAM
  • Arturo Becerra UNAM
  • Jim Cleaves CIW
  • Hervė Cottin LISA/UPEC
  • Carlos Montufar USFQ
  • Diego Quiroga USFQ
  • Patricia Sierra USFQ
  • Ana Teresa Pérez USFQ

Scientific Organizing Committee

  • Jim Cleaves (ISSOL, USA) (Co-Chair)
  • Hervé Cottin (IAU, France) (Co-Chair)
  • John Brucato (IAU, Italy)
  • Aaron Engelhart (ISSOL, USA)
  • Julio Angel Fernandez Alvez (IAU, Uruguay)
  • Misato Fukagawa (IAU, Japan)
  • Paul Higgs (ISSOL, Canada)
  • Zita Martins (IAU, Portugal)
  • Connie Meinert (ISSOL, France)
  • Antonio Lazcano (ISSOL, Mexico)
  • Alicia Negron-Mendoza (ISSOL Mexico)
  • Masatoshi Ohishi (IAU, Japan)
  • Sudha Rajamani (ISSOL, India)
  • Patricio Rojo (IAU, Chile)
  • Nicolle Zellner (ISSOL, USA)
  • Yufen Zhao (ISSOL, China)

Quito

Quito, formally San Francisco de Quito is the capital and the largest city of Ecuador. At an elevation of 2,850 metres (9,350 ft) above sea level, it is the second-highest official capital city in the world, after La Paz, and the one which is closest to the equator.  Quito has a tropical highland climate. Because of its elevation and its proximity to the equator, Quito has a fairly constant cool climate. The average temperature at noon is 18.7 °C (65.7 °F) with a normal night-time low of 9.3 °C (48.7 °F) The annual average temperature is 14 °C (57 °F)  The city experiences only two seasons: dry and wet. The dry season, June through September (4 months) is referred to as summer; the wet season, October through May (8 months) is referred to as winter. Annual precipitation, depending on location, is approximately 1,000 mm (39 in).

It is located on the eastern slopes of Pichincha, an active stratovolcano in the Andes Mountains. With a population of 2,671,191 according to statistical projections (2019), Quito is the most populous city in Ecuador.[5] It is also the capital of the Pichincha province and the seat of the Metropolitan District of Quito.

Due to its geographical location and elevation, Quito receives a great amount of solar radiation, being one of the locations in the planet that receives the most.

The historic center of Quito has one of the largest, least-altered and best-preserved historic centers in the Americas.  Quito and Kraków, Poland, were among the first World Cultural Heritage Sites declared by UNESCO, in 1978. The central square of Quito is located about 25 kilometres (16 mi) south of the equator; the city itself extends to within about 1 kilometre (0.62 mi) of zero latitude. A monument and museum marking the general location of the equator is known locally as la mitad del mundo (the middle of the world), to avoid confusion, as the word ecuador is Spanish for equator.

If you want more information about Quito, please visit this page:

https://quitotravel.ec/en/explore/

Presenters and Abstracts

(coming soon)

Program

(coming soon)

Travel and Venue

The conference will take place at USFQ campus, in Quito, Ecuador.

The map below will show the different rooms and auditoriums that will hold the  conferences.

Mapa USFQ

Transportation

All international flights go through Quito and Guayaquil. Several airlines fly to these two airports from different locations in Europe and North-America, including:

  • Aeroméxico
  • Air Europa
  • American Airlines
  • Avianca
  • Copa Airlines
  • Delta Air Lines
  • Iberia
  • JetBlue Airways
  • KLM
  • LATAM
  • United Airlines
  • Wingo

Local transportation

The Conference will provide transportation from Quito to Cumbaya Valley (USFQ). Buses will depart from hotels in Quito to/from Cumbaya USFQ campus where the conference will take place.

As the conference is not arranging international flights, NO transportation from airport to hotels will be provided. You can take a taxi from the airport to your hotel upon your arrival in Quito airport. Also you can ask for hotel shuttle services when available or offered.

Accomodations

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Dining Options

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Registration

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Important Dates

Activity Date
First announcement Oct 2022
Registration opens Jan 9, 2023
Abstract submission opens Jan 9, 2023
Second announcement Jan 9, 2023
Abstract submission deadline (TBD) 2023
End of early registration (TBD) 2023
Schedule with speakers on web site Jun 18, 2023
End of online registration Jul 15, 2023
Excursion to Galapagos (TBD - before meeting), 2023
Conference Jul 30 - Aug 4, 2023
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For further information regarding the scientific content or meeting details:

For further information regarding registration or meeting details:

Jim Cleaves

Professor, Earth-Life Science Institute, Tokyo Institute of Technology
President, International Society for the Study of the Origins of Life
E-mail: henderson.cleaves@gmail.com

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