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USFQ Galápagos

The International Society for the Study of the Origin of Life (ISSOL) has the great pleasure of inviting all interested in the scientific aspects of the origin of life and related issues to attend the XIXth International Conference on the Origin of Life. This conference provides an important opportunity for chemists, biologists, planetary scientists, astronomers, and others to meet and tackle the issue of the transition from non-living systems to the living state. Some of the principle aims and goals of the conference are to:

  • Understand how organic matter involved in this transition 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 its traces left in the geological record;
  • Understand whether similar processes could have occurred elsewhere in the solar systemor on exoplanets;
  • Consider the philosophical and historical issues associated with the developments of this research.

Participation by early career researchers is particularly welcome at this conference.

General Topics

  • Exoplanet research from an origins of life perspective
  • The search for life in the solar system
  • Meteorites, comets, and the fate of their organic matter
  • Conditions for life’s origin on the early Earth
  • The environmental context and traces of early life on Earth
  • The formation and evolution of organics on the early Earth
  • The role of minerals in the fate of organic matter and chemical evolution
  • Chemical evolution toward the transition to life
  • Self-organization and prebiotic molecular systems
  • The interplay of molecular subsystems for the origin of life: fatty acids or other compartment-forming systems/amino acids/nucleotides
  • Early metabolism and the development of compartmentation
  • Genetic information and function in the early stages of life
  • Evolution: The driving force for evolution at the chemical and biological stage
  • Evolution before and after LUCA
  • The evolution of metabolism
  • Competition, cooperativity, complexity, and ecology
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