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Molecular Origins of Life – CAS Conference 2018

11.10.2018 – 12.10.2018

11 - 12 October 2018 | Literaturhaus München | | Poster (375 KByte)

CAS Researcher Groups – Logo This conference takes place in the context of the CAS Research Group "Recreating the Origins of Life" led by Dieter Braun.

Poster "Molecular Origins of Life" This conference will pose one of the most fundamental questions of science, namely how life was able to originate on Earth. With more than 25 lectures and 100 participants, the international conference Molecular Origins of Life will bring together scientists from biophysics, astrophysics and chemistry as well as from further relevant fields. Only the combined effort from renowned experts 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: how did the very first genetic material in lifeforms develop? How can Darwinian evolution emerge? Which chemicals could serve as precursors for the synthesis of living systems on Earth and on other planets? The conference's aim is to represent and to discuss the state of the art of the origin of life field.

Confirmed Speakers

  • Laurie Barge (California Institute of Technology, USA)
  • Job Boekhoven (TU Munich, Germany)
  • Thomas Carell (LMU Munich, Germany)
  • Irene Chen (UC Santa Barbara, USA)
  • André Estevez-Torres (Sorbonne Université, France)
  • François Guyot (Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle, Paris, France)
  • Phil Holliger (MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, UK)
  • Saidul Islam (University College London, UK)
  • Moritz Kreysing (MPI of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics, Germany)
  • Niles Lehman (Portland State University, USA)
  • Andrei Lupas (MPI for Developmental Biology, Germany)
  • Sheref Mansy (University of Trento, Italy)
  • Christof Mast (LMU Munich, Germany)
  • Shawn McGlynn (ELSI of Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan)
  • Cornelia Meinert (Université Nice Sophia Antipolis, France)
  • Stephen Mojzsis (University of Colorado, USA)
  • Sijbren Otto (University of Groningen, The Netherlands)
  • Robert Pascal (University of Montpellier, France)
  • Matthew Pasek (University of South Florida, USA)
  • Frank Postberg (Universtiy of Heidelberg, Germany)
  • Matt Powner (University College London, UK)
  • Clemens Richert (University of Stuttgart, Germany)
  • Dimitar Sasselov (Harvard University, USA)
  • Dora Tang (MPI for Cellular Molecular Biology and Genetics, Germany)

Literaturhaus München, Salvatorplatz 1, 80333 München | Directions

Conference Program
The conference will start on Thursday, 11 October 2018 at 8.30 a.m. and end on Friday, 12 October 2018 at 5 p.m. | Program (84 KByte)

The standard poster format is A0 (841 mm × 1189 mm) upright. The poster session takes place on Thursday from 3.05 p.m. to 4.35 p.m. | Abstract Booklet (1,6 MByte)

There is no registration fee. Only participants who will present a poster need to register for the conference, however, to estimate the number of participants, please register voluntarily: Email

Lunch and Dinner
No lunch and dinner are offered at the conference site. There are many restaurants in walking distance.

Scientific Organizer
Dieter Braun (LMU Munich, CAS Research Group "Recreating the Origins of Life")

Center for Advanced Studies LMU

Financial Support
The CAS Conference on Molecular Origins of Life is in part financially supported by the Simons Foundation.

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Max-Planck-Forum "An den Wurzeln des Lebens" on 12 October 2018 | Flyer (1,6 MByte)