NoRCEL is a truly global network of scientists, researchers, students and lay people coming together to work to investigate and fathom some of the most multi-faceted aspects of - and elusive challenges facing the scientific world.
We have an inclusive ethos that is both welcoming and encouraging for everyone of our members.
Starting out with a mission statement almost a decade ago which focusses on promoting the dissemination of research information relating to the chemical evolution of life, our aims have now evolved to include exploring global issues, as in our Blue Earth project, as well as developing educational tools to enable wider access to the field of astroscience, especially in the Global South.

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NoRCEL has been established with the aim of kick-starting a debate amongst those practitioners who are directly involved in the theoretical aspects and experimental studies pertaining to the origin of life, and those scientists who traditionally work in other fields. We encourage you to join the network and come together at our meetings in order to air, share and debate their ideas under one roof. It is our fervent desire that our regular conferences, reports and published papers will assist in expediting a better understanding of the origin of life on the Earth.

News scoop

Multi-instrumental study of a 162173Ryugu Sample (Hayabusa-2 mission, JAXA)

A dark, so-called carbonaceous asteroid, was recently sampled for the first time. History was made when the sampling spacecraft (Hayabusa-2) travelled ~3.2 billion kilometres chasing down this asteroid (known as 162173Ryugu) and returned back to Earth. Our Czech lead consortium is analysing the organic material in 162173Ryugu samples, which makes...

OxR: an instrument for measuring Reactive Oxygen Species in nature

Author(s): Elias Chatzitheodoridis, Christos Georgiou Editorial: Sohan Jheeta Planetary and asteroid surfaces are irradiated by both particle and UV radiation from the Sun, as well as cosmic rays. Micrometeorites continuously induce fine fracturing of minerals. Both processes induce the formation of Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS). ROS are metal superoxides in the form...

Upcoming events

NoRCEL’s BEP 2023 – Is it Time for Planet B?

"Is it time for planet B?" Stephen Hawking proposed a doomsday scenario in which humanity might have as little as 100 years before leaving Earth, while Elon Musk does not want to wait for that long. Is this how we should confront existential threats to our presence on Earth, or...

Upcoming events

NoRCEL’s BEP 2023 – Is it Time for Planet B?

"Is it time for planet B?" Stephen Hawking proposed a doomsday scenario in which humanity might have as little as 100 years before leaving Earth, while Elon Musk does not want to wait for that long. Is this how we should confront existential threats to our presence on Earth, or...

Jobs & Opportunities

Research Assistant/Research Associate in Planetary Volatile Delivery (Fixed Term)

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a postdoctoral position at the Institute of Astronomy, funded by the Leverhulme Centre for Life in the Universe. The post-holder will work collaboratively between the groups of Dr. Amy Bonsor, Institute of Astronomy, Dr Paul Rimmer, Battcock Institute, Cavendish Laboratory and Dr. Auriol...

Postdoctoral position at the University of Padova, Italy: “Characterisation of the binary asteroids Didymos”

There is an opening of a one-year postdoctoral position at the University of Padova, to work on "Physical characterization of the binary asteroid Didymos, target of Dart and Hera space missions and comparison with other Near Earth objects", with the supervision of Prof. M.Lazzarin. The deadline for application is December,...

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Exoplanets at DTU Space

The Exoplanet Group at DTU Space at the Technical University of Denmark, situated in the greater Copenhagen area, invites applications for a three-year postdoctoral fellowship in the area of exoplanets. The Exoplanet Group at DTU Space focuses on detecting and characterizing exoplanets with a particular focus on terrestrial planets through...

Publications

Morphology of Meteorite Surfaces Ablated by High-Power Lasers: Review and Applications

Under controlled laboratory conditions, lasers represent a source of energy with well-defined parameters suitable for mimicking phenomena such as ablation, disintegration, and plasma formation...

Seeking out Moon and Mars superoxides for oxygen farming

The dusty faces of the Moon and Mars conceal unseen hazards for future explorers. Areas of highly oxidising material could be sufficiently reactive that...

Mars: New insights and unresolved questions

Mars exploration motivates the search for extraterrestrial life, the development of space technologies, and the design of human missions and habitations. Here, we seek...

The Way forward for the Origin of Life: Prions and Prion-Like Molecules First Hypothesis

In this paper the hypothesis that prions and prion-like molecules could have initiated the chemical evolutionary process which led to the eventual emergence of...

Molecules to Microbes

Introduction The Network of Researchers on the Chemical Evolution of Life (NoRCEL, formally NoR HGT & LUCA) was formed in 2013 with a view to collate...

The Landscape of the Emergence of Life

Open access publication in Life 2017, 7, 27; https://www.mdpi.com/2075-1729/7/2/27 Introduction The time-frame for life on Earth to emerge was thought to have taken no more than...

The Routes of Emergence of Life from LUCA during the RNA and Viral World: A Conspectus

Open access publication in Life 2015, 5, 1445-1453; doi:10.3390/life5021445 Introduction It is perplexing, the origin of life. This is because understanding the processes of life’s origin...
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