1st Latin American Colloquium

The latest initiative of our network is to create science hubs across the continents. The first, focussing on Latin and South America is organised by Miryam Palacios Perez from Mexico, with the support of Savio de Torres Farias from Brazil. Regardless of the fact that these areas are still continuously developing and evolving, nevertheless, there are many exceptional and world-renowned scientists who hail from the region. It is in this context that NoRCEL has initiated the Latin America Hub (LAHUB): to bring together the vast knowledge...

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.

Become a member of NoRCEL !

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.

Upcoming and recent events

Frontiers of Science VI – “Cosmic Life: Get to know your neighbours today!”

"WOW!": They phoned home on August 15, 1977! Cosmic Life: Get to know your neighbours today!" Date: Saturday, 12th March 2022 A virtual event.  In association with the Astrobiology Society of Britain (ASB), the Royal Society of Biology (RSB), the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), and NoRCEL, we present: Kevin Devine, London Metropolitan University: "An...

NoRCEL’s Blue Earth Project 2022 Virtual Event (BEP2022)

At NoRCEL’s Blue Earth Project, we ask: “Is humanity settling its own fate on ecological survival?”. What challenges does the rise in global human population pose for the future of humanity by changing the ecology and environment of our home planet Earth? To try and address these serious issues,...

Upcoming events

Frontiers of Science VI – “Cosmic Life: Get to know your neighbours today!”

"WOW!": They phoned home on August 15, 1977! Cosmic Life: Get to know your neighbours today!" Date: Saturday, 12th March 2022 A virtual event.  In association with the Astrobiology Society of Britain (ASB), the Royal Society of Biology (RSB), the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), and NoRCEL, we present: Kevin Devine, London Metropolitan University: "An...

NoRCEL’s Blue Earth Project 2022 Virtual Event (BEP2022)

At NoRCEL’s Blue Earth Project, we ask: “Is humanity settling its own fate on ecological survival?”. What challenges does the rise in global human population pose for the future of humanity by changing the ecology and environment of our home planet Earth? To try and address these serious issues,...

Latest news

1st Latin American Colloquium

The latest initiative of our network is to create science hubs across the continents. The first, focussing on Latin and South America is organised by Miryam Palacios Perez from Mexico, with the support of Savio de Torres Farias from Brazil. Regardless of the fact that these areas are still continuously...

Sponsored student: Masauko Utila from Malawi

There is nothing like the pleasure one gets when helping someone to achieve their life’s goals. Masauko Utila is from Malawi, recognised to be one of the poorest countries in Africa (and the world) and which has lowest graduate training programmes and university intake. Both I and Prof. Nigel...

The NoRCEL Gap Map Project

The “NoRCEL gap map” is a project of the Network of Researchers on the Chemical Evolution of Life (NoRCEL). Unlike a review that discusses what we know, the NoRCEL gap map aims at being a community effort for identifying and discussing what we don’t know about universal biology. Please, check...

Announcing the “NoRCEL Blue Earth Project”

Life is subject to continuous co-evolution with its environment. While planet Earth provides the conditions that permits life to exist, life itself alters these conditions. This process regularly involves the extinction of species—to date there have been no less than 5 mass such extinctions. The present—day question is: “Does humanity...

NoRCEL’s Blue Earth Project 2022 Virtual Event (BEP2022)

At NoRCEL’s Blue Earth Project, we ask: “Is humanity settling its own fate on ecological survival?”. What challenges does the rise in global human population pose for the future of humanity by changing the ecology and environment of our home planet Earth? To try and address these serious issues,...

Opportunities

ESA’s Space Science Faculty: 12 RESEARCH FELLOWSHIPS IN SPACE SCIENCE

ESA's postdoctoral Research Fellowship programme offers early-career scientists and engineers the possibility to carry out research in a variety of disciplines related to space science, space applications or space technology. Research Fellowships in Space Science specifically offer the opportunity to contribute to ESA's endeavour to explore our Solar System and the Universe in...

“Astronomy-for-Development” Remote Fellowships

The Office of Astronomy for Development (OAD), a joint partnership of the International Astronomical Union and the South African National Research Foundation, seeks inspired individuals from any relevant background for its fellowship program. These fellowships can be carried out either remotely or, in some cases, on site in Cape Town....

Articles & Papers

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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