6th NoRCEL CONFERENCE: Chemical Informational Universe

Is life nothing but a large network of chemical reactions and cycles, endlessly recycling itself with ever greater complexity? Surely something else is involved! Just as writing communicates knowledge through language so the human genome conveys information to those that can read it...

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 events

6th NoRCEL CONFERENCE: Chemical Informational Universe

Is life nothing but a large network of chemical reactions and cycles, endlessly recycling itself with ever greater complexity? Surely something else is involved! Just as writing communicates knowledge through language so the human genome conveys information to those that can read it...

Conference: 13th International Congress on Extremophiles

18th to 22nd of September, 2022 Loutraki, ATHENS, GREECE The Extremophiles2022 Congress, aims to bring into light all recent updates of basic and applied research on “life in extreme environments”. As a result, the program will include sessions in many aspects of “extremophilic research” including, among others, origin of life, ecology,...

Upcoming events

6th NoRCEL CONFERENCE: Chemical Informational Universe

Is life nothing but a large network of chemical reactions and cycles, endlessly recycling itself with ever greater complexity? Surely something else is involved! Just as writing communicates knowledge through language so the human genome conveys information to those that can read it...

Conference: 13th International Congress on Extremophiles

18th to 22nd of September, 2022 Loutraki, ATHENS, GREECE The Extremophiles2022 Congress, aims to bring into light all recent updates of basic and applied research on “life in extreme environments”. As a result, the program will include sessions in many aspects of “extremophilic research” including, among others, origin of life, ecology,...

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

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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