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, we are hosting a one-day online forum, involving experts shining a light on this issue from various perspectives. This latest initiative of the NoRCEL group brings together eminent scientists from around the World who will...

NoRCEL Gap Map

The NoRCEL Gap Map aims at being a community effort for identifying and discussing what we don’t know about "Universal Biology"

Press the 'GapMap' button on the right to contribute with your thoughts via the Airtable web form.

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

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,...

EuroPlanet Workshop: Satellite for Space Science and Technology in Africa

Deadline: 12 November 2021 Travel grant application deadline: 17 October 2021 Registration is now open for the workshop ‘Satellite for Space Science and Technology in Africa‘, which will take place from 15-19 November 2021 in Palapye, Botswana, and online. This first Europlanet WorkshopSeries on Satellite for Space Science and Technology in Africa will bring...

International Frontiers of Sciences 2021 (iFS – Remote Event)

On the Saturday the 6th of November 2021, at 11:40pm to 16:45 pm (GMT), NoRCEL will hold our inaugural International Frontiers of Sciences 2021 event. This invitation is open to all, as well as being free to attend, so we encourage you and anyone else you know who may be interested to register. Please do feel free to share...

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 Venue to be announced soon.  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...

Upcoming events

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,...

EuroPlanet Workshop: Satellite for Space Science and Technology in Africa

Deadline: 12 November 2021 Travel grant application deadline: 17 October 2021 Registration is now open for the workshop ‘Satellite for Space Science and Technology in Africa‘, which will take place from 15-19 November 2021 in Palapye, Botswana, and online. This first Europlanet WorkshopSeries on Satellite for Space Science and Technology in Africa will bring...

International Frontiers of Sciences 2021 (iFS – Remote Event)

On the Saturday the 6th of November 2021, at 11:40pm to 16:45 pm (GMT), NoRCEL will hold our inaugural International Frontiers of Sciences 2021 event. This invitation is open to all, as well as being free to attend, so we encourage you and anyone else you know who may be interested to register. Please do feel free to share...

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 Venue to be announced soon.  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...

Latest news

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,...

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...

International Frontiers of Sciences 2021 (iFS – Remote Event)

On the Saturday the 6th of November 2021, at 11:40pm to 16:45 pm (GMT), NoRCEL will hold our inaugural International Frontiers of Sciences 2021 event. This invitation is open to all, as well as being free to attend, so we encourage you and anyone else you know who may be interested to register. Please do feel free to share...

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...

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

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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