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BEP2024

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

NoRCEL’s next BLUE EARTH PROJECT EVENT: BEP2024

In this next BLUE EARTH PROJECT event, BEP2024, our panel of experts question the wisdom of Homo Sapiens when life everywhere seems insane.

Kavli – IAU Symposium (IAUS387)

From our origins, humans have been inspired by pinpoints of light in the night sky. They cause us to wonder about our existence. Who are we? What are we doing here? Where did we come from? And, where are we going? The physicist Enrico Fermi famously asked “Where is everybody?”...

News scoop

Bob Bruner’s 2023 Exhibit NoRCEL

R. B. Bruner, a Denver Museum of Nature and Science volunteer and life-origins enthusiast, has updated his collection on "Meteorites and Minerals associated with the Origin of Life", which he exhibits in conferences around the world. Please check the following page: Meteorites and Minerals associated with the Origin of Life

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 next BLUE EARTH PROJECT EVENT: BEP2024

In this next BLUE EARTH PROJECT event, BEP2024, our panel of experts question the wisdom of Homo Sapiens when life everywhere seems insane.

Kavli – IAU Symposium (IAUS387)

From our origins, humans have been inspired by pinpoints of light in the night sky. They cause us to wonder about our existence. Who are we? What are we doing here? Where did we come from? And, where are we going? The physicist Enrico Fermi famously asked “Where is everybody?”...

Jobs & Opportunities

Postdoctoral position in Research on Active Asteroids – Hera Mission

The Institute for Geophysics and Extraterrestrial Physics of the TU Braunschweig (Germany) is looking for a postdoctoral scientist to carry out competitive research on active asteroids and related solar system bodies, including but not limited to preparing strategies and tools to exploit telescope archives for this purpose. The position...

3 (three) Research Fellowships for PhD students in the field of Planetary Systems – Exoplanet research

This call for applications will remain open from the 16th of January until the 17th March 2023. We are looking for applicants who are enthusiastic about learning and tackling new scientific challenges, as well as willing to work within a team in an international environment.

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...

Publications

Bob Bruner’s Meteorites and Minerals Exhibit

Here is the story: It is commonly accepted that you need three conditions for life to start: A source of Organic Molecules A solvent (water...

The Gap Map and Grothendieck’s Rising Sea

Mathematician Alexander Grothendieck, whose work is considered abstract even by mathematical standards, once described two ways of solving problems. The first takes the idea...

Evolution of proteome based on the evolution of genetic code

The evolution of species by means of natural selection can be modelled in a "tree of life" (ToL) that can be traced backwards in...

The asteroid belt

The asteroid belt, a region located between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter, is composed of millions of rocky objects ranging in size from...

What isn’t Life?

For centuries, mankind has struggled with the problem of defining life. Just what is it? What makes it different from things that are not...

Are We the First: Was There Life Before Our Solar System?

The enduring question is: “Are We the First?” From what we already know of chemistry—especially that of carbon and water—it is highly probable that...

Searching for life on Venus

Venus is the closest planet to the Earth and the brightest celestial body after the Sun and the Moon...
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