International Frontiers of Sciences 2021 (iFS – Remote Event)

On the Saturday the 6th of November 2021, at 12:00pm and 16:00 pm (GMT), NoRCEL will be holding our inaugural International Frontiers of Sciences 2021 event. We are doing this as a way of extending the scope of knowledge of origin of life sciences across the World, by sharing our research and ideas with...

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.

NoRCEL Projects

Upcoming events

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...

International Frontiers of Sciences 2021 (iFS – Remote Event)

On the Saturday the 6th of November 2021, at 12:00pm and 16:00 pm (GMT), NoRCEL will be holding our inaugural International Frontiers of Sciences 2021 event. We are...

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...

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...

“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...

Latest news

International Frontiers of Sciences 2021 (iFS – Remote Event)

On the Saturday the 6th of November 2021, at 12:00pm and 16:00 pm (GMT), NoRCEL will be holding our inaugural International Frontiers of Sciences 2021 event. We are...

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...

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...

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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