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.

News scoop

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

The Thirteenth Moscow Solar System Symposium, Moscow, Russia (Oct 10-14, 2022)

13M-S3 Space Research Institute Moscow, Russia October 10-14, 2022 Starting from 2010, the Space Research Institute holds annual international symposia on Solar system exploration. Main topics of these symposia include wide range of problems related to formation and evolution of Solar system, planetary systems of other stars; exploration of Solar system planets, their...

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

The Thirteenth Moscow Solar System Symposium, Moscow, Russia (Oct 10-14, 2022)

13M-S3 Space Research Institute Moscow, Russia October 10-14, 2022 Starting from 2010, the Space Research Institute holds annual international symposia on Solar system exploration. Main topics of these symposia include wide range of problems related to formation and evolution of Solar system, planetary systems of other stars; exploration of Solar system planets, their...

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

Vacancy: ‘Radiative transfer in planetary atmospheres of celestial bodies, including (exo)planets and moons’

In the framework of the FED-tWIN program, the royal Belgian Institute for Space Aeronomy (BIRA-IASB) and the Université catholique de Louvain (UCLouvain) associate  their expertise in a new project called “Radiative transfer in planetary atmospheres of celestial bodies, including (exo)planets and moons”, i.e. RT-MOLEXO. There is a vacancy for a...

OPPORTUNITIES for a 5 YEAR combined masters and doctorate graduate program in TOKYO

Building on a decade of experience recruiting top researchers from around the world to engage in genuinely inter-disciplinary research on origins of planets and life, in 2022 ELSI launched a new integrated 5-year (combined masters and doctorate) graduate program. The program is offered in partnership with the Tokyo Tech...

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...

Publications

Morphology of Meteorite Surfaces Ablated by High-Power Lasers: Review and Applications

Under controlled laboratory conditions, lasers represent a source of energy with well-defined parameters suitable for mimicking phenomena such as ablation, disintegration, and plasma formation...

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...
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