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. Of course, this fact only raises more questions: are there other kinds of “information”, for example? What physical and chemical conditions are necessary, and can they exist on other planets? If life arose in specific environment, such as hydrothermal vents, how did it escape and populate the Earth? We therefore invite focused talks that try to elucidate these and other questions, all related to the origin of life.
Just completed 3 really hot days at our conference at the University of St Andrews – both in terms of the amazingly sunny weather – as well as the quality and diversity of the presentations given by our wonderful speakers both live and remote. We would like to thank you all for taking part. This was our first hybrid conference and we hope that our online participants had a good experience, even though there may have been a few glitches from time to time. One thing, as a hybrid event, we can reach right around the globe and remain inclusive, so we do like the format. We only regret that those of you who couldn’t make it in person didn’t get to sample the Scottish scenery and cuisine, or get to meet each other and network. Hopefully, next time it will be possible! These conferences happen every two years – so get ready for NoRCEL 2024.
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The prime aim and objectives of the 'Network of Researchers on the Chemical Evolution of Life' are to promote and disseminate research information relating to the chemical evolution of life on the Earth, from the advent of prebiotic chemistry through to the emergence of the cellular life forms, namely Archaea, Bacteria and Eukarya.