The prime aim and objectives of the ‘Network of Researchers on the Chemical Emergence 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.

NoRCEL is operated by Science Communication Ltd, UK (10112331)

NoRCEL is also an organisational member of The Royal Society of Biology, UK


In 2013, Dr Sohan Jheeta, an independent research scientist and free thinker instigated the initial concept behind the Network and, with the support of Reader Martin Dominik (University of St Andrews), currently the President of the Network, as well as Professor Nigel Mason (University of Kent), the framework for the embryonic network was formulated. Chief Executive Officer, Professor Elias Chatzitheodoridis (National Technical University of Athens), then joined the Network in 2016. The first conference was held at The Open University in Milton Keynes, UK.