Virtual 5th NoRCEL’21 Conference Programme

Updates – Modifications

  • NEW 27 March 2021 noon: emails with ZOOM links have been sent to all participants. Time for Wednesday’s breaks has been corrected. The updated version of the book of abstracts is given below (see below at Book of Abstracts)
  • 24 March 2021 evening: Local times and some additions to the text have been made in the Book of Abstracts. The link below, the one to download the Book of Abstracts, has been updated.
  • 24 March 2021 morning: The conference schedule has been emailed to all participants.
  • 15 March 2021: The NoRCEL’21 Conference Programme has been extended to a third day due to the high demand with submitted abstracts.

Schedule of talks

Please, observe that times are given for the UTC Time zone, according to the following web tool:

We made an effort to convert the time for each timezone of each presenter in his/her local time. Please, check it also for yourself using the above web tool or a similar one. For your convenience, we have put on the right real-time clocks for indicative time-zones. The analogue one is in UTC Time and follows exactly the programme plan.

Day 1 – Monday, 29th March

The ZOOM link to this event is: Join J. Vago’s talk via ZOOM.
Credentials for this are: [Meeting ID: 826 1951 5744, Passcode: 439821]

Fragata Libertad

Jorge Vago Bio Sketch (Mar 2021) Jorge was born in 1962 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.  He obtained a Bachelor of Engineering and Electrical Engineering degrees at the Instituto Tecnológico de Buenos Aires (ITBA).  In 1986 he enrolled in Cornell University (Ithaca, NY), where he completed a Masters of Engineering in Applied Physics and a Ph.D. in Space Plasmas and Planetary Physics.  Since 1992, he is with the European Space Agency in the Netherlands.  Initially, he started working on multi-point plasma turbulence analysis in support of the Cluster mission.  This was followed by a few years of project management, mainly developing physics experiment laboratories for Russian capsules and the International Space Station.  Jorge is ESA’s ExoMars Project Scientist.  He is the interface for the investigator communities interested in the ExoMars Programme.  He also helps with other ESA activities in the international Mars exploration context, such as the Mars Sample Return mission.  In addition, his work includes contributing to science mission and payload definition, and representing the ExoMars science objectives at programmatic level.


Day 2 – Tuesday, 30th March

The ZOOM link to this event is: Join L. Gustafson’s talk via Zoom.
Credentials for this are:[Meeting ID: 874 8044 3968, Passcode: 892807]

Lowell Gustafson, Ph.D.. Professor at the Department of Political Science, Villanova University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. His B.A. was in History & Philosophy, North Park College, and M.A and PhD at the Foreign Affairs, University of Virginia. Author of several books and editor of the Bulletin of the International Big History Association (



Day 3 – Wednesday, 31st March

List of presenters and titles of the talks

  1. AMETA, Sandeep; KUMAR, Manoj; GANDAVADI, Dhanush; SHANKAR, Prashanth; CHAKRABORTY, Nayan; THUTUPALLI, Shashi. Compositional identity and robustness of compartmentalized self-reproducing catalytic RNAs
  2. BALL, Rowena. Anomalous thermal fluctuation distribution favours primordial chemical evolution
  3. BARTH, Patrick; STÜEKEN, Eva E.; HELLING, Christiane; RIMMER, Paul B.; CLAIRE, Mark W. Understanding the role of lightning in the formation of organic molecules on early Earth
  4. BATTAGLIA, Beppe. Minimal conditions for making a vesicle chemotaxis
  5. BOICE, Daniel; de ALMEIDA Amaury A. Cometary Phosphorus
  6. BRUNER, Bob. Meteorites and Minerals associated with the Origin of Life
  7. BUSUPALLI, Balanagulu. Asymmetric membrane scission in polymer vesicles induced via osmotic pressure difference
  8. CAETANO-ANOLLES, Gustavo. Untangling the evolution of biological systems: Phylogenomics and the evolutionary rise of hierarchy and community structure in biological networks
  9. CHANDRU, Kuhan. The possible role of non-biomolecules in the Origins of Life
  10. COJOCARU, Razvan; Unrau, Peter J. A Clamping Domain Facilitates Processivity and Promoter Recognition in an RNA Polymerase Ribozyme
  11. DAMER, Bruce. The Hot Spring Hypothesis for the Origin of Life: New Experimental Approaches and Results
  12. Del GAUDIO, Rosanna. From molecular simplicity to biological complexity: seeking plausible geochemical scenarios and necessary ingredients to kick-start early stages of life on Earth and on Earth-like planets
  13. DOMINIK, Martin. The NoRCEL gap map – an unreview of universal biology
  14. DONDI, Daniele. Are the natural amino acids the most stable among their isomers?
  15. FERUS, Martin. Prebiotic synthesis initiated in formaldehyde and hydrogen cyanide by laser plasma simulating high-velocity impacts
  16. GADZIRAYI NYAMBUYA, Golden. Resolution of the Faint Young Sun Paradox via the Expanding Earth and Radiation Balance Equilibrium Hypothesis
  17. GUSTAFSON, Lowell. The Origins of Life within Big History: Meanings for Humanity
  18. HANSMA, Helen. Where was the potassium, [K+]?
  19. HERBORT, Oliver; Woitke, Peter; Helling, Christiane; Zerkle, Aubrey. From clouds to crust – stability of water in the crust and clouds
  20. HOLMES, David. Biosignature Gases for Life Detection on Exoplanets
  21. KARASAWA, Shinji. Chemical evolutions in membranes formed on the surface of water on the early Earth
  22. KOMPANICHENKO, Vladimir. Role of periodic stress in the process of life emergence
  23. KRIUCHKOVA, Margarita O.; VOROBYOVA, E.A.; IVANOVA, A.E.; CHEPTSOV, V.S., PAVLOV, A.K. Soil fungal communities as the objects of astrobiological research
  24. LAGUNA-CASTRO, M.; ARRIBAS, M.; LÁZARO, E. Viruses as analogues of first self-replicating molecules in Early Earth and other planets: life adaptation to extreme environmental conditions
  25. KAHANA, Amit; LANCET, Doron. Reproducing catalytic micelles as early nanoscopic protocells harboring dynamic lipid aptamers
  26. LILLEY, David. Glimpsing ancient ribozymes from modern RNA species
  27. MACCONE, Claudio. Molecular Clock as an Evo-SETI Lognormal Stochastic Process
  28. MAGROGKIKAS, Stylianos. LactoPS (Lactobacillus-based Pathogen Sensors): A rapid and cost-effective bacterial-based system for SARS-COV2 testing
  29. MITRA, Saibal. Origin of life via a violation of local thermodynamic equilibrium
  30. NIELSEN, Nick. Many Branches on the Tree of Life?
  31. PROSS, Addy. Chemistry’s New Kinetic Dimension and the Origin of Life
  32. REZAEI, Ahya. What we can learn from Remote Sensing in Agriculture as applied to life elsewhere in the Universe
  33. RUSSELL, Michael; BARGE, Laurie. Life’s four billion year journey began with a single step
  34. SCHULZE-MAKUCH, Dirk. Some Ideas about Biodiversity of Alien Life on other Planetary Bodies
  35. SKLADNEV, Dmitry. What are the first mutations that began Evolution on the Earth?
  36. SKLADNEV, D.A.; KARLOV, S.P.; KOTSYURBENKO, O.R. The hypothetical microbial community of Venusian clouds can inhabit an ecological niche with a structure in the form of water foam
  37. SOROKIN, Vladimir V.; SKLADNEV, Dmitry A. What is Life? The importance of negative controls
  38. De TORRES FARIAS, Savio. Transfer tRNA: The molecular demiurge in the origin of biological systems
  39. TRIGO-RODRIGUEZ, Josep M. The catalytic properties of chondritic meteorites and their role in the origin of life in Nitrogen- and water-rich environments
  40. TRIXLER, Frank. Natural Nanofluidic Environments as Prebiotic Reaction Vessels: Abiotic RNA formation in temporal nanoconfined water
  41. TULLER, Tamir. Reliable encoding of information on the genomes of living organisms
  42. VAGO, Jorge L.; Sefton-Nash, E.; the RSOWG; the ExoMars Science Working Team; the ExoMars Project Team. Why is Oxia Planum the right landing site for ExoMars 2022?
  43. VILLAFAÑE-BARAJAS, Saúl A.; COLÍN-GARCÍA, María; RUIZ BERMEJO, Marta; RAYO PIZARROSO, Pedro; GALVEZ-MARTINEZ, Santos; MATEO-MARTI, Eva. Role of serpentinite in HCN-polymerization: molecular complexity under alkaline scenarios
  44. WU, Juntian. Exploring replication fidelity in a synthetic self-replication system
  45. YAKOVLEVA, Polina. Prokaryotic communities of East Antarctic oasis soils and their resistance to antibiotics and heavy metals
  46. Z JIA, Tony. Liquid Crystal Peptide/DNA Coacervates and Other Membraneless Compartments in the Context of Prebiotic Molecular Evolution