5th NoRCEL Network Conference “How did all begin … ?” (Virtual Event)


How did all begin … ?

March 29–31, 2021

To drill down to the core of the question of the emergence and evolution of Life requires a truly interdisciplinary approach, in addition to physics and chemistry we also need to deploy an array of other sciences. There is a reliance on astrobiology, however part of the answer may lay with scientists who are not necessarily involved in this field, for example, those working on medical virology, cancer research, plant and animal husbandry genetics, space exploration (biosensors), palaeontology—as well as those coming from mathematical or philosophical perspectives.

Once we have established some sort of clear and deeper understanding of how life emerged on Earth, we can focus our efforts on improving the possibility of detecting life elsewhere in the Universe. Currently, both space and terrestrial-based telescopes (eg the James Webb Space Telescope and Square Kilometre Array, respectively), as well as nanotechnologies, as in CubeSats, for the exploration of the Cosmos are being developed and hopefully we should soon be able detect any biosignatures of life beyond our Solar System and even to the furthest reaches of the Milky Way Galaxy.

The 5th NoR- CEL conference will continue to provide the opportunity to collectively pool knowledge via its diverse array of input, debate and interaction. The aim being to offer both specialist origin of life scientists and those who are not necessarily practitioners in the same quest a relaxed and unhurried environment, with the object of nurturing and energising them to seek answers to the ultimate questions of life, the Universe and everything. We invite scientists of all ilks and persuasions to join us in the search for the origin of life.

Organising committee:

Martin Dominik, President, University St Andrews, UK
Elias Chatzitheodoridis, CEO, National Technical University of Athens, Greece
Sohan Jheeta, Editor-in-Chief at NoRCELUK
Oleg Kotsyurbenko, CEO, Yugra State University, Russia
Rowena Ball, Scientific Officer, Australian National University, Australia
Pauli Laine, Secretary, University of Jyväskylä, Finland
Ammar Sakaji, Regional Centre for Sp. Sci. Tech. Edu. for Western Asia, Jordan
Sávio Torres de Farias, Federal University of Paraíba, Brasil
Golden Nyambuya, National University of Science and Technoology Zimbabwe
Vinod Gupta, CMD Postgraduate College, Bilaspur, India
Prospery Simpemba, Copperbelt University, Zambia
Rabeea Rasheed, University of Management and Technology, Pakistan
Priscilla Muheki, Mbarara Uni of Sci and Tech, Mbarara Uganda
Ahya Rezaei, Bou Ali Sina University, Hamedan, Iran
Kathy McGrath, Network Administrator, UK

Conference Abstracts