Conference 2. From Star and Planet Formation to Early Life (Vilnius, Lithuania 2016)


Scientific Programme

Health hazards posed by ionizing radiation in manned space missions BLEO
Franco Ferrari, University of Szczecin, PL

Water-rich planets: how habitable is a water layer deeper than on Earth?
Lena Noack, Royal Observatory of Belgium, BE

From stellar evolution to tidal interaction: impact on planetary habitability
Florian Gallet, University of Geneva, CH

Dissipative structures in the Universe: Super massive black holes and life
Andjelika Kovacevic, University of Belgrade, RS

Description and comparison of microbial communities and metagenomes in a subglacial lake under the Vatnajökull ice cap, East Skaftárketill
Viggo Marteinsson, MATIS, IS

The last universal common ancestor: simple or complex?
David Moreira, Université Paris-Sud, FR

Modeling the origins of cellular systems: How complex must our system be to observe cell-like behaviors?
Pierre-Alain Monnard, University of Southern Denmark, DK

Life in Mars analogue sites: microbes adapted to extreme conditions in Iceland
Oddur Vilhelmsson, University of Akureyri, IS

The origin of eukaryotes is linked to the rooting of the Tree of Life… but the phylogenetic jury is still out
Richard Gouy, University of Liège, BE

Panspermia: a panoply of possibilities
Clement Vidal, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, BE


Biosphere complexity: A new approach towards a definition of life
Thomas Böttcher, University of Konstanz, DE

C’est la Vie
Kelly C. Smith, Clemson University, US

Tenacious misconceptions about biological evolution
Purificación López-García, Université Paris Sud, FR

Misconceptions, Truths and Controversies: Is Origins of Life Research no Different from the Rest of Science?
Christophe Malaterre, UQAM, CA

The ghosts behind the molecules: the recent history of the attempts to understand the origin of life
Antonio Lazcano, National Autonomous University of Mexico, MX


Excitements and challenges in tracking the early traces of life
Emmanuelle Javaux, University of Liège, BE

Some Twentieth-Century Ideas of Extraterrestrial Life and Physical Eschatology
Helge Kragh, University of Aarhus, DK

Geochemical complexities as a setting for life’s origins
Robert Hazen, Carnegie Institute of Washington, US


The Hadean Earth vs. the Origin of Life
Stephen Mojzsis, University of Colorado, US


Organic Molecules Identified by the Rosetta Lander Philae
Uwe Meierhenrich, Université de Nice Sophia Antipolis, FR

Meteorites: Time Capsules from the Earth of the Solar System
Henning Haack, University of Copenhagen, DK


New insights from ROSETTA into cometary dust
Martin Hilchenbach, MPI for Solar System Research, DE


Pre-solar grains: the ingredients to make a solar system
Ian Lyon, University of Manchester, UK


Life as a dissipative structure; implications for the emergence of metabolism
Wolfgang Nitschke, Université Aix-Marseille, FR


Energy and matter at the origin of life
Nick Lane, UCL, UK


Molecular evolution before the domain ancestors: Indications for dramatic planetary changes during life’s early evolution
Johann Peter Gogarten, University of Connecticut, US


Gas phase chemistry and molecular complexity: how far do they go?
Nadia Balucani, University of Perugia, IT


The formation of complex molecules in space
Tom Millar, Queen’s University Belfast, UK


Chemical evolution of star-forming regions
Floris van der Tak, SRON, NL


Gas and Dust in Protoplanetary Disks
Anne Dutrey, University of Bordeaux, FR


The formation and evolution of planetary systems
Wilhelm Kley, University of Tübingen, DE


Rosetta – the Comet Chaser
Martin Hilchenbach, MPI for Solar System Research, Germany


Comets: Relics of the Birth of our Solar System
Karen Meech, University of Hawaii, USA