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ISSOL 2017


May 26, 2017
Deadline for indication of interest (e-mail notifications)

June 1, 2017
Program and abstracts posted on this website

July 16–21, 2017
XVIIIth International Conference on the Origin of Life

Enceladus and the Icy Moons of Saturn

Meeting Schedule

Sunday, July 16
(4:00–6:00 p.m.)
Opening Session, with two keynote lectures
Monday, July 17
(8:30 a.m.–8:30 p.m.)
  1. Research on Exoplanets from the Origin of Life’s Perspective
  2. Search for Life in the Solar System
         Lunch break
  3. Meteorites, Comets, and the Fate of Their Organic Matter
  4. ELSI Session
         Evening break
  5. Evening Panel:  How Can Exoplanet Research Take Advantage of the Cooperation with Origin of Life Studies?
Tuesday, July 18
(8:30 a.m.–8:30 p.m.)
  1. Conditions for Life’s Origin on the Early Earth
  2. The Environmental Context and Traces of Early Life on Earth
         Lunch break
  3. The Formation and Evolution of Organics on the Early Earth
  4. The Formation of Minerals in the Fate of Organic Matter and Chemical Evolution
         Dinner break
  5. Evening Panel:  The Contribution of Minerals and Surfaces
Wednesday, July 19
(8:30 a.m.–8:30 p.m.)
  1. The Chemical Evolution Toward the Transition to Life
  2. The Chemical Evolution Toward the Transition to Life (continued)
         Break/free afternoon; tickets available for Birch Aquarium ($40)
  3. Evening Panel:  “64 Years After the Miller Experiment, Can the Formation of Building Blocks be Considered as Solved?”
Thursday, July 20
(8:30 a.m.–8:30 p.m.)
  1. Self-Organization and Prebiotic Molecular Systems
  2. The Interplay of the Different Subsystems for the Origin of Life:  Fatty Acids or Other Compartment-Forming Systems/Amino Acids/Nucleotides
         Lunch break
  3. Early Metabolism and Development of Compartmentalization
  4. Genetic Information and Function in the Early Stages of Life
         Dinner break
  5. Special Session in Honor of Jim Ferris:  “From the Prebiotic Synthesis of Bases and Polymerization to RNA World Research/Concepts”
  6. Gala Dinner (Ballroom West of the UCSD Price Center)
Friday, July 21
(8:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.)
  1. Evolution:  The Driving Force for Evolution at the Chemical and Biological Stages
  2. Evolution Before and After LUCA/Evolution of Metabolism
         Lunch break
  3. Evolution:  Competition, Cooperativity, Complexity, and Ecology
  4. ISSOL Open Business Meeting and Closing Ceremony

Poster presentations will be held during coffee breaks, lunch, dinner, and Wednesday afternoon.

The UCSD food courts adjacent to the meeting rooms will be available for lunch. A buffet dinner is included in your conference registration for each evening except Thursday. Attendees wishing to attend the Gala Dinner on Thursday must purchase a ticket during the registration process. It is not possible to revise a registration and add a gala ticket at a later date.

The conference will officially end at 5:30 p.m. Friday, July 21.

Note: All electronic submission forms are part of the Meeting Portal, which requires users to set up a personal profile to access our electronic forms (setting up a profile is quick and easy, requiring only a few minutes of your time).