The oLife Fellowship Programme is a joint initiative by seven world-leading research institutes of three universities in The Netherlands. Supported by funding from the Horizon 2020 Framework Programme of the European Union, we have recruited 18 post-doctoral fellows for interdisciplinary research on fundamental questions concerning the origin and evolution of life, and its distribution in the universe.
Interdisciplinary research programme on the origin and evolution of life
The origin and nature of life, and its distribution in the universe, are fundamental questions for humanity. Key questions revolve for instance around the formation of biomolecules, the emergence of life on planetary surfaces, the evolution of cellular functions, extra-terrestrial life and how life will cope with human-induced challenges. To successfully address these challenging research questions, collaboration is needed between multiple disciplines: (bio)chemistry, (bio)physics, molecular biology, computational science, systems biology, evolutionary biology, ecology, astrophysics and geoscience. Within the oLife Fellowship Programme, 18 postdocs collectively conduct interdisciplinary research with the aim to break new grounds in four Scientific Research Areas:
- I. Planetary preconditions and boundary conditions of Life, and its origins here on Earth
- II. Defining properties and synthesis of Life, from the molecular to the biosphere level
- III. Modelling, predicting and steering of Life
- IV. Distribution of Life across the universe