Origin-of-Life Conference: Annual Meeting 2022

From 2–4 November 2022, oLife hosted an international conference on all aspects of Origin-of-Life research. The conference brought together a wide range of scientific disciplines, from astronomy to chemistry to biology. Apart from the keynote speakers, we were especially happy with the short talks given by scientists from abroad and all former and current oLife fellows..

Keynote speakers:

Lena Noack, FU Berlin
Oliver Trapp, LMU München
Laura Villanueva, NIOZ Texel
Bill Martin, HHU Düsseldorf
Christophe Danelon, TU Delft
Nathalie Katsonis, RU Groningen


Theme sessions:

Session 1: Planetary origins of life
Session 2: Chemical routes towards life
Session 3: Membranes and compartmentalization
Session 4: Evolution of cells
Session 5: Synthetic approaches towards life-like systems


Career Day 2022

oLife hosted an open-for-all career orientation day on June 3, 2022. From 12:15 to 17:00, four speakers told their professional path.

This year we focused on inspiring career pathways in non-profit organizations with speakers from research funding agencies, research programme administration, research policy-making and research core facilities:

Speaker 1: Amanda Jane Ozin Hofsaess – European Commission Research Programme Administrator
Speaker 2: Magnus Lundgren – Head of Unit for the SciLifeLab Ancient DNA
Speaker 3: Mark Kas – Head of Research Strategy and Partnerships, FSE, Uni Groningen
Speaker 4: Filippo Fiorentini – Peer Review Officer at AIRC Foundation for Cancer Research

Annual Meeting 2021

The oLife Fellowship programme has held its Annual Meeting 2021 on 11 & 12 November 2021. For this occasion, we have had the pleasure to have four invited plenary speakers whose talks were publicly accessible via Zoom. One of the speakers, Nick Lane, attended physically the meeting (for which we are grateful as it allowed to have a lot of interesting discussions!) and also agreed in recording his talk. You’ll find the talk for download here. (Due to technical issue Nick’s slides are not visible at the beginning, but don’t worry – it concerns just a few minutes!)

Certificate of attendance: participants who would like to get a certificate are asked to write to olife@rug.nl. Please indicate your full name, affilitation and the lecture for which you would like to get the certificate. Requests will be processed until 31st of December 2021.