The Origin of Life
Second Conference on History and Philosophy of Astrobiology
Höör, Sweden, 8 - 10 May 2015


Scientific programme
The meeting will start on 8th May 2015 in the morning and finish on 10th May 2015 at lunchtime. The detailed programme of the meeting is available here.

Aim of the meeting
It will deal with the transition of non-living to living matter, how chemical processes evolve into biological ones and the onset of biological evolution as well as the tree of life. Scientists and students from humanities and natural sciences will convene to discuss these questions that engaged mankind since centuries.

The conference is co-organised by the Nordic Network of Astrobiology and the EU COST Action "Origins and Evolution of Life on Earth and in the Universe". It will also constitute the fourth annual meeting of the Nordic Network of Astrobiology. The conference will be organised by David Dunér (Lund University, Sweden), Wolf Geppert (Stockhholm University, Sweden) and Christophe Malaterre (UQAM, Canada).


Venue
The conference will take place at Åkersberg Herrgård; in Höör, Skåne (Scania) in Southern Sweden. The venue is only a 400m walk from Höör railway station. From Höör station there are direct connections to Copenhagen Airport every hour during daytime and the journey takes only 50 minutes. The event will start on Friday, May 8 in the morning (arrival of participants will be on Thursday, May 7 in the evening) and finish on Sunday, May 10 lunchtime. There will be an optional excursion on Saturday 9th to the beautiful island of Ven, where Tycho Brahe had his observatory. Furthermore, the meeting is held after the summer course Life on Earth and Beyond: The History and Philosophy of the Origin of Life. on Ven Island. This course will be an excellent introduction into the conference. Furthermore, attendees will be able to go on an excursion to Stevns Klint (where the C-T boundary is clearly visible) on the day between the two events.


Scope of the meeting
The meeting is open to interested scientists and students with background in natural, social and political sciences as well as those engaged in humanities from all over the world. However, invitations for visa applications can only be issued to invited speakers and invited poster presenters.

We from the COST Action "Origins and Evolution of Life on Earth and in the Universe" and the Nordic Network of Astrobiology are looking forward to welcoming you at the conference.

See you in Höör in May 2015 !


Registration deadline
Deadline for registration, accommodation booking and abstract submission: 31 March 2015


Välkommen till Höör !
Stevns Klint Tycho Brahe's castle Uraniborg Park of venue