Monday, July 4th, 2011
Session 1a - Origins: From Stars to Life
James KASTING (US)
Introduction
[L1a-1] Jose CERNICHARO (Spain)
Molecules in the Interstellar Medium: Chemical Evolution
from Interstellar Clouds to Protoplanetary Disks
[L1a-2] Alessandro MORBIDELLI (France)
Terrestrial Planet Formation: a New Perspective
[O1a-1] Sun KWOK (China)
Delivery of Complex Organic Compounds from Evolved Stars to the Solar System
[O1a-2] Douglas WHITTET (US)
The origin and distribution of interstellar methanol ice:
The route to complex organic molecules in preplanetary matter
Session 1b - Origins: From Stars to Life (continued)
Purificación LÓPEZ-GARCÍA (France)
Introduction
[L1b-1] Addy PROSS (Israel)
Toward a General Theory of Evolution: Extending Darwinian
Theory to Inanimate Matter
[O1b-1] Matthew W. POWNER (US)
The Chemical Origins of Nucleotides
Session 2a - Biosignatures and Clues of Life
Barbara SHERWOOD LOLLAR (Canada)
Introduction
[L2a-1] Emmanuelle JAVAUX (Belgium)
Indices of life: lessons from the early Earth microfossil record.
[O2a-1] María COLÍN GARCÍA (Spain)
Detection of peptidic sequences in the ancient acidic sediments of Río Tinto, Spain
[O2a-2] Annie CHABIN (France)
Experimental fossilisation of viruses from extremophilic Archaea
[O2a-3] Bernard FOING (Netherlands)
Sampling Extreme Life in the Desert: Geochemical Habitats and Biodiversity
Session 2b - Biosignatures and Clues of Life (continued)
Mikhail FEDONKIN (Russia)
Introduction
[L2b-1] Helmut LAMMER (Austria)
Characterizing atmospheric evolution scenarios and possible biospheres
on Earth-type exoplanets within M-star habitable zones by models and observations
[O2b-1] Jean-Pierre Paul DE VERA (Germany)
Detection of methanogene archaea in Mars-like environment: a
systematically approach of RAMAN analysis for biosignature detection
[O2b-2] Luther BEEGLE (US)
How much is not enough? Understanding the Astrobiology potential from very minute
samples and the astrobiology case of the Encleadus plume
[O2b-3] Fabien STALPORT (France)
Thermal stability of carbonates: a physical signature for detecting life on Mars
Tuesday, July 5th, 2011
Session 3a - Early Earth processes
Daniele PINTI (Canada)
Introduction
[L3a-1] Minik ROSING (Denmark)
The early Archaean biosphere, the invention of photosynthesis and
the destruction of the prebiotic environment
[O3a-1] Nils G. HOLM (Sweden)
Early plate tectonics, pyrophosphate, Na+, and the origin of life
[O3a-2] Christian KÖBERL (Austria)
Hadean to Early Archean Impacts on Earth
[O3a-3] Christophe THOMAZO (France)
Multiple sulfur and carbon isotope composition of the 2.7 Ga Manjeri and Cheshire
Formations (Belingwe Greenstone Belt, Zimbabwe): a window on the Archean
ocean "oxygenation".
Session 3b - Early Earth processes (continued)
Frances WESTALL (France)
Introduction
[L3b-1] Abigail ALLWOOD (Australia)
Early Earth processes and the preservation of evidence of early life
[O3b-1] Kosei YAMAGUCHI (Japan)
Enrichment of Mo in the 3.2 Ga old Black Shales Recovered by DXCLDP
(Dixon Island- Cleaverville Drilling Project) in Pilbara, Western Australia
[O3b-2] Eugenio SIMONCINI (Germany)
Modeling free energy availability from Hadean Hydrothermal Vents
to the first metabolism
[O3b-3] Jeremy KUA (US)
Primordial Ocean Chemistry and its Compatibility with the RNA World
Session 4a - Exoplanets and Habitability
Stéphane UDRY (Switzerland)
Introduction
[O4a-1] Alan P. BOSS (US)
Habitable worlds around M dwarf stars : The Carnegie astrometric
planet search program
[O4a-2] Mercedes LOPEZ-MORALES (Spain)
Magnetic fields in Earth-like exoplanets and implications for
habitability of planets around M-dwarfs
Session 4b - Exoplanets and Habitability (continued)
Victoria MEADOWS (US)
Introduction
[L4b-1] Sara SEAGER (US) :
The diversity of exoplanets, habitability, and biosignature gases
[O4b-1] Antigona SEGURA (Mexico)
Atmospheric chemistry driven by stellar flares on habitable planets around M dwarfs
[O4b-2] René HELLER (Germany)
Tidal equilibrium and the habitability of extrasolar planets
[O4b-3] Robin WORDSWORTH (France)
Habitability of super-Earths around Mdwarf stars: a case study
of the Gliese 581 system
Panel n°2 - Space and Future Exploration
Alvaro GIMENEZ (France)
Alain LÉGER (France)
David DES MARAIS (US)
Pascale EHRENFREUND (US/NL)
ROUND TABLE
Wednesday, July 6th, 2011
Session 5 - Early and Minimal Life
Alonso RICARDO (US)
Introduction
[L5-1] Irene CHEN (US)
Information-rich sequences from replicating systems
[O5-1] Raphaël PLASSON (Japan)
A DNA toolbox for engineering in vitro life-like behaviors
[O5-3] Andrew POHORILLE (US)
Origins of protein functions in cells
[O5-4] Armen Y. MULKIDJANIAN (Germany)
Evolution of membrane bioenergetics
[O5-5] Pierre-Alain MONNARD (Denmark)
Attempt at a systemic design of a protocell: connecting information,
metabolism and container
[O5-2] Ádám KUN (Hungary)
RNA structures and the error threshold
Panel n°3 - Early and Minimal Life Panel
David DEAMER (US)
Introduction
Niles LEHMAN (US)
Felix OLASAGASTI (Spain)
Peter UNRAU (Canada)
ROUND TABLE
Thursday, July 7th, 2011
Session 6a - Prebiotic Chemistry
Raffaele SALADINO (Italy)
Introduction
[L6a-1] John D. SUTHERLAND (UK)
RNA - prebiotic product, or biotic invention?
[O6a-1] Jan Hendrik BREDEHÖFT (Germany)
Synthesis of a peptide bond with slow electrons
[O6a-2] Hervé COTTIN (France)
UVolution, PROCESS and AMINO: compared photochemistry in low Earth orbit and in
the laboratory of prebiotic organic compounds related to small bodies, Titan and Mars
[O6a-3] Anna NEUBECK (Sweden)
Abiotic CH4 gas and the role of dissolved CO2 in low temperature hydration of olivine
[O6a-4] Eric T. PARKER (US)
New insights into prebiotic chemistry from old archived Miller extracts
[O6a-5] Gonen ASHKENASY (Israel)
Self-replicating beta-sheet peptides
Session 7a - Past and Present Solar System
Hikaru YABUTA (Japan)
Introduction
[O7a-1] Jean-Pierre BIBRING (France)
Emergence of life: its record still preserved at Mars?
[O7a-2] Sandra RAMÍREZ (Mexico)
The evolution of Titan's aerosol analogues in putative liquid water-ammonia bodies
[O7a-3] Anny-Chantal LEVASSEUR-REGOURD (France)
Interplanetary dust particles of cometary origin, as a possible source of
complex carbonaceous compounds on terrestrial planets in the early Solar System
Session 7b - Past and Present Solar System (continued)
Daniela LAZZARO (Brazil)
Introduction
[L7b-1] Dominique BOCKELÉE-MORVAN (France)
Composition of comets: tracing the early phases of Solar System formation
[O7b-1] George FLYNN (US)
Pre-biotic organic matter from comets and asteroids
[O7b-2] Sylvie DERENNE (France)
The chemical structure of insoluble organic matter in carbonaceous meteorites
[O7b-3] Karen MEECH (US)
New insights into comets provided by an earth-based observational campaign
of the EPOXI mission target, 103P/Hartley 2
Session 6b - Prebiotic Chemistry (continued)
Yufen ZHAO (China)
Introduction
[L6b-1] Nicholas V. HUD (US)
Exploring the possible contributions of base pair intercalation and
reversible backbone linkages in the origin of the first RNA-like polymers
[O6b-2] James P. FERRIS (US)
Progress in studies on the RNA World
[O6b-3] Giovanna COSTANZO (Italy)
Spontaneous generation of RNA in water
[O6b-4] Katarzyna ADAMALA (US)
On the origin of life: natural selection in the protocell population
[O6b-5] Terence KEE (UK)
Emergence of phosphorus-based energy currencies and
coupled chemical cycles on the early Earth
Friday, July 8th, 2011
Session 8a - Evolutionary Perspectives
[O8a-1] Juli PERETO (Spain)
Evolution of metabolism: insights from bacterial
endosymbionts of insects
Panel n° 4 - Outreach and Education Panel
Gerda HORNECK (Germany)
Marc KAUFMAN (US)
The Washington Post
Woodruff SULLIVAN (US)
Marc KAUFMAN (US)
Discussion
Session 9 - History of Science
Stéphane TIRARD (France)
Introduction
[L9-1] Antonio LAZCANO (Mexico)
The ghosts behind the molecules: the history of the RNA World concept
Session 8b - Evolutionary Perspectives
[L8b-1] J. Peter GOGARTEN (US)
Molecular Evolution before LUCA and the rooted Net of Life
[O8b-1] Aaron GOLDMAN (US)
Viruses aren't Life, but neither are you
[O8b-2] Zann GILL (US)
The A-PR hypothesis - autonomy and pattern recognition in evolution
[O8b-3] Jean VAUTRIN (France)
Information natural selection theory contributes defining life and intelligence
[O8b-4] David SCHWARTZMAN (US)
Multiple paths to encephalization and technical civilizations
[O8b-5] Claudio MACCONE (Italy)
A mathematical model for evolution and SETI