Prebiotic Chemistry and the Origins of Life: What We Know and What We Don’t

Fri 4 Oct 2019

Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI)
3700 San Martin Drive
Baltimore, MD 21218


12:00 PM - 1:30 PM


The field of astrobiology, the effort to understand the origin, distribution and future of life in the Universe, is moving very quickly on many front, especially with the rapid discovery of so many exoplanets. The origins of life, on the other hand, remains shrouded in mystery, and many models have been proposed to explain it. What assumptions may be holding back progress in this field? Where are the largest gaps in our knowledge? New computational and experimental results exploring the complexity of planetary chemodynamics, especially with respect to nitrogen fixation and cycling, and prebiotic organic chemistry will be discussed in the light of these questions.

Speaker: Henderson (Jim) Cleaves (Tokyo Institute of Technology, Carnegie Institution of Washington)


Talks are held in the STScI John N. Bahcall Auditorium. Light lunch (provided) starts at 12pm; talk starts at 12:30pm.

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