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NIM Conference on Molecular Origins of Life

NIM Conference on Molecular Origins of Life


Thursday, September 15 - Friday, September 16, 2016

Literaturhaus München

The NIM Conference on Molecular Origins of Life (Origins 2016) will take place at Munich from September 15-16 2016. It is triggered by the Origins of Life Initiative Munich (OLIM) and organized by the Cluster of Excellence "Nanosystems Initiative Munich" (NIM) which was established in 2006 by the German government's "Excellence Initiative".

The Molecular Origins conference will start a series of short, biannual conferences on experimental studies of the emergence of life. In this first round, speakers have been selected to bring together European scientists and young PIs. The conference will include tutorial discussions and will be complemented by poster presentations. It aims to foster a broad cross-disciplinary discussions on experimental and theoretical studies of the molecular origin of life.

Conference Program

The conference program will start on Thursday, September 15, 2016 early in the morning and end on Friday, September 16, 2016 in the evening. The program is structured into short talk sections which are ended with a discussion session that also allows to clarify very basic questions and act as a tutorial to get familiar with all aspects of molecular origins questions.

Poster Session

In the afternoon of Friday, we will have a poster session. The standard poster size is A0 (841 mm × 1189 mm) upright. The abstract submission for poster presentations will be possible during the registration process. The deadline for poster abstracts is August 16th. To prepare an abstract, please download the Initiates file downloadabstract template in Microsoft-Word format.


The registration fee for attendees presenting a poster will be 200 EUR.

Participants without poster do not need to register for the conference.

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Program Committee

  • Erwin Frey, Theoretical Softmatter Physics, LMU Munich
  • Dieter Braun, Experimental Biophysics, LMU Munich

Confirmed invited speakers

  • Gonen Ashkenasy, Ben Gurion University, Beer Sheva, Israel
  • Roy Bar-Ziv, Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel
  • Christophe Danelon, TU Delft, The Netherlands
  • Christoph Flamm, University of Vienna, Austria
  • Thomas Henning, MPI for Astronomy, Heidelberg,Germany
  • Philipp Holliger, University of Cambridge, UK
  • Wilhelm T. S. Huck, Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
  • Andres Jäschke, Universität Heidelberg, Germany
  • Ludovic Jullien, École normale supérieure, Paris, France
  • Moritz Kreysing, MPI-CBG, Dresden, Germany
  • Nick Lane, University College London, UK
  • Andrei Lupas, MPI for Developmental Biology, Tübingen, Germany
  • Christof Mast, LMU München, Germany
  • Hannes Mutschler, MPI of Biochemistry, Munich, Germany
  • Matthew Powner, University College London, UK
  • Clemens Richert, Unversität Stuttgart, Germany
  • Antonino Marco Saitta, Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, France
  • Heinz Friedrich Schöler, Universität Heidelberg, Germany
  • Judit Sponer, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic
  • John Sutherland, LMB, Cambridge, UK
  • Dora Tang, MPI-CBG, Dresden, Germany
  • Shoichi Toyabe, Tohoku University, Japan
  • Oliver Trapp, Universität Heidelberg, Germany
  • Rebecca Turk-MacLeod, University of Glasgow, UK
  • Günter von Kiedrowski, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany


Reservations for speakers have been made in the Antares Hotel.

For directions to the Literaturhaus see here.

We will pick up speakers from the hotel on Thursday and Friday morning at 8:10 a.m.


The NIM Conference on Molecular Origins of Life 2016 is sponsored by Nanotemper Technologies.


August 16:
Registration deadline
(only for posters)

September 15:
Conference begins

September 16:
Conference ends


Literaturhaus München

Salvatorplatz 1

80333 Munich


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