Program

Dates: 12 July – 13 July 2014
(after the conference ORIGINS2014)

Place: International Institute for Advanced Studies (IIAS), Kizugawa-city, Kyoto, Japan [Web]

Travel information: here

Program
(updated on June 28, 2014)

Oral presentations
Talk: 15 min. Q&A for individual presentation: 5 min.

Poster presentations
Poster board size: Height=1800 mm, Width=900 mm

Day 1 (2014.7.12)

 

Come to the registration desk (front of the conference room, open 9:30-10:30) at first, and pay fees (meeting only: 10,000 JPY, meeting &banquet: 16,000 JPY) before entering the room.

 

10:00-10:10               Opening remarks (Prof. K. Yoshikawa)

 

Session 1. Q-03. “Is the molecular crowding critical for the beginning of life?”

Discussion leader: Prof. Kenichi Yoshikawa (Doshisha University)

 

10:10-10:15                Introduction of the question

Prof. Kenichi Yoshikawa (Doshisha University)

10:15-10:35                The Power of Crowding

Helen Greenwood Hansma (University of California)

10:35-10:55                Molecular Crowding and Early Evolution

Irene Chen, Andrew Pohorille
(University of California Santa Barbara, NASA Ames Research Center)

10:55-11:15            Bad properties of molecular crowding for the beginning of life: A deduction from an in vitro reconstitution of physiological molecular crowding

Kei Fujiwara (Keio University)

11:15-11:35                Spontaneous overcrowding in liposomes as possible origin of metabolism

Pier Luigi Luisi (University of Rome3)

11:35-12:00            Discussion
leader: Prof. Kenichi Yoshikawa (Doshisha University)

 

12:00-12:50                Lunch

 

Session 2. Q-01. “How can we make ordered sequences of amino acids, or mononucleotides by prebiotic means?”

Discussion leader: Prof. Hirohide Saitoh (Kyoto University)

 

12:50-12:55                Introduction of the question

Prof. Hirohide Saitoh (Kyoto University)

12:55-13:15            The problems of replication in the early stages of evolution: enumeration of variants and spatial configurations of replicators
Aleksei Melkikh (Ural Federal University)

13:15-13:35            Random polymerization may not produce random copolymers
Shinpei Tanaka (Hiroshima University)

13:35-13:55            Two perspectives on the Origin of Genetic Code
Supratim Sengupta (Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) Kolkata)

13:55-14:15            Fragment condensation by primordial catalytic dipeptides
Pier Luigi Luisi (University of Rome3)

 

14:15-14:40            Discussion
leader: Prof. Hirohide Saitoh (Kyoto University)

 

14:40-17:00                Poster session & Coffee breaks & Japanese Tea ceremony

 

Session 3. Q-14. “Universality – What properties of life are universal?”

Discussion leader: Prof. Pier Luigi Luisi (University of Rome3)

 

17:00-17:05                Introduction of the question

Prof. Pier Luigi Luisi (University of Rome3)

17:05-17:25            Towards a Theory of Life: four unifying principles of life and its definition
Irma Lozada-Chávez (University of Leipzig)

17:25-17:45            Biological Universality as a Collective State of Reproducing Catalytic Molecules
Kunihiko Kaneko (The University of Tokyo)

17:45-18:05            Paradoxes in the Origin of Life
Steven A. Benner (Foundation for Applied Molecular Evolution)

18:05-18:30            Discussion
leader: Prof. Pier Luigi Luisi (University of Rome3)

 

19:00-21:00                Banquet

 

Day 2 (2014.7.13)

 

Session 4. Q-15. “What is the physical mechanisms underlying the assembly of primitive cell-like structures?”

Discussion leader: Prof. Andrew Pohorille (NASA)

 

9:30- 9:35                Introduction of the question

Prof. Andrew Pohorille (NASA)

9:35- 9:55                Towards Co-evolution of Membranes and Metabolism

Chenyu Wei, Andrew Pohorille (University of California San Francisco)

9:55-10:15           Global Organic Weather Cycles and the Origin of Life: Interfaces and Micro-Environments for Prebiotic Chemical Evolution
L.M. Lerman (The Westheimer Institute for Science and Technology Gainesville)

10:15-10:35            What Exactly Is a Cell?
Henderson James Cleaves II (Tokyo Institute of Technology)

10:35-10:55            Emergence of DNA-encapsulating liposomes from DNA-lipid blend film
Shunsuke F. Shimobayashi (Kyoto University)

 

10:55-11:20            Discussion
leader: Prof. Andrew Pohorille (NASA)

 

11:20-12:30                Lunch

 

Session 5. Q -02.  “Why is the origin of life still a mystery?”

Discussion leader: Prof. Sandra Pizzarello (Arizona State university)

 

12:30-12:35                Introduction of the question

Prof. Sandra Pizzarello (Arizona State university)

12:35-12:55            Engineering Origin of Life: From Educated Guesses to Chemical Space Models
Dmitry Zubarev (Harvard University)

12:55-13:15            [GADV]-protein world hypothesis on the Origin of Life
Kenji Ikehara (The Open University of Japan)

13:15-13:35            Searching for Life in all the Wrong Places: Look at Mars instead!
J. L. Kirschvink (California Institute of Technology)

13:35-13:55            THE NEED OF A NEW START FROM GROUND ZERO
Pier Luigi Luisi (University of Rome3)

13:55-14:20            Discussion
leader: Prof. Sandra Pizzarello (Arizona State university)

 

14:20-14:40                Coffee breaks

 

Session 6. Q -04. “Can Artificial Life or Synthetic Biology contribute to the origin of life?”

Discussion leader: Prof. Shin-ichiro M. Nomura (Tohoku University)

 

14:40-14:45                Introduction of the question

Prof. Shin-ichiro M. Nomura (Tohoku University)

14:45-15:05            Life in soft matter systems
Damien Baigl (Ecole Normale Supérieure-PSL Research University)

15:05-15:25                In Vitro Synthesis of Sec Translocon from DNA

Hideaki Matsubayashi (The University of Tokyo)

15:25-15:45            Empirical investigation of importance of cellularity in the RNA world evolution using droplet-based microfluidics
Shigeyoshi Matsumura (University of Toyama)

15:45-16:05            How Prebiotic Materials Collaborate in a Vesicle-based Protocell
Tadashi Sugawara (Kanagawa University)

16:05-16:30            Discussion
leader: Prof. Shin-ichiro M. Nomura (Tohoku University)

 

16:30-16:40                Closing remarks (Prof. P.L. Luisi)