STOP PRESS!! Important information
Registration will be on Sunday 24th April 14:00 - 19:00 and on Monday 25 April 08:00 -19:00 in front of Aida Hall on Level 3 of Hotel Artis. A (hopefully) final programme can be downloaded as .doc file and .pdf file by clicking on these links.

Scientific programme
The meeting will start on Monday 25th of April 2016 in the morning and end on Thursday 28th in the evening. Participants are thus advised to arrive on Sunday 24th or earlier and leave on Friday 29th or later. The COST Action "Origins and evolution of Life in the Universe" will hold an internal meeting on Tuesday 26th afternoon and Friday 29th in the morning (until lunchtime). Rooms for the night from April 28th to 29th are also available at the conference hotel for the participants. If not specifidc otherwise, lectures wik be at Aida Hall, Level 3.

The scientific programme consists of invited lectures,plenary lectures as well as contributed talks selected from the abstracts and a poster session as well as a public event on April 24th at 17:00 at the "Vilnius planetarium. There will be talks by Karen Meech and Martin Hilchenbach A programme of the event will be soon displayed here.

The meeting contains two types of sessions. The first three days will be devoted to plenary sessions with the following subjects:

  • Physical and chemical processes under star and planet formation
  • Formation of complex molecules in space, planetary and satellite atmospheres
  • Before and after the Last Common Universal Ancestor: Early evolution of life
  • Meteorites as probes for understanding the early solar system
  • Comets and the early history of the solar system
  • Geological conditions for prebiotic chemistry
  • Early Universe, early Earth and the origin of life: Evolution of concepts in history and philosophy
  • Borderline between chemistry and biology
  • Scientific misconceptions: case studies in astrobiology
The last day of the conference will consist of parallel sessions, which allow detailed in-depth discussions of the following subjects:
  • Physical and chemical processes under star and planet formation
  • Formation of complex molecules in space, planetary and satellite atmospheres
  • Before and after the Last Common Universal Ancestor: Early evolution of life
  • Comets and meteorites: Composition, chemical processes and their role in the evolution of the solar system
  • Early Universe, early Earth and the origin of life: Evolution of concepts in history and philosophy
  • philosophy
A programme can be downloaded soon as .doc file and .pdf file by clicking on the respective links.

Poster session
On the evening of Monday 25th April the poster session will be held at the foyer and the Carmen room (Level 3). Poster walls are white and in portrait A0 format (118.9 cm height and 84.1 cm width). Please dimension your poster accordingly. Poster printing can be done at Copypro. They are located at Gedimino prospektas 33 and open round the clock. The LOC does not take any responsibilty orr liability for posters printed late.

Advice for lecturers
Please bring your talk on a memory stick or CD-ROM. Alternatively you can use your own laptop. The conference hotel provides a PowerPoint projector and audio equipment. If you need some additional devices please contavt the organisers in good time beforehand.

Invited and plenary speakers
Nadia Balucani, University of Perugia, Italy
Celine Brochier-Armanet, University of Lyon, France
Anne Dutrey, University of Bordeaux, France
Johann Peter Gogarten, University of Connecticut, USA
Henning Haack, University of Copenhagen, Denmark,
Robert Hazen, Carnegie Institution of Washington, USA
Martin Hilchenbach, MPI for Solar System Research, Germany
Emmanuelle Javaux,University of Liége, Belgium
Etienne Klein, CEA, France
Willy Kley, University of Tübingen, Germany
Helge Kragh, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Antonio Lazcano, National Autonomous University of Mexico
Nick Lane, UCL, UK
Purificación López-García, Université Paris Sud, CNRS, Orsay, France
Ian Lyon, University of Manchester, UK
Christophe Malaterre, UQAM, Canada
Zita Martins, Imperial College, UK
Karen Meech, University of Hawai'i at Manoa, USA
Uwe Meierhenrich, ,Université de Nice Sophia Antipolis,France
Tom Millar, Queen's University Belfast, UK
Stephen Mojzsis, University of Colorado, USA
Christoph Mordasini, University of Bern, Switzerland
David Moreira, Université Paris Sud, France
Guillermo Muñoz Caro,Centro de Astrobiología, Spain,
Wolfgang Nitschke, Université Aix-Marseille, France
Sijbren Otto, University of Groningen, The Netherlands
Matthew Powner, UCL, UK
Floris van der Tak, University of Groningen, The Netherlands
Clement Vidal, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium
Erik Vigren, Swedish Institute for Space Physics
Catherine Walsh, Leiden University, The Netherlands

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