Origins Institute Public Lecture – How Did Life Begin?

McMaster Innovation Park

17/09/2019, 7:00 pm - TO 17/09/2019 - 8:30 pm

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The Origins Institute in partnership with the McMaster Alumni Association is pleased to welcome to Hamilton Dr. Christian Mayer from the University of Duisburg-Essen to give a FREE public lecture on:

How Did Life Begin?

What made molecules start to line up, and how did the resulting structures cooperate to form the first living cell? These processes happened billions of years ago in an unknown location, probably without leaving a detectable trace. Nevertheless, scientists postulate fascinating scenarios which may have initiated this unique process, ultimately leading to our own existence.

In his talk, Christian Mayer will introduce the scientific problem of the origin of life, will present various competing theories about life’s early chemistry and the formation of the first terrestrial organism. He will introduce the principles of evolution, basically dealing with the question: how can something as complex and well-ordered as life originate from something as primitive and chaotic as the primordial soup? Finally, Mayer will introduce his own experiments on the matter.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019
7:00 pm – doors open & light refreshments
7:30 pm – lecture
McMaster Innovation Park
Room 1BCD
175 Longwood Road South
Hamilton, ON

Cost: FREE

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