Venue of the HIFOL colloquia: Königstuhl 17, Heidelberg: Auditorium of Haus der Astronomie

Coming Colloquia

***The HIFOL Colloquia will continue in April****

Past Colloquia


Edwin Bergin

(University of Michigan, Department of Astronomy)

Title:  "Tracing the Ingredients of Habitable Worlds from the Interstellar Medium through Planet Formation"


Uwe J. Meierhenrich

(Université Nice Sophia Antipolis
Institut de Chimie de Nice

Title:  "The Cometary Rosetta Mission: Analytical Chemistry on the Nucleus of Comet 67P"


Christian Hallmann

(Max-Planck-Institute for Biogeochemistry,

 MARUM, University of Bremen)

Title: "Biomarker-hydrocarbon indicators for the early evolution of life on Earth"


Albrecht Ott

(Universität des Saarlandes)

Title: "Spontaneous Autocatalysis in a Prebiotic Broth"


Bruce Fegley

(Washington University St. Louis)

Title: Chemical models of Earth's early atmosphere


Peter Schuster

(University of Vienna)

Title:  From Darwin’s Natural Selection to Reproducing Molecular Networks


Ximena C. Abrevaya

(CONICET, Buenos Aires)

Title: Astrobiology: interdisciplinary approaches for a multidisciplinary science


Paul Higgs

(Origins Institute, McMaster University, Ontario)

Title: From Chemistry to Biology: How did the RNA World get started?

(Organized by Th. K. Henning)


Farid Salama

(NASA-Ames Research Center, CA, USA)

Title: Organic Matter in Space

(Organized by Th. K. Henning)


Lisa Kaltenegger

(Associate Professor of Astronomy @ Cornell University and

Director of the Carl Sagan Institute)

Title: Rocky Exoplanets and the Scientific Concept of Habitable Worlds


Ralph Pudritz

(McMaster University Hamilton, Canada)

Title: Amino acid and Nucleobase Synthesis in Meteoritic Parent Bodies

March Colloquium
(Organized by M. Koch)
  Lecture Room: INF 360 (Bus Stop – Botanischer Garten)
March 25th,
5.15 pm
William F. Martin (University Düsseldorf):
In the Beginning it was Dark: Hydrothermal Vents and the Origin of Life

April Colloquium
(Organized by Th. Henning)
April 22nd,
5.15 pm
Dieter Braun (LMU Munich):
Nonequilibrium Routes to Darwinian Evolution

May Colloquium
(Organized by O. Trapp)
May 6th,
5.15 pm
John Sutherland (MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge, UK):
Origins of Life Systems Chemistry

June Colloquium
(Organized by H. Schöler)
June 17th,
5.15 pm
Ulrich Schreiber (University Duisburg-Essen):
Origin of Life in Tectonic Fault Zones of the Earth's Crust

Christian Mayer (University Duisburg-Essen):
Periodic Vesicle Formation in Tectonic Fault Zones: An Ideal Scenario for Molecular Evolution

July Colloquium
(Organized by Th. Henning)
July 8th,
5.15 pm
David Catling (University of Washington, Seattle):
The Evolution of Atmospheres on Inhabited and Lifeless Planets

Additional Lectures
(Organized by F. Keppler)
Different Lecture Room: INF 234-236
March 24th,
2.00 pm
Dirk Schulze-Makuch (University of Washington, Seattle):
Investigating Planetary Habitability on Multiple Scales:
Of Water Droplets, Microbialites, and Global Biospheres.
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