Venue of the HIFOL Colloquia:

Königstuhl 17, Heidelberg: Auditorium of Haus der Astronomie

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Past Colloquia

Overcoming the Non-Reducing Atmosphere Dilemma of Life:Agnostic Survey of Prebiotic Methane and HCN in the Hadean Earth's Atmosphere

HIFOL Colloquia
  • Date: Mar 6, 2024
  • Speaker: Klaus Paschek
  • Location: Haus der Astronomie
  • Room: Klaus-Tschira-Auditorium
  • Host: Thomas K. Henning
  • Contact:
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Towards Molecular Complexity: At the crossroads between astrophysics and biochemistry

  • Start: May 2, 2022
  • End: May 6, 2022
  • Location: Haus der Astronomie
  • Host: Thomas K. Henning

Molten exoplanets as a window into the earliest Earth

  • Date: Nov 17, 2021
  • Time: 04:00 PM (Local Time Germany)
  • Speaker: Dr. Tim Lichtenberg, Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Planetary Physics at the University of Oxford, UK
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before 2021

18.11.2020 (Wednesday at 4.15 pm)– Dr. Ko-Ju Chuang

(Laboratory Astrophysics and Cluster Physics Group Max Planck Institute for Astronomy, Heidelberg and Institute for Solid State Physics, Friedrich Schiller University Jena Germany)

Title: Formation of interstellar organic molecules in early star-forming regions

You can download video of the talk here

17.06.2020 – Sean N. Raymond

(Laboratoire d'Astrophysique de Bordeaux)
Title: Origin of water on earth and rocky exoplanets

31.07.2019 – Oliver Trapp

(Ludwig Maximilians University, Munich)

Title: Early Pathways to Life: Mechanisms to DNA, Molecular Evolution and Homochirality

12.06.2019 – Mario Trieloff

(Institute of Earth Sciences, University of Heidelberg)

Title: Origin of the Earth's Atmosphere

29.05.2019 – Thomas Carell

(Ludwig Maximilians University, Munich)

Title: Chemistry towards Origin of Life

27.05.2020 – Ben K. D. Pearce

(Physics & Astronomy – Astrobiology, McMaster University)

Title: Biogenic Worlds: How HCN is produced in Titan's atmosphere

10.04.2019 – Renyu Hu

(Jet Propulsion Laboratory/California Institute of Technology, Pasadena)

Title: Stability of Habitable Environments on Terrestrial Exoplanets

30.01.2019 – Robin Garrod

(University of Virginia)

Title: New Simulations and Observations of Highly-complex Molecules in Star-forming Regions

05.12.2018 – Sarah Rugheimer

(University of Oxford)

Title: Influence of Stellar UV Environment on Detecting Biosignatures and Pre-Biosignatures in the Atmospheres of Earth-like Planets Around Other Stars

07.11.2018 – Rene Heller

(Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research, Göttingen)

Title: The Perils and Merits of Living Around a Red Dwarf Star

18.07.2018 – Christian Mayer

(University of Duisburg-Essen)

Title: Vesicle Evolution as a Starting Point for Life?

27.06.2018 – Stephen J. Mojzsis

(University of Colorado)

Title: After the Moon - The Onset of Giant Planet Migration at ca. 4.49 Gyr ago

13.06.2018 – Dimitry Semenov

(Department of Chemistry, Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich)

Title: Organics in Space

02.05.2018 – David Deamer

(University of California)

Title: Hydrothermal Vents or Hydrothermal Fields: Where can Life begin?

28.02.2018 – Lena Noack

(FU, Berlin)

Title: Volcanic Activity on Rocky Planets – Implications for the Habitability of Exoplanets

07.02.2018 – Daniel Apai

(University of Arizona)

Title: Building Habitable Worlds: Exo-Earth Formation and the Delivery of Volatiles and Organics

29.11.2017 – Mark van Zuilen

(Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris)

Title: Tracing Life in the early Rock Record

08.11.2017 – Ralf Kaiser

(University of Hawaii)

Title: "Exploiting Tunable Vacuum Ultraviolet Light to Unravel the Synthesis of Biorelevant Molecules in Deep Space"

26.07.2017 - Sebastian Pallmann

(Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, München)

Title: "Scouting Chemical Networks" Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, München)

14.06.2017 – Mark Harrison

(University of California, Los Angeles)

Title: "A New View of Early Earth and its Habitability"

03.05.2017 – Frank Postberg

(Institute of Earth Sciences, University of Heidelberg)

Title: "The Search for Life on Icy Ocean Moons in the Solar System"

12.04.2017 – Bernard Marty

(Centre de Recherches Pétrographiques et Géochimiques Vandœuvre-lès-Nancy, France)

Title: "Origin of Water and other Volatile Elements in Inner Planets, in the Light of the Recent Results from the Rosetta Mission"

11.01.2017 – Edwin Bergin

(University of Michigan, Department of Astronomy)

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

21.12.2016 – 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"

30.11.2016 – Christian Hallmann

(Max-Planck-Institute for Biogeochemistry, MARUM, University of Bremen)

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

16.11.2016 – Albrecht Ott

(Universität des Saarlandes)

Title: "Spontaneous Autocatalysis in a Prebiotic Broth"

05.10.2016 – Bruce Fegley

(Washington University St. Louis)

Title: "Chemical models of Earth's early atmosphere"

01.06.2016 – Peter Schuster

(University of Vienna)

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

18.05.2016 – Ximena C. Abrevaya

(CONICET, Buenos Aires)

Title: "Astrobiology: interdisciplinary approaches for a multidisciplinary science"

11.05.2016 – Paul Higgs

(Origins Institute, McMaster University, Ontario)

Title: "From Chemistry to Biology: How did the RNA World get started?" (Organized by Th. K. Henning) 

06.04.2016 – Farid Salama

(NASA-Ames Research Center, CA, USA)

Title: "Organic Matter in Space" (Organized by Th. K. Henning) 

09.03.2016 – 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"

10.02.2016 – Ralph Pudritz

(McMaster University Hamilton, Canada)

Title: "Amino acid and Nucleobase Synthesis in Meteoritic Parent Bodies"

25.03.2015 – William F. Martin

(University Düsseldorf)
Title: In the Beginning it was Dark: Hydrothermal Vents and the Origin of Life

24.03.2015 – Dirk Schulze-Makuch

(University of Washington, Seattle)
Title: Investigating Planetary Habitability on Multiple Scales: Of Water Droplets, Microbialites, and Global Biospheres

22.04.2015 – Dieter Braun

(LMU Munich)
Title: Nonequilibrium Routes to Darwinian Evolution

06.05.2015 - John Sutherland

(MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge, UK)
Title: Origins of Life Systems Chemistry

17.06.2015 – 

Ulrich Schreiber

(University Duisburg-Essen): 
Title: Origin of Life in Tectonic Fault Zones of the Earth's Crust

Christian Mayer 

(University Duisburg-Essen) 

Title: Periodic Vesicle Formation in Tectonic Fault Zones: An Ideal Scenario for Molecular Evolution

08.06.2015 – David Catling 

(University of Washington, Seattle): 
Title: The Evolution of Atmospheres on Inhabited and Lifeless Planets
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