Published: Oct. 6, 2017
artist’s impression of a planet early in its history

Image credit: NASA Goddard Flight Center

For millenia, the origin of life has been an active topic of fascination, debate and investigation. Only recently has substantial progress been made that begins to put together a consistent and coherent picture for the time period leading up to a "habitable solar system," the first 50 to 100 million years after the Sun and planets formed.

If you go

Who: Open to the public
What: Before Life
When: Thursday, Oct. 12, 4–6:30 p.m.
Where: Fiske Planetarium Theater

Much remains unclear, however, of the nature of this primordial evolution that set the stage for life.

On Oct. 12, leading thinkers in the field of life’s origins will synthesize what we know, what we don’t and where we are headed. They will highlight key points of agreement and contention as well as recommendations for progress. Specifically, the focus will be on the earliest times—Before Life.

The discussion will be moderated by Stephen Benner, Distinguished Fellow at the Foundation for Applied Molecular Evolution, and Professor Stephen Mojzsis, Collaborative Research in Origins (CRiO) at CU Boulder.

Hosted by The John Templeton Foundation and the FfAME Origins program, this free, public event will be held at Fiske Planetarium. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis and will be available after 3:30 p.m. on the day of the event.

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