Science of Early Life
November 18 - 20, 2019
Kloster Seeon 2019

Conference Chairs: Thomas Henning & Oliver Trapp

Science of Early Life Conference 2019 Scientific Program Submit an Abstract Venue Registration


This interdisciplinary conference will present leading research in the Origins of Life, covering experimental, observational, and theoretical aspects.

Topics of the conference cover:
  • Astrochemistry

  • Prebiotic Chemistry

  • DNA and RNA Chemistry

  • Molecular Evolution

  • Non-equilibrium Chemistry, "Matter to Life”

  • Chirality

  • Computational and Mathematical Modelling

  • Geology and Chemistry


Scientific Program

Confirmed Speakers:

Dieter Braun, Department of Physics, LMU Munich, Germany
Thomas Carell, Department of Chemistry, LMU Munich, Germany
Michele Fiore, Universite de Lyon, France
Daniele Fulvio, Departamento de Física, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
Paul Higgs, Department of Physics and Astronomy, McMaster University  Hamilton, Canada
Phil Holliger, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Bill Martin, Institute of Molecular Evolution, Heinrich-Heine-University, Duesseldorf, Germany
Cornelia Meinert, Institut de Chimie, University Nice Sophia Antipolis, France
Joseph Moran, Laboratory of Chemical Catalysis, Institut de Science et d’Ingenierie Supramoleculaires, Strasbourg, France
Matt Powner, UCL, London, United Kingdom
Ralph Pudritz, Department of Physics and Astronomy, McMaster University  Hamilton, Canada
Mario Trieloff, Institut fuer Geowissenschaften, University Heidelberg, Germany
Wolfgang Weigand, Institute of Inorganic Chemistry, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Germany


Monday November 18th 2019

9:00     Opening of the Conference

Session A

9:10 –   9:40


9:40 – 10:10



10:10 – 10:40  Coffee Break

Session B

10:40 – 11:10


11:10 – 11:40


11:40 – 12:10



Round-Table Discussion

12:10 – 12:40

Discussion with Speakers of Sessions A & B


12:40 – 14:00  Lunch

Session C

14:00 – 14:30




15:00 – 15:30

Short presentation of posters – Part 1


15:30 – 16:00  Coffee Break

Session D

16:00 – 16:30


16:30 – 17:00


17:00 – 17:30



Round-Table Discussion

17:30 – 18:00

Discussion with Speakers of Sessions C & D


18:15 – 20.00  Dinner

Tuesday November 19th 2019

Session E

9:00 –   9:30


9:30 – 10:00


10:00 – 10:30



10:30 – 11:00  Coffee Break

Session F

11:00 – 11:30


11:30 – 12:00


12:00 – 12:30



Round-Table Discussion

12:30 – 13:00

Discussion with Speakers of Sessions E & F


13:00 – 14:00   Lunch

Session G

14:00 – 14:30




15:00 – 15:30

Short presentation of posters – Part 2


15:30 – 16:00  Coffee Break

16:00 – 18:00 Poster Session

18:15 – 20.00  Dinner


Wednesday November 20th 2019

Session H

9:00 –   9:30


9:30 – 10:00


10:00 – 10:30



Round-Table Discussion

10:30 – 11:00

Discussion with Speakers of Sessions G & H


11:00 – 11:30  Coffee Break

Session I

11:30 – 12:00


12:00 – 12:30


12:30 – 13:00



13:00 – 14:00   Lunch

Session J

14:00 – 14:30





Round-Table Discussion

15:00 – 15:30

Discussion with Speakers of Sessions I & J



Presentation of Poster Awards

Closing of the Conference


Submit an Abstract

Submissions of abstracts for oral and poster presentations covering all aspects of Origins of Life are welcome. We are striving to ensure the broadest possible coverage of recent advances. In order for the scientific committee to develop appropriate oral and poster sessions for the program, we strongly encourage you to submit an abstract online through this website. Please note that you need to be registered for the conference in order to make a valid contribution.

Abstract submissions are will be accepted online for both oral and poster abstracts. Please use the following template (Rich Text Format, *.rtf) and email your completed submission to on or before November 1st 2019.

Abstract Template

 Abstracts will only be accepted for registered participants.

The size of the poster board will be 130 cm (height) x 100 cm (width). The presenters may display their posters from Monday, November 18th 9 am until Wednesday, November 20th at 3 pm. Any material remaining after that time will be discarded.

Boards and posters will be numbered according to the abstract number found in this book. Appropriate mounting material is provided by the organizers and can be obtained from the conference desk.

Presenting poster authors are requested to prepare two summarizing slides for the poster short presentations on Monday and Tuesday.



The conference takes place at Kloster Seeon, a former Benedictine monastery with state-of-the-art equipment and a ***Superior Hotel in Upper Bavaria.


How to get there:

By airplane and train

Next airports are Munich and Salzburg, convenient train connections exist.
Please take a train to the station Bad Endorf or Traunstein, then continue by taxi.

Please send us your travel details and we will coordinate taxi transfer to the conference center.

As a member of the TOP 250 German conference hotels, Kloster Seeon can offer you particularly favourable train tickets online for your arrival and departure to the Sience of Early Life Conference 2019.

Book Train Connection

By car
from highway A8 coming from Munich:
exit 106 Bernau via Prien, Rimsting, Eggstätt, Roitham
or via Prien, Rimsting, Breitbrunn, Gstadt, Seebruck

from the B304 coming from Munich:
via Ebersberg, Wasserburg, Obing

from highway A8 coming from Salzburg:
exit 109 Grabenstätt via Chieming, Seebruck


Please register for the conference by completing the following registration form. You will recive a confirmation if your registration has been accepted.

Registration Form