Self-organizing systems and the origin of life

Feb 19, 2021, 11:00 am11:00 am
Virtual event
Event Description

Please note 11AM EST starting hour, one hour later than our usual time. To receive the Zoom link, please register here

We often study complex biological systems that were sculpted over long timescales by evolution, as well as the process of evolution itself. In this symposium, we turn instead to self-organizing systems and study ways in which life itself can emerge. This field is highly multi-disciplinary, drawing on tools and perspectives from biology, chemistry, physics, and applied math.

11:00AM - 12:30PM EST: Life is What?
Sara Walker, Arizona State University

1:00 - 2:30PM EST: Lessons from molecular evolution: From origin of life to phage-based nano materials
Irene Chen, UCLA

3:00 - 4:30PM EST: Living Synthetic Matter
Michael Brenner, Harvard University


  • Initiative for the Theoretical Sciences (ITS)
  • CUNY doctoral programs in Physics and Biology