The symposium will offer an international platform for scientific exchange based on the results achieved to date within the funding program. Established state-of-the-art as well as relevant developments in connected fields at the interface between the natural and life sciences will be addressed in about 20 presentations. Additionally, a poster session will provide the opportunity to present and discuss the results in greater detail.
A detailed program can be found under downloads.
Paul G. Higgs, Origins Institute, McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada
Imre Berger, Max Planck Bristol Centre for Minimal Biology, Bristol, UK
Scientific: Prof. Dr. Andreas Janshoff, Institute of Physical Chemistry, University of Goettingen, Germany
Administration: Petra Lappe, Institute of Physical Chemistry, University of Goettingen, Germany
The conference language is English.
Participation is only open for scientists funded within the initiative. Please register by clicking on the registration link.
Please note that you are responsible for booking your accommodation. As Hanover is a city that hosts many fairs, we recommend booking a room as soon as you have registered. We have blocked rooms in different hotels. Please see "Accommodation for Participants" in the download section.
Venue and Public Transport
The conference will be held at Herrenhausen Palace, a modern conference center in Hanover, Germany. You can reach the venue by subway: Take line 4 or 5 and get off at "Herrenhäuser Gärten".
The funding initiative "Life? - A Fresh Scientific Approach to the Basic Principles of Life" was launched in 2015. Up to now, the Volkswagen Foundation supported 21 projects with about 27 Mio. Euros.