The mystery of the origin of life is a mission that should be solved during this century. This topic is intimately related to the question, "what is life?" Regarding the origins of life, there have been heated discussions about which world came first: the RNA, protein, or lipid world. Each researcher promotes his or her favorite world. However, life could not been realized without synergetic interplay between all three of these worlds. One plausible approach to understanding the origin of life is to synthesize a model protocell that biochemically involves these three worlds. In this symposium, representative researchers at the forefront of this topic will gather together to discuss the latest findings. The discussion should reveal the mechanism through which hierarchical dynamics as a life, such as self-proliferation and evolution, emerge from the elements of primitive model protocells. This symposium is expected to provide a universal understanding of cellular life and to present a clear perspective of this research field through synergetic cooperation among three worlds.

Date & Venue

May 29-30, 2017
The main auditorium,
Graduate School of Mathematical Sciences,
The University of Tokyo, Komaba, Meguro, Tokyo, Japan

Important dates

Deadline for Registration
May 1, 2017 May 15, 2017
Deadline for abstract submission
May 1, 2017


Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research on Innovative Areas,
MEXT, Japan
Synergy of Fluctuation and Structure: 

Quest for Universal Laws in Non-Equilibrium Systems
Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research on Innovative Areas,
MEXT, Japan
Hadean Bioscience
Universal Biology Institute, The University of Tokyo
The NOVARTIS Foundation (Japan)
for the Promotion of Science