Welcome to the homepage for the HGT and LUCA Conference to be held between the 5th and 6th of September 2013.

 

The conveners for the conference and local organising committee are:

 

  • Dr Sohan Jheeta - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - 0044 (0) 7951 024738
  • Dr Martin Dominik - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - 0044 (0) 1334 463068
  • Prof Nigel J Mason OBE - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - 0044 (0) 1908 655132
  • Ms Beverley Bishop - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - 0044 (0) 1908 655253

 

The conference will be hosted at the Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA, England, UK:

 

The Open University (OU) was inaugurated as a ‘distance learning university’ in January 1971 by the then Prime Minister, Harold Wilson. The University is situated in the town of Milton Keynes which was founded in 1967.

The ethos of the OU is to give those individuals who ‘missed the boat’ of further education during their earlier lives the opportunity to pursue higher education and gain qualifications. This is achieved by distance learning programmes and, as a result, the OU does not have regular students on campus.

The OU opened to its first students - 25,000 of them in total - with a choice of multi-disciplinary courses in the arts, social sciences, science or mathematics. Today, the Open University is recognised all over the world as a centre of excellence for all levels of higher education.

 

International Scientific Committee Members and confirmed speakers:

 

Prof Christopher P McKay

NASA Ames, Moffett Field, California, USA

Prof Michael Russell

Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, USA

Prof Patrick  Forterre

Institut Pasteur, Paris, France

Prof John F Allen

Queen Mary, University of London, UK

Prof Robert Pascal

Institut des Biomolécules Max Mousseron, Université Montpellier. France

Prof Eugene Koonin

NCBI, NLM, NIH, Bethesda, Maryland, USA

Prof Armen Mulkidjanian

University of Osnabruck, Germany

Prof Prakash Joshi

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York. USA

Prof Addy Pross

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beersheba, Israel

Prof Andrew Pohorille

NASA Ames Research Centre, Moffett Field, California, USA