Mid-term Conference of the RNP
Peering into the Cradle of Life:
Processes and Habitats on the Archean Earth
April 11-12, 2008
Michael Bau (Jacobs University Bremen)
The most important physical and chemical conditions when life evolved at the surface of the Archean Earth remain poorly constrained and the driving forces behind the formation and development of the earliest continents are unclear. Extrapolating our knowledge of the modern Earth, including plate tectonics, (bio)geochemical cycles and microbiological ecology back to the first two billion years of Earth history is fraught with difficulty. Life emerged in conditions that may or may not have a modern analogue. This workshop is designed to discuss the latest developments in these fields, within four major themes:
1. Archean geodynamics, magmatism and hydrothermal systems;
2. The Earth’s earliest sedimentary environments;
3. Nature, composition and interactions between the Archean atmosphere and oceans;
4. The emergence and evolution of early life.
The meeting will be of interest to a wide variety of earth and planetary scientists working in fields related to the early Archean Earth, including geology, geochemistry, geophysics, microbiology, exobiology and geo-chronology.
Invited speakers will lead discussions in each key area. Contributions, either oral or poster, within these four sessions are strongly encouraged. Presentations should be short (15 mins) and will be coupled with extensive, informal discussion sessions.
Poster format is preferred to be A0 portrait. Please let us know if your poster is a different format, so we can let you know if we can accept it or not.
Participation will be limited to 100.
Venue: Austria Center Vienna
Please fill in the online registration form on this site
workshop is supported by the European Science Foundation as part
of the research network Archean Environment: the habitat of
Please submit abstracts (max. 1 side of A4) before February 8, 2008 to Marjolein Mullen (email@example.com) . The length of most talks will be only 15 minutes and integrated into an extended period of discussion; oral presentations will be limited in number and will be selected.
The deadline for registration is February 29, 2008.
You should arrange your own accommodation independently after you have registered. You can select from a wide range of hotels through the website of the EGU meeting. EGU 2008 will immediately follow the workshop.
For more information please contact the workshop secretary:
Marjolein Mullen (Utrecht University) firstname.lastname@example.org