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The symposium On Human Origins and the Future of Humanity will take place April 18/19 in the 50th year of the discovery of Lucy by Prof. Donald Johanson who will be one of a number of keynote speakers. Johanson's discovery forever changed mankind's view of ourselves. The program will delve into the origin of life itself and will highlight further and recent developments in the understanding of our genetic heritage, evaluating how mankind has evolved and what new scientific discoveries and technologies will mean for human life going forward. The program will consider where humankind is potentially headed given new scientific understanding and discoveries, that offer the abilities to extend life and human capabilities. We will look at our place as a species, in terms of time, our role in nature, in tangent with the many challenges and opportunities that lay before us, such as ecological instability, species extinction and procurement and allocation of dwindling resources.

Welcome to an exciting symposium!

Speakers

Frances H. Arnold*: Evolution for Chemical Innovation
Emmanuelle Charpentier*: CRISPR-Cas: the power of microbiology for a transformative genomic engineering technology
Ben L. Feringa*: Exploring Molecular Signatures of Life
Christer Fuglesang: Spaceflight: past, current and future
Tim Hunt*: Pain and suffering: the agony of not knowing
Donald C. Johanson: Our Place in the Future: Lessons from a 3-million-year-old ancestor
Robert S. Langer: Future Vaccines and therapeutics ; approaches to deliver mRNA and other macromolecules
Jean-Marie Lehn*: Steps toward Complex Matter: Chemistry !
Morten Meldal*: Molecular Click Adventures – A Leap from the Shoulders of Giants
Katherine Richardson: Planetary Boundaries: A tool to guide management of Human-Earth interactions
Jack W. Szostak*: The Origin of Life: Not as Hard as it Looks?
J. Craig Venter: Designing new life to recapitulate evolution
Omar M. Yaghi: Molecular Precision for Betterment of Humanity

* Nobel laureates

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