Lectures, in chronologial order:

Synthetic genomics | 

Craig Venter, J. Craig Venter Institute, United States

Reconstructing the first cells | 

Jack Szostak, 2009 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, United States

Noncoding RNAs: with a viral twist| 

Joan Steitz, Yale University and Howard Hughes Medical Institute, United States

The phylogenomic roots of modern biochemistry| 

Gustavo Caetano-Anolles, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, United States

The generation of prebiotic molecules in cometary impacts| 

Jennifer Blank, Carl Sagan Center, SETI Institute, United States

Evolution of nucleic acids under abiological conditions | 

Gerald Joyce, Scripps Research Institute, United States

On the emergence of life through “negative” entropy trapping | 

Michael Russel, California Institute of Technology, United States

Lamarck redux: Prions, Hsp90, and the inheritance of environmentally acquired traits | 

Susan Lindquist, Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research, MIT, United States

Hunting the Molecular Past | 

Eske Willerslev, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Evolution differently: the origins of prokaryotes | 

Charles Kurland, Evolutionary Biology Centre, BMC, Uppsala, Sweden