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IAI Live April

Monday 3rd April - 17:00 BST

IAI Live April

Sara Walker, Johnjoe McFadden, Marina Cortês, Lee Cronin, Alex Rosenberg

IAI Live April brings together a stellar line-up to debate whether we can ever know what the origin of life is.

Featuring an interview with a leading scientist, a Headline Debate, and a unique solo talk from pioneering chemist Lee Cronin, with two documentaries and music. IAI Live April is not one to miss.

Humans have always marvelled at the wonders of life. But for nearly a century science has had an explanation for the immense variety of life forms on the earth. Out of a primordial soup a random combination of chemicals generated the building blocks of life. Evolution did the rest. But might this account be fundamentally mistaken? Despite decades of effort, biologists and biochemists have been unable to evolve living things from inorganic material. The emergence of the first cell and the development of complex life remain a mystery.

Might the origin of life perhaps never be uncovered by biologists? Is the failure to explain the origin of life a fundamental threat to the whole evolutionary story? Or might we be able at some point to demonstrate the evolution of cells from inorganic material and the subsequent development of complex life forms, and if so where might this solution be found?

See the full programme for the event below: