Kraw Lecture: Assembling Life—How can life begin on Earth and other habitable planets?

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Our Kraw Lecture Series is so fantastic, we want to bring it right to you via livestreaming. If you aren't able to join us in person, stream distinguished professor David Deamer's talk on the beginnings of life, and join in the conversation via online comments. Join us virtually at 6:45 p.m.—or at 6 p.m. at the UC Santa Cruz Silicon Valley Campus for a pre-event reception!

Our knowledge of how life on Earth began is incomplete. While some pieces of the puzzle are firmly established by the laws of chemistry and physics, there is still conjecture about what the Earth was like four billion years ago, based on reasonable extrapolations from observing today's Earth. David Deamer's research tests the hypothesis that hydrothermal fresh water pools associated with volcanic land masses are a plausible site for life to begin. Deamer will discuss how conditions in volcanic regions like Kamchatka, Iceland and Hawaii could yield clues about the origin of life in a fresh water environment—and implications for the search for life on Mars and icy moons like Enceladus and Europa.

The Kraw Lecture Series welcomes alumni, parents, students, and friends of UC Santa Cruz to enjoy compelling science and technology faculty presentations.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at 6:00pm to 8:30pm

UC Santa Cruz Silicon Valley Campus 3175 Bowers Avenue Santa Clara ca

Event Type

Lectures & Presentations

Invited Audience

General Public


Science & Technology



Free admission

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