Day: Friday 20 March 2009
Venue: Litteraturhuset (Wergelandsveien 29, Oslo)
This event is aimed at the general public as well as those with a background in biology. Everybody is welcome! Free entrance - no registration required.
The origin and early evolution of life presents one of the most perplexing problems within evolutionary biology. Three specialists within the field will speak on this topic and answer questions: an evolutionary theorist, a microbiologist and a geologist. Eörs Szathmáry has, in collaboration with John Maynard Smith, published two important works discussing the major transitions in evolution, which will form the basis of the discussion.
David L. Bruton*, Natural History Museum, University of Oslo
Short introduction and serving as conferancier
*David L. Bruton is replacing Eörs Szathmáry, who had to cancel due to the flu.
Minik Thorleif Rosing, University of Copenhagen:
"The Earth - A life's work: The accomplishments of 4 billion years of Darwinian evolution"
Nicola McLoughlin, Centre for Geobiology, University of Bergen:
"Darwin's lost world - the co-evolution of microbial life and our planet" (Abstract)
The introductions will be followed by a debate and questions from the audience.http://www.cees.uio.no/darwin/cees/20-march-2009-litteraturhuset.html