Astrobiology Class Videos:
A platform for online courses in astrobiology was recently launched, with the goal to present astrobiology courses by international specialists to students working in this field and to the interested public. Classes are available in French, English, and Spanish; additional languages may be added later.
Seminar and Documentary Videos:
The links below are to high-quality videos and animations that may be useful to those interested in the scientific study of the Origins of Life. ISSOL cannot guarantee the scientific accuracy of all of the points made in these media, nor do we necessarily support any particular scientific point of view.
- By Neil Degrasse Tyson (May 2014)
- By Neil Degrasse Tyson (June 2016)
- By Eric Smith (Earth-Life Science Institute and Santa Fe Institute) in July 2015 at the Aspen Institute. The talk focuses on the concepts that can be used to think about the origin of life.
- By Nova Science about the RNA origin of life (April 2014)
- By Jack Szostak (Harvard MGH / HHMI) in May 2017 at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. The talk spans topics including prebiotic synthesis of nucleotides, lipid encapsulations, and non enzymatic RNA synthesis.
- By George Whitesides (Harvard University) in Nov 2016 at the University of New South Wales in Sydney. The talk discusses different chemical and physical aspects of living organisms with relevance to the origin of life.
- By Juli Peretó (Universitat de Valencia) in October 2016 (Catalan, with English subtitles). The talk has a focus on prebiotic chemistry and the historical development of OoL research.
- By Bruce Damer and Dave Deamer (both University of California, Santa Cruz) in January 2015 at the SETI Institute Forum. The talk discusses an origin of life on land in “warm little cycling pools”.
- By David Deamer (1st talk) and Bruce Damer (2nd talk) (both University of California, Santa Cruz) in July 2015 at the Shaw River, Strelley Pool Formation in Western Australia at the stromatolite discovery outcrop, with an introduction by Malcolm Walter. The talks discuss an origin of life on land in “warm little cycling pools”.
- The 6th International Symposium of the Earth Life Sciences Institute (ELSI) was held from January 9-11, 2018, at the Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan. Video presentations of the invited talks from the symposium are available here. Speakers included Haruyuki Atomi (Kyoto University), Eric Boyd (Montana State University), Rogier Braakman (MIT), George Cody (Carnegie Institution for Science), Donato Giovannelli (ELSI and Rutgers University), Paul Falkowski (Rutgers University), Christoph Flamm (University of Vienna), Masafumi Kameya (ELSI/University of Tokyo), Marc Koper (University of Leiden), Yamei Li (ELSI), Shawn McGlynn (ELSI), Joseph Moran (University of Strasbourg & CNRS), Shaunna Morrison (Carnegie Institution of Washington), Ryuhei Nakamura (ELSI/RIKEN), Vikas Nanda (Rutgers University), Takuro Nunoura (Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology), Marta Ruiz Bermejo (National Institute of Aerospatial Technology), Hong-Yan Shih (University of Illinois) Everett Shock (Arizona State University), Everett Shock (Arizona State University), George Whitesides (Harvard University). Topics covered a wide range of studies, ranging from elementary mechanisms in organic geochemistry to ecological systems evolutionary biology.