"What is life?" - This fundamental question has been occupying mankind for centuries. Quite recently, research areas located especially at the interface between the natural and life sciences emerged that provide new insights on this question. Within the completed funding initiative, the Volkswagen Foundation has supported single investigator projects as well as (international) cooperative projects which hold promise of producing novel findings on principles of life. The majority of the projects are still running. The symposium will offer an international platform for scientific exchange based on the results achieved to date within the funding program. Established state-of-the-art as well as relevant developments in connected fields at the interface between the natural and life sciences will be addressed in 15 project presentations.
"Life? - A Fresh Scientific Approach to the Basic Principles of Life"
November 29-30, 2022
Xplanatorium Herrenhausen Palace, Hanover, Germany
A preliminary program can be found in the download section.
Thomas Carell, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
The conference language is English.
Participation is only open for scientists funded within the initiative. Please register by clicking on the Registration button.
Please note that you are responsible for booking your accommodation. As Hanover is a city that hosts many fairs, we recommend booking a room as soon as you have registered. We have blocked rooms in different hotels. Please see "Accommodation for Participants" in the download section.
Venue and Public Transport
The conference will be held at the Xplanatorium Herrenhausen Palace, a modern conference center in Hanover, Germany. You can reach the venue by subway: Take line 4 or 5 and get off at "Herrenhäuser Gärten".
The funding initiative "Life? - A Fresh Scientific Approach to the Basic Principles of Life" was launched in 2015. Until 2020, 36 mainly international joint projects, totaling 48 million euros, have been funded. In the coming years, the focus of this initiative will be on status symposia fostering scientific exchange and networking among the groups funded.