ELSI Past & Future
ELSI Past & Future
The 10th ELSI international symposium will be the last international symposium of ELSI (ELSI 1.0) during the WPI funded period. The symposium aims to synthesize our 10-year achievements to address the initial key questions for ELSI 1.0, including How did Earth and our planetary system form? How was life born as a consequence of Earth’s formation and evolution? How did the Earth-Life system evolve over 4.5 billion years? Are there other bioplanets in the universe? Through the symposium, we would also discuss the missions, visions, and goals of ELSI 2.0 after the WPI funded period. The key questions for ELSI 2.0 include How can we further tighten linkage Earth-Life science? How can ELSI be a leader for the global origins community? How can we be a self-propelled, science institute engaged by the public? While keeping existing approaches in ELSI 1.0 to understand key transitions toward the emergence of our Earth-Life system, we in ELSI 2.0 will try to understand/predict the possibilities of alternative “planet-life systems” to exist anywhere in the universe. We will discuss the science visions in ELSI 2.0 in this symposium. We are looking forward to your participation.
Dates: Wednesday-Friday, 12-14 January, 2022
Location: This will be a virtual event held online (see below for details about registering and connecting online)
Scientific Organizing Committee: The symposium is co-chaired by founding ELSI Director Kei Hirose and ELSI Vice Director Yasuhito Sekine.
Abstract of the Symposium: ELSI is a unique institute inspired and organized around the grand challenge of origin(s) of life and planets. As a permanent institute based at a university, it is a rare and special treasure for the many fields of study that are intimately connected to this big question.
PART 1. SYNTHESIS OF ELSI 1.0
Session 1-1. How did Earth form? (Chairs: Shigeru Ida, Hidenori Genda, Kei Hirose)
Session 1-2. How was life born? (Chairs: Jim Cleaves, Ryuhei Nakamura, Kosuke Fujishima)
Session 1-3. How did the Earth-Life system evolve? (Chairs: Shawn McGlynn, Yuichiro Ueno, Joe Kirschvink)
Session 1-4. Are there other bioplanets in the universe? (Chairs: John Hernlund, Nathaniel Virgo, Yuka Fujii)
PART 2. MISSIONS, VISIONS, AND GOALS OF ELSI 2.0
Session 2-1. How can we further tighten linkage Earth-Life science? (Chairs: Eric Smith, Tomo Matsuura, Hiro Kurokawa)
Session 2-2. How can ELSI be a leader for the global origins community? (Chairs: Yasu Sekine, Piet Hut, Mary Voytek)
Session 2-3. What's the role of a research institute on Outreach & Science Communication? (Chairs: Thilina Heenatigala, Yasu Sekine, Christine Houser)
Schedule (Japan Standard Time)
Wednesday 12 January
08:30-09:00 Kei Hirose (ELSI) The fate of Earth's water and the light elements in the core
09:00-09:20 Shigeru Ida (ELSI) Where did the building materials of the Earth and its life come from?
Thursday 13 January
Friday 14 January
Code of Conduct
Harassment of any kind will not be tolerated. All event attendees and staff have the right to a space that is free of all forms of discrimination, harassment, bullying, and/or retaliation. Participants who are requested to stop any harassing behaviour are expected to comply immediately. If you wish to report harassment, suspect that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a member of the organizing committee as soon as possible.