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Schrödinger at 75—The Future of Biology

Schrödinger at 75—The Future of Biology

In 1943, Erwin Schrödinger, the Nobel Prize winning physicist, gave three public lectures entitled ‘What is Life?' at Trinity College Dublin. Following their publication in 1944 as a book of the same name, these lectures had a tremendous influence on the development of molecular biology. We will mark the 75th anniversary of these lectures with an unprecedented gathering of some of the most brilliant minds working in biology today.

When Schrödinger gave his original lectures in 1943, the basis for hereditary was the urgent unsolved question. Our speakers will address the current burning issues in biology—including the basis of the mind and consciousness, ageing, gene editing, synthetic biology, bioenergetics and the origin of life—and will recapture the spirit of Schrödinger’s lectures by exploring the future of biology.


Public lecture by Daniel Dennett — Tufts University, USA

Linda Buck—Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, USA
2004 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine

Philip Campbell—Nature Publishing Group, UK

Karl Deisseroth—Stanford University, USA

Jennifer Doudna—University of California, Berkeley, USA

Bernard Feringa—University of Groningen, Netherlands
2016 Nobel Prize in Chemistry

Michael Gazzaniga—University of California, Santa Barbara, USA

Christof Koch—Allen Institute for Brain Science, USA

Leroy Hood—Institute for Systems Biology, USA

Nick Lane—University College London, UK

Ottoline Leyser—University of Cambridge, UK

John O’Keefe—University College London, UK
2014 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine

Svante Pääbo—Max Planck Institute, Leipzig, Germany

Linda Partridge—Max Planck Institute, Cologne, Germany

Thomas Südhof—Stanford University School of Medicine, USA
2013 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine

Susumu Tonegawa—Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
1987 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine

Ada Yonath—Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel
2009 Nobel Prize in Chemistry


Luke O’Neill—Trinity College Dublin
Mike Murphy—University of Cambridge
Cliona O’Farrelly—Trinity College Dublin
Tomás Ryan—Trinity College Dublin
Dave Fahy—Black Square Events

For more information please visit www.tcd.ie/biosciences/whatislife/

Posted on 12/01/2018

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