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Schrödinger at 75—The Future of Biology



5th - 6th September, 2018

The National Concert Hall, Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2, Ireland


In 1943, Erwin Schrödinger, the Nobel Prize-winning physicist, then Director of Theoretical Physics at the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies (DIAS), 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 heredity 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




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

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

John O’Keefe —University College London, UK— 2014 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

Philip Campbell —Nature Publishing Group, UK

Karl Deisseroth —Stanford University, USA

Jennifer Doudna —University of California, Berkeley, USA

Michael Gazzaniga —University of California, Santa Barbara, USA

Leroy Hood —Institute for Systems Biology, USA

Christof Koch —Allen Institute for Brain Science, USA

Nick Lane —University College London, UK

Ottoline Leyser —University of Cambridge, UK

Svante Pääbo —Max Planck Institute, Leipzig, Germany

Linda Partridge —Max Planck Institute, Cologne, Germany

Danielle Bassett -—University of Pennsylvania

Daniel Dennett —Tufts University

Kathryn Holt —University of Melbourne

Saul Kato —University of California, San Francisco

Murray Shanahan —Google Deepmind and Imperial College London

Beth Shapiro —University of California, Santa Cruz

Kay Tye —Massachusetts Institute of Technology




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

Zhanna O'Clery—Trinity Development and Alumni



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