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Interdisciplinary Origin of Life Meeting 2024

The Origin of Life Early Career Network (OoLEN) is pleased to announce that this year’s Interdisciplinary Origin of Life Meeting for Early Career Researchers (IOoL2024) will take place on September 23rd-25th at the University of Strasbourg (France).

City of Strasbourg

Venue Palais Universitaire

Venue Palais Universitaire


  • Yannick Geiger (local host and lead)
  • Omer Markovitch
  • Celia Blanko


  • Golo Storch (CRC 392 Molecular Evolution in Prebiotic Environments)
  • Fondation Jean-Marie Lehn

With the support of:

Thank you to our generous sponsors!

Thank you to our generous sponsors!

The meeting

The IOoL conference, OoLEN’s biannual meeting, is a prime opportunity for early-career researchers to present their work on the origins of life in a relaxed setting, to exchange ideas across different disciplines relevant to understanding the origin and nature of living systems, and to stimulate discussions and ideas to help guide the future of research on these topics. The IOoL meeting further provides an opportunity for early career researchers to connect with each other and immerse themselves in the community outside their own labs.

The meeting is open to any early-career researcher (master student, PhD student, post-doc, PI < 3 years) working in the context of the origins of life. Membership in OoLEN at the time of registration is not mandatory but we strongly encourage to join the network!


Our OoLEN community at IOoL2022 in Montreal, Canada


Our OoLEN community at IOoL2018 in Düsseldorf, Germany


Registrations are now closed.

Register now!

Registration deadline extended to June 21st, 2024. No fee is required but you’ll have to handle your own travel and accommodation.


The event will feature presentations by the participants. Upon registering, you can express your interest in giving a talk – it can be about your work or a viewpoint you want to share. We’ll review all applications and confirm the speaker lineup by mid-July. If you’re not selected for a talk, you’ll still have the opportunity to showcase your work through a poster presentation. The tentative schedule below will be updated by the end of July.

Preliminary Programme

Preliminary Programme

Travel tips


Strasbourg can be reached by car (highways A4 & A35), train (direct connections to Paris, Germany, Switzerland) and plane (Strasbourg airport SXB, or nearby airports in Frankfurt am Main, Paris or Basel/Mulhouse). Consider an Interrail pass (or Eurail for non-European citizens/residents) if you are planning to explore the region before or after the meeting (if you’re under 27, you can take advantage of special discounts).


Book as soon as possible to avoid the tourist rush! Hotel Esplanade & The People Hostel are budget-friendly options near the venue.


The meeting will be held at the old university building („Palais Universitaire“, not the Institut de Sciences et d’Ingénierie Supramoléculaires (ISIS) as initially communicated). It can be reached by tram (lines C, E and F, stops „Gallia“ or “Université”, highlighted in the map below) and is a ~20min walk away from the historical city centre.

Google Maps Directions


Map of venue in Strasbourg

Tram map

Tram map of Strasbourg


If you have questions or requirements concerning registration, the programme or practical issues, please contact Yannick Geiger at y(DOT)geiger(AT)unistra(DOT)fr.