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Dear Colleagues,
On behalf of the local organizing committee, it is a great honor for me to welcome you to attend Origins 2014, which will be held at the Nara-ken New Public Hall, Nara, Japan, during July 6 (Sun)−July 11 (Fri), 2014, as the second joint international conference, ISSOL − the International Astrobiology Society and Bioastronomy (Commission 51 of the International Astronomical Union).
The mission of this conference is to bring together scientists from all over the world who are interested in the emergence of life on the Earth and in the Universe to share recent research achievements and future trends.
This conference will provide an opportunity with chemists, biologists, geologists, astronomers, planetary scientists, and those from other research fields to meet and discuss on mutual research interests for addressing questions of the origin and evolution of life on this planet and elsewhere in the Universe.
Nara was the most ancient capital of Japan, and has many historic places including several world heritages, as Todaiji temple, Kofukuji temple, Kasugataisha shrine, at which you can reach within 5-15 minute walk from the venue.
We are looking forward to seeing you in Nara, Japan!
With best regards,

Chair of Origins 2014 Kenji Ikehara


This the first announcement of Origins 2014. As planning proceeds during 2013 the website will provide further details regarding the program, registration, submission of abstracts and hotel accommodations.
Again, Welcome to Nara!

Local organizing committee

Chair Kenji IKEHARA The Open University of Japan, Nara Study Center
Honorary Chair Norio KAIFU National Astronomical Observatory of Japan, president of IAU
Advisers Katsuhiko SATO National Institutes of Natural Sciences
Kenji SODA Emeritus Prof. of Kyoto University
Members Tadashi OISHI Narasaho College
Masatoshi OHISHI National Astronomical Observatory of Japan
Kunio KAWAMURA Hiroshima Shudo University
Daisuke KIGA Tokyo Institute of Technology
Kensei KOBAYASHI Yokohama National University
Akihiko SHIMADA University of Tsukuba
Terue HARUMOTO Nara Women’s University
Noriko FUJII Kyoto University
Hajime MITA Fukuoka Institute of Technology
Hikaru YABUTA Osaka University
Akihiko YAMAGISHI Tokyo University of Pharmacy and Life Sciences

Scientific organizing committee

Athena Coustenis Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Meudon, France
Peter Gogarten University of Connecticut, Storrs, USA
Nils Holm Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden
Sun Kwok The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Antonio Lazcano Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico City, Mexico
Victoria Meadows The University of Washington, Seattle, USA
Karen Meech Institute for Astronomy, Hawaii, USA
Robert Pascal Université Montpellier, Montpellier, France
Sandra Pizzarello Arizona State University, Tempe, USA
Jill Tarter SETI Institute, Mountain View, USA

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