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PCE3 Virtual Workshop 2022

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Nano-to-Cosmic Studies of Complex Systems

October 19-21, 2022

This workshop aims to unify views of origins of life research by exploring systems chemistry as a proxy tool for characterizing and constraining complex natural settings and circumstances. The workshop’s speakers and discussions between participants will assess the strengths and weaknesses of different metrics with the potential to describe the early Earth as a complex system and increase appreciation for statistical analyses of complex systems. A white paper will be written to summarize the outcomes of the meeting discussions and to present directions for future work. The workshop will be held virtually on Zoom on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, October 19-21, 2022, from 9am-5pm Eastern each day. A full schedule is available here.

    Workshop Organizers:

  • Zach Adam (University of Wisconsin Madison, USA) - workshop co-chair
  • Jennifer Glass (Georgia Institute of Technology, USA) - workshop co-chair


1. Early Earth as a Complex System

  • Jun Korenaga (Yale University, USA) – session co-chair, speaker
  • Andy Ridgwell (University of California Riverside, USA) – session co-chair, speaker
  • Beth Ann Bell (University of California Los Angeles, USA) – speaker
  • Stephanie Olson (Purdue University, USA) - speaker
  • Linda Sohl (Columbia University & NASA Goddard, USA) - speaker
  • Kevin Zahnle (NASA Ames Research Center, USA) - speaker

2. Systems Chemistry: Tools and Analyses

  • Irene Chen (University of California Los Angeles, USA) – session co-chair
  • Nita Sahai (University of Akron, USA) – session co-chair, speaker
  • Ulrich Gerland (Technische Universität München, Germany) - speaker
  • Jason Greenwald (ETH Zürich, Switzerland) - speaker
  • Wilhelm Huck (Radboud University, Netherlands) - speaker
  • Nori Ichihashi (The University of Tokyo, Japan) - speaker
  • Saidul Islam (University of Technology Sydney, Australia) - speaker
  • Libusha Kelly (Albert Einstein College of Medicine, USA) – speaker
  • Felix Mueller (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Germany) – speaker

3. Network Theory, Tools, and Applications

  • Zach Adam (University of Wisconsin Madison, USA) – session chair
  • Ginestra Bianconi (Queen Mary University, UK) - speaker
  • Dmitry Krotov (MIT-IBM Watson Lab, USA) – speaker
  • Fang Liu (Emory University) – speaker
  • Madhurima Nath (Slalom, USA) – speaker

4. Complex Systems Theory and Statistical Analyses

  • Ella Gale (University of Bristol, UK) – session co-chair, speaker
  • Juan Perez-Mercader (Harvard University, USA) – session co-chair, speaker
  • Eric Chaisson (Harvard University, USA) - speaker
  • Claudius Gros (Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany) – speaker
  • Chiara Marletto (University of Oxford, UK) - speaker
  • David Spivak (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA) - speaker

    Discussion Leaders:

  • Moran Frenkel-Pinter (Hebrew University, Israel)
  • Sudha Rajamani (Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, India)
  • Kristin Johnson-Finn (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA)

Code of Conduct

The purpose of the PCE3 Nano-to-Cosmic Studies of Complex Systems Virtual Workshop is to freely exchange new ideas about whether and how to organize the PCE3 community around systems-based approaches to chemical synthesis experimentation. To foster an atmosphere that encourages the free expression and exchange of scientific ideas, it is vital that all participants in the workshop should enjoy an environment free from all forms of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation.

To that end, workshop attendees shall participate under the philosophy of equality of opportunity and treatment for all members, regardless of gender, gender identity or expression, race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion or religious belief, age, marital status, sexual orientation, disabilities, veteran status, or any other reason not related to scientific merit.

Bullying or harassment, sexual or otherwise, is a form of misconduct that undermines the integrity of this workshop.

Being a virtual workshop, we rely on an honor system regarding the representation of one's professional background and technical experience regarding the topics discussed in the course of the workshop. Misrepresentation of one's areas of research, specialized training, level of technical expertise, or the purposeful omission of conflicts of interest are forms of misconduct that undermine the integrity of this workshop and the presumption of good faith among all workshop participants.

The workshop will be broken into two general modes: a presentation mode and a discussion mode. During the presentation mode (i.e., when there are formal, scheduled speakers), please use the Raise Hand feature of Zoom to indicate to the session chairs that you wish to speak. Comments are encouraged at all times in the shared chat. Session chairs and discussion leaders will do everything they can to integrate written comments into the ongoing dialog.

This policy applies to all workshop spaces, including but not limited to Zoom meetings, shared documents, and workshop-related emails. Violators of this policy will be subject to immediate dismissal from the workshop and its published reports.

If you believe you are experiencing or have witnessed misconduct at this workshop: (1) document the incident fully; (2) tell someone you trust; (3) report the incident to Donald Burke-Aguero (burkedh@missouri.edu). Efforts will be made to ensure privacy to the greatest extent possible.