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Announcing the PCE3 Seminar Series 2023

The NASA Astrobiology Program invites you to share and discover in the new Seminar Series of its Research Coordination Network: Prebiotic Chemistry and Early Earth Environments (PCE3). The PCE3 Seminar Series is designed to highlight diverse origins of life research from all over the world, spark interdisciplinary discussion, and facilitate research connections among the PCE3 community. A primary goal of this series is to showcase the work of talented early career scientists in PCE3 sciences.

The series will begin on Thursday, March 16th, from 5:00-6:30 pm (EST) and be held every 3rd Thursday on a continuing basis. Shifts in the seminar hours will occur with notice later in the year for inclusion of participants in Europe/Australasia. Additionally, sessions will be recorded with the permission of the speakers and uploaded to the PCE3 YouTube channel.

Each seminar will feature two speakers (~25 min each) at an early-career stage, supplemented by brief overviews and occasional presentations from mid-to-late career researchers. Speakers are asked to present recent research geared for engagement of the non-specialist, followed by discussion with the audience. Our aim is that the talks will lay a foundation for stimulating discussions and collaborations.

Please use this link to register for the series. After signing up you will receive an email with instructions on joining the Zoom meeting. You only need to register once to attend any of the upcoming seminars. If the Zoom meeting reaches capacity, the seminar will be live-streamed to the PCEYouTube channel for concurrent viewing.

If you are in or lead a lab that conducts research aligned with PCE3 and would like to give a talk, don’t be shy! Please reach out to the organizers.

Seminar #21 with Jihua Hao & Wriju Chowdhury

Thursday, March 16, 2023 at 5:00 pm EDT/2:00pm PDT 


  • ​Jihua Hao, Senior Research Scientist, University of Science and Technology of China, Department of Geochemistry and Planetary Sciences 

  • Wriju Chowdhury, Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Rochester, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences

Seminar #22 with Qiyuan Zhao & Bruno Cuevas Zuviria

Thursday, April 6, 2023 at 5:00 pm EDT/2:00pm PDT 


  • Qiyuan Zhao, PhD Candidate, Purdue University, Davidson School of Chemical Engineering

  • Bruno Cuevas Zuviria, Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Department of Bacteriology

Seminar #23 with Jennifer Timm & Jan Siess

Thursday, May 18, 2023 at 5:00 pm EDT/2:00pm PDT 


  • Jennifer Timm  Postdoctoral Researcher, Rutgers University, School of Environmental & Biological Sciences

  • Jan Siess, PhD Candidate, Rutgers University, Center for Advanced Biotechnology & Medicine

Seminar #24 with Yuta Hirakawa & Nick Green

Thursday, June 8, 2023 at 5:00 pm EDT/2:00pm PDT 


  • Yuta Hirakawa, PhD Candidate, Tohoku University, Department of Earth Sciences

  • Nick Green, Lecturer University of Otago, Department of Chemistry

Seminar #25 with Jessica Weber & Katherine Dzurilla

Thursday, June 29, 2023 at 5:00 pm EDT/2:00pm PDT 


  • Jessica Weber, Research Scientist, NASA JPL, Origins and Habitability Lab

  • Katherine Dzurilla, Postdoctoral Researcher, NASA JPL, Origins and Habitability Lab

Seminar #26 with Furkan Ozturk & Shotaro Tagawa

Thursday, July 20, 2023 at 5:00 pm EDT/2:00pm PDT 


  • Furkan Ozturk, PhD Student, Harvard University, Department of Physics

  • Shotaro Tagawa, PhD Student, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Earth Life Science Institute

Seminar #27 with Indrani Mukherjee

Thursday, August 31, 2023 at 5:00 pm EDT/2:00pm PDT 


  • Indrani Mukherjee, Lecturer, School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of New South Wales

Seminar #28 with Jeff R. Havig

Thursday, October 12, 2023 at 5:00 pm EDT/2:00pm PDT 


  • Jeff R. Havig, Research Associate, University of Minnesota, Department of Plant and Microbial Biology, Department of Earth and Environmental Science.

Seminar #29 with Lauren Lowe & Juan C. Zapata Trujillo

Thursday, November 2, 2023 at 5:00 pm EDT/2:00pm PDT 


  • Lauren Lowe, PhD Student, University of New South Wales, School of Chemistry

  • Juan C. Zapata Trujillo, PhD Student, University of New South Wales, School of Chemistry

Seminar #30 with Patrick Barth & Bonnie Teece

Thursday, November 30, 2023 at 5:00 pm EDT/2:00pm PDT 


  • Patrick Barth, Project Coordinator, University of Stuttgart, Cluster of Excellence SimTech, Stuttgart Center for Simulation Science

  • Bonnie Teece, Postdoctoral Fellow, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Origins and Habitability Laboratory


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