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PCE3 Virtual Workshop 2022

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 


2. Systems Chemistry: Tools and Analyses 


3. Network Theory, Tools, and Applications 

4. Complex Systems Theory and Statistical Analyses 

Discussion Leaders: 

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 ( Efforts will be made to ensure privacy to the greatest extent possible.

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