What is the interplay between planetary and biological evolution? How did the Earth form and evolve? How did life emerge and evolve?

This interdisciplinary training course held at the Earth-Life Science Institute at the Tokyo Institute of Technology and a nearby field site will include lectures from experts and hands-on training in field techniques and computational approaches. Attendees will go home with an integrated perspective and new tools and concepts to apply in their own research.

Tentative Schedule

Jan 21st 
Arrival in Tokyo – You MUST arrive by the evening on the 21st in order to be at ELSI at 9AM on January 22nd for the start of the school; if you are late arriving at ELSI on the morning of Jan 22nd (for whatever reason), you will not be able to attend the Winter School and you will be solely responsible for all expenses incurred

Jan 22nd
9AM – Meet at ELSI for registration and introduction

Field Portion of the Course (Jan 23 – Jan 26)

Jan 23nd – Jan 26th
Morning/Day Time – Field expeditions to various geological sites in the Izu peninsula and the Hakone region, including volcanic formations and faults, geoparks, hot springs, and local research institutes
Afternoon – Arrive at lodging (local inns and hotels in the Izu/Hakone region)
Evening (except Jan 26th) – Dinner and seminars/discussion

Jan 26th
~6PM – Return to ELSI

Jan 27th – 28th
(Mostly) free time over the weekend (there may be a lecture and/or optional organized group excursions to points in greater Tokyo)

Classroom Portion of the Course (Jan 29 – Feb 2)

Morning/Afternoon – We will have various seminars and hands-on tutorials from experts in a diverse range of research fields. There will also be ample opportunity to interact with the research community at ELSI, participate in ELSI social activities, and join local excursions to parts of greater Tokyo

Tentative seminar and tutorial topics
Deep Earth Core and Mantle Dynamics
Planetary Formation and Star System Evolution
Geochemistry and Geobiology
Molecular Phylogenetics
Prebiotic Chemistry
Microbial Physiology
Artificial Life
Open Questions in the Origin of Life