Information and Noise:
Chemistry, Biology and Evolution
Creating Complex Systems

Beilstein Bozen Symposium

5 — 7 June, 2018

Hotel Jagdschloss Niederwald
Rüdesheim, Germany


Scientific Commitee:

Lee Cronin / University of Glasgow, UK

Tim Clark / University of Nürnberg-Erlangen

Martin G. Hicks, Carsten Kettner / Beilstein-Institut

Aspects covered by this conference

Complex molecules found in nature are the results of chemical reactions in biological systems, i.e. living systems. But what is the maximum complexity that can be found abiotically without the use of a biological system and is there a limit to the complexity that biological systems can produce (or humans can understand)?

Is the chemical variation of life on earth the most robust form potentially evolvable, or just robust enough?

Is it efficient to mimic biological synthesis pathways by means from the organic chemistry toolbox?

Confirmed Speakers


Stefan T. Arold / King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia

Luca Cardelli / Microsoft Research

Irene Chen / University of California, Santa Barbara, USA

Tim Clark / Friedrich Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany

Lee Cronin / University of Glasgow, UK

Antoine Danchin / Institute of Cardiometabolism and Nutrition, Paris, France

Andrew Ellington / The University of Texas at Austin, USA



Ken A. Dill / Stoney Brooke University, New York, USA

Philipp Holliger / MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge, UK

Takashi Ikegami / The University of Tokyo, Japan

Ulrich Kutschera / University of Kassel, Germany

Victor de Lorenzo / Centro Nacional de Biotecnologia, Madrid, Spain

Lara K. Mahal / New York University, USA

Thomas Ouldridge / Imperial College London, UK



Juli Peretó / Universitat de Valencia, Paterna, Spain

Doug Philip / University of St. Andrews, UK

Susan Stepney / University of York, UK

Ajit Varki / University of California, San Diego, USA

Andreas Wagner / University of Zurich, Switzerland

David H. Wolpert / Santa Fe Institute, USA

Ada Yonath / Weizmann Institute, Rehovot, Israel