The 2007 Lorne Trottier Public Science Symposium Series

Lorne Trottier Public Science Symposium. The Origin of life: What was the spark of life?

How do scientists explain the emergence of life four billion years ago? The short answer is they can't - yet. The origin of life is a hotly contested scientific field with many rival theories vying for public attention - from primordial soup to self-organizing metabolic networks in potential habitats ranging from the surfaces of minerals to deep-sea hydrothermal vents below the Earth's surface to the surface of Mars. This year's Symposium brings together leading scientific experts with differing views on the origin of life to debate a question that has been asked for millennia.

McGill University is proud to host the third annual Lorne Trottier Public Science Symposium, made possible through the generous support of Dr. Lorne Trottier and honouring his wish "to hold a public forum to inform, inspire debate and raise public awareness on contemporary issues confronting society today".

October 4, 2007
5:00 - 7:00 PM
Stephen Leacock Building, Room 132
McGill University

Seating is limited.

The debate will be available via webcast and on television.

For additional information contact:
The Symposium Office at
514-398-2852 or
via [at] (email)

Cette conférence sera donnée en anglais et traduite simultanément en français.