International Winter School on Origins of Life

The future of chemistry and biology towards the origins of life

Pavia, January 16th - 19th, 2023


How Life began on Earth? This intriguing question is of capital importance for modern science. From the most recent exploratory missions to ancient philosophy, this fascinating question is puzzling humankind from the beginning.

University of Pavia, as a growing research institute, offers you a unique platform to get in touch with top scientists in the field and learn most advanced models with experimental techniques used in prebiotic investigations.

With multidisciplinarity as a trademark, WISOL 23 is aimed at chemists, physicists, biologists, geologists, planetary scientists, astronomists and scholars for fruitfully building a knowledge exchange network and a cradle for future collaborations.

WISOL 23 is an intensive international school and it is the first school on origins of life studies.

The school comprises laboratory activities on data treatment and computer simulations with the most advanced open-source software.

Attendees will have the opportunity to present their work in flash communications that will be held as part of the main events.

 24 hours of activities in 4 days. Activities includes lessons, seminars, laboratories and round tables. Students are directly involved in activities (a personal laptop is highly recommended)

Preliminary Class Schedule

(please note that final class schedule might vary)


Claudia Bonfio: Models of primitive cells (liposomes and coacervates): design and characterisation
Moran Frenkel-Pinter: Abiotic formation of proto-peptides, the role of water in the chemical origins of life
Pier Luigi Luisi: Why is the origin of life still a mystery. System View and Complexity
Sheref Mansy: The impact of metals at the origins of life
Cornelia Meinert: Biomolecular chirality and its possible origins
Cristina Puzzarini: From the lab to space: the building blocks of prebiotic molecules
Steen Rasmussen: Design, kinetics, and thermodynamics of minimal life in the lab
Raffaele Saladino: Astrobiology: Form prebiotic chemistry to Origins of Life
Piero Ugliengo: Interstellar grain chemistry. Peptide bond formation
Stefano Pantaleone: Basic notion of molecular modeling, basic quantum chemistry

To whom is addressed
The school is open to researchers, Master and PhD students.

School will give 6 credits (CFU) for PhD students and certificate of attendance for all the participants.

Almo Collegio Borromeo
The Almo Collegio Borromeo is a private university hall of residence (collegio) in Pavia, founded in 1561. It is classified as a "highly qualified Cultural Institute" by the Ministry of Education, Universities and Research and is the oldest such institution remaining in operation in Italy.

Invited speakers (confirmed)

Prof. Claudia Bonfio (ISIS, University of Strasbourg)

Prof. Moran Frenkel-Pinter (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem)

Prof. emeritus Pier Luigi Luisi (ETH Zurich, Switzerland)

Prof. Sheref Mansy (University of Alberta, CA)

Prof. Cornelia Meinert (CNRS – Institut of Chemistry, University Côte d’Azur)

Prof. Cristina Puzzarini (Universita’ di Bologna, Italy)

Prof. Steen Rasmussen (University of Southern Denmark and Santa Fe Institute, USA)

Prof. Raffaele Saladino (Università della Tuscia, Italy)

Prof. Piero Ugliengo (University of Torino, Italy)


The total cost of the school is 350 euros for PhD students, including all teaching materials, social activities, coffee breaks, light lunches, PhD credits certificate (6 credits) and certificate of attendance.
For master students fees are 200 euros, including all teaching materials, social activities, coffee breaks, light lunches and certificate of attendance.
Accomodation is excluded.
Link for online payment is here. If you haven't the Italian personal ID please tick the box Anonymous.

Application Deadline

The deadline for the application is November, 30, 2022 (30.11.2022)



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Visa Requirements

Depending on your citizenship, participants might need a visa to enter Italy.
Kindly visit the website of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Italy at
However, if you are in the need of Acceptance Letter, WISOL23 secretariat is helpful. Acceptance Letter may be included in the visa application.
It is each participant’s responsibility to obtain a Visa to enter Italy.

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Organizing Committe
Francesco Ferraro
PhD student
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Andrea Varesini
Graduating student
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Iris Romanazzi
Graduating student
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Giorgia Bianchi
Graduating student
Organizing Committe
Graduating student