International Winter School on Origins of Life

The future of chemistry and biology towards the origins of life

Pavia, January 16th - 19th, 2024


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 24 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 24 is an intensive international school and it is the first school on origins of life studies.

Thanks to the success of the previous edition, we are now happy to announce the second edition of the school.

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


Prof.     /   Lesson title
Nadia Balucani    / Gas-phase prebiotic chemistry: how, where and when
Cecilia Ceccarelli   /   The dawn of organic chemistry
Moran Frenkel-Pinter    / Polymer evolution during prebiotic chemistry
Claudio Maccone  /  Describing the Evolution of Life by virtue of Mathematics
Raffaele Saladino     /   Astrobiology: Form prebiotic chemistry to Origins of Life
Piero Ugliengo  /   Interstellar grain chemistry. Peptide bond formation

(to be published soon)

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.

Department of Chemistry, University of Pavia (Viale Taramelli, 12, 27100 Pavia)

Invited speakers (confirmed)

Prof. Nadia Balucani (University of Perugia, Italy)

Prof. Cecilia Ceccarelli (Universitè Grenoble Alpes, IPAG)

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

Prof. Emeritus Claudio Maccone (International Academy of Astronautics (IAA, Paris) and Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica (INAF, Rome)

Prof. Raffaele Saladino (Università della Tuscia, Italy)

Prof. Piero Ugliengo (University of Torino, Italy)


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, WISOL24 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.

How To Reach Pavia

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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.
We remember you that in order to participate you have also to register by clicking at the button below.
Organizing Committe
Francesco Ferraro
PhD student