The origin of life on Earth is one of the most intriguing questions of all time and has been a topic of active research for almost a century. The 2021 Suddath Symposium will bring together leaders in origins of life research who will share, in a widely accessible format, recent progress in answering central questions in this field, including: How did RNA, polypeptides, and polysaccharides first emerge on the early Earth? The symposium will provide a forum to celebrate the legacy of the NSF/NASA Center for Chemical Evolution, which has been headquartered at Georgia Tech for the past decade.
The Suddath Symposium, to be presented via a virtual meeting format in 2021 (two half-days, in afternoon EST), is held annually to celebrate the life and contribution of F.L. "Bud" Suddath by discussing the latest developments in the fields of bioengineering and bioscience. The speakers include leading researchers from across the world. This highly-interactive symposium has been taking place for 29 years! Each year the symposium topic changes.
2021 Symposium Co-Chairs
Nick Hud, Ph.D. - Regents' Professor, School of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Principal Investigator, Center for Chemical Evolution, Georgia Tech
Loren Williams, Ph.D. - Professor, School of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Georgia Tech