A Meeting on "Dynamical Behaviour of RAF Sets"

15 September 2016

European Centre for Living Technology

"RAF sets" are a useful formalization of the notion of "collectively autocatalytic sets" of reactions. While their topological properties have been investigated in depth, much less is known about their dynamical behaviour. The meeting will involve some experts in this field, who will discuss in depth the dynamics of RAf sets in open-flow reactors and in protocells (a topic of interest at ECLT since the time of its foundation). No general introduction to RAF sets is planned

Participants (incomplete list) will include:

  • Stuart Kauffman, Seattle
  • Wim Hordijk, Vienna
  • Roberto Serra and Marco Villani, Università di Modena e Reggio Emilia and ECLT
  • Andrea Roli, Università di Bologna

The meeting will take place at ECLT on Thursday, September 15 from 10.00 a.m.

Stuart Kauffman is an american theoretical biologist and complex systems researcher who studies, inter alia, the origin of life. He graduated at Dartmouth, was awarded a BA by Oxford University and completed a medical degree (MD) at the University of California in San Francisco. He later held appointments at the University of Chicago and at the National Cancer Institute, and later moved to the University of Pennsylvania from 1975 to 1995, where he rose to Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics. Kauffman was also faculty in residence at the Santa Fe Institute, and later moved to the University of Calgary. He is presently associated with the Systems Biology Institute in Seattle. He has been recipient of a MacArthur "Genius" fellowship and of an honorary degree from the University of Louvain, and he has been awarded a Gold Medal by Accademia dei Lincei.