The Crafoord Prize Symposium in Geosciences: The evolution of life on Earth through deep time

Date: 2022-04-26

Time: 09:30 - 16:30

Address: Helgonavägen 3, Lund

Venue: LUX

Lectures by the Laureate in Geosciences and invited speakers.

The symposium is organized in conjunction with the award of the Crafoord Prize in Geosciences. The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences awarded the 2022 Crafoord Prize in Geosciences to Andrew H. Knoll, Harvard University, USA  “for fundamental contributions to our understanding of the first three billion years of life on Earth and life’s interactions with the physical environment through time”.


Morning session
Ulf Söderlund, Member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences

Opening address
Hans Ellegren, Secretary General, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences

Presentation of the Crafoord Laureate
Martin Jakobsson, Chair of the Crafoord Prize Committee in Geosciences

Phytoplankton in space and time
Crafoord Laureate Andrew H. Knoll, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

Coffee break

Significance of microbes during mass extinction events and their role in exceptional fossil preservation
Kliti Grice, Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia, Australia

The rise of eukaryotes
Susannah M. Porter, University of California at Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, California, USA

Lunch, included for registered participants

Afternoon session
Vivi Vajda, Member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences

A case for an active eukaryotic marine biosphere during the Proterozoic Era: Fossils meet models
Donald E. Canfield, University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark

Exploring extant algae for signals of ancient atmospheres as influenced by life
Rosalind E. M. Rickaby, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK

Coffee break

The fossil record of early animals
Shuhai Xiao, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia, USA

Pumping and swimming through time
Nicholas J. Butterfield, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK

Closing remarks
Stefan Bengtson, Member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences

End of symposium

For the safety of all attendees, we expect that all participants in the symposium are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

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Peter Brandén
Program Coordinator