Plenary 8 (PL8)

2:00 pm - 4:45 pm 

Origin and Evolution of Life and Consciousness    

Steen Rasmussen, University of Southern Denmark, Sante Fe Institute

Stuart Kauffman, Sante Fe Institute           

Sara Walker, Arizona State University

Bruce Damer, UC Santa Cruz     



Sara Walker

Assistant Professor

School of Earth and Space Exploration and

Beyond Center for Fundamental Concepts in Science

Arizona State University



Sara Walker is a theoretical physicist and astrobiologist and Assistant Professor in the School of Earth and Space Exploration and the Beyond Center for Fundamental Concepts in Science at Arizona State University, where she conducts research on the origin of life, astrobiology and the physics of life. 

Walker serves on the Board of Directors for the education and research non-profit Blue Marble Space. 

She is co-founder of the astrobiology social network

Lead Investigator, Emergence@ASU

Research Interests: the origin of life, emergence, causation, information theory, complex systems, astrobiology, artificial life

Assistant Professor, School of Earth and Space Exploration - ASU Profile
Assistant Professor, Beyond Center -Beyond Center Profile
Fellow, ASU-SFI Center for Biosocial Complex Systems - Complexity@ASU
Board of Directors, Blue Marble Space - Blue Marble Space website