With this lecture, the Austrian Academy of Sciences and the Center for Israel Studies in Vienna will start
a joint lecture series aiming to strengthen the scientific excha
nge between Austria and Israel.
The lecture series will be opened by Ada Yonath, Martin S. and Helen Kimmel Professor of Structural
Biology and Director of the Helen and Milton A. Kimmelman Center for Biomolecular Structure and
Assembly at the Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel. In 2009, Ada Yonath received the Nobel
Prize in Chemistry for her studies on the structure and function of the ribosome, along with Venkatraman
Ramakrishnan and Thomas A. Steitz.
In her talk, Ada Yonath will focus on a molecular prebiotic bonding entity that may represent an ancient
RNA machine, which could be the kernel around which life originated. This machine is still functioning in
all living cells of all organisms. The mechanistic and genetic applications of this finding will be discussed.
After the event, the Austrian Academy of Sciences and the Center for Israel Studies will host a reception
in the Aula of the Academy.