Understanding the emergence and evolution of agency is one of the great challenges in both biological research and philosophy. Hiroki Kojima (University of Tokyo), Eran Agmon (University of Connecticut), and I will bring agential studies into the laboratory by constructing a real-time evolution platform in which populations of organic (B-life) and digital (A-life) organisms are under mutual control and poised to form mutualistic community structures. Will community structure promote the emergence of agential features in the A-life population? Stay tuned! Calls for two open positions in Tokyo (Longo Lab) and one open position in Connecticut (Agmon Lab with support mentorship from Co-I Kojima) will follow shortly.