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Towards a scientific and societal agenda on extra-terrestrial life

Event

Starts:

October
042010

09:00

Ends:

October
052010

18:00

Location

Kavli Royal Society Centre, Chicheley Hall, Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire, MK16 9JJ

Overview

 

Organised by Dr Martin Dominik and Professor John Zarnecki

Should extra-terrestrial life exist, upcoming efforts will provide living generations with a realistic chance of its detection. Even more than the scientific agenda, a corresponding complementary societal agenda needs to be debated. With a mix of invited talks and panel debates, we particularly look into the detection of life, the communication with potential extra-terrestrial civilizations, the implications for the future of humanity, and the political processes that are required.

Four panel debates including:

Calling ET, or not even answering the phone?
Societal questions raised by the detection of extra-terrestrial life
What could studies of extra-terrestrial life tell us about the future of humanity?
Extra-terrestrial life and arising political issues for the UN agenda
 

Audio recordings are available below.

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Schedule of talks

Monday 4th October

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Welcome

Dr Martin Dominik, University of St Andrews

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Super-earth & life: a fascinating puzzle

Dr Lisa Kaltenegger, Max-Planck Institut for Astronomy, Harvard University, USA

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The challenges for life on early Mars: geochemical constraints on the history of martian water

Dr Nicholas Tosca, University of Cambridge, UK

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Microbes and the four basic strategies for life on Earth: What we can learn from what we know (and how to look for what we don’t know)

Increasing our ignorance [of ‘language’] for communication

Professor John Elliott, Leeds Metropolitan University, UK

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Calling ET, or not even answering the phone?

Dr Martin Dominik, University of St Andrews

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Costs and difficulties of METI and the need for international debate on its potential risks

James Benford, Microwave Sciences Inc., USA

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Unwarranted assumptions in a problematic cosmos

David Brin

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Stephane Dumas, SETI League, Canada

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The relevance of human history

Michael Michaud

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Should we make deliberate transmissions to putative extra-terrestrials?

Dr Seth Shostak, SETI Institute, USA

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Dr Alexander Zaitsev, Russian Academy of Science, Russia

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Questions and Answers 1st, Monday 4 October

Questions and Answers 1st, Monday 4 October

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Next Steps in transmitting to extra-terrestrials

Dr Douglas Vakoch, SETI Institute and California Institute of Integral Studies,

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Video Conferencing

Jill Tarter, SETI Institute

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Tuesday 5 October

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Societal questions raised by the detection of extra-terrestrial life

Steven J. Dick, former NASA Chief Historian

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Shaking the foundations of the law: legal issues posed by a detection of extra-terrestrial life

Professor Frans von der Dunk, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, College of Law, USA

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Dr Margaret Race, SETI Institute,

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Some consequences of contact

Michael Michaud

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Professor Ivan Almar, Konkoly Observatory of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Hungary

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Tuesday 5 October

Dr Douglas Vakoch, SETI Institute and California Institute of Integral Studies,

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Professor Kathryn Denning, York University, Canada

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Questions and Answers 2nd, Tuesday 5 October

Questions and Answers 2nd, Tuesday 5 October

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What could studies of extra- terrestrial life tell us about the future of humanity?

Professor John Zarnecki, Professor of Space Science Planetary & Space Sciences Research Institute, The Open University, UK

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Extra-terrestrial Life and the Future of Humanity

Steven J. Dick, former NASA Chief Historian

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Black holes: attractors for intelligent life?

Clement Vidal, Centre Leo Apostel (CLEA) and Evolution, Complexity and Cognition group (ECCO), Belgium

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Extra-terrestrial life and the future of humanity

Dr Stephen Baxter, British Interplanetary Society,

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Earth ethics in an intelligent universe

Reverend Doctor Ted Peters, Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary and the Graduate Theological Union

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The transcension hypothesis: cosmic censorship of advanced civilizations?

Professor John Smart, University of Advancing Technology,

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Questions and Answers 3rd, Tuesday 5 October

Questions and Answers 3rd, Tuesday 5 October

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Extra-terrestrial life and arising political issues for the UN agenda

Professor Ivan Almar, Konkoly Observatory of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Hungary

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Briefing the United Nations ‘Copuos’ about saving the moon farside from man-made radio pollution

Dr Claudio Maccone, International Academy of Astronautics, Italy

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Professor Richard Crowther, UK Space Agency, UK

Professor Richard Crowther, UK Space Agency, UK

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Representing humanity? The possible role of the UN in the context of contact with extra-terrestrial life

Professor Frans von der Dunk, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, College of Law, USA

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Professor Mazlan Othman, United Nations Office at Vienna (UNOV) and Office for Outer Space Affairs (OOSA), Austria

Professor Mazlan Othman, United Nations Office at Vienna (UNOV) and Office for Outer Space Affairs (OOSA), Austria

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Dr Margaret Race, SETI Institute

Dr Margaret Race, SETI Institute,

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Tuesday 5 October II

Dr Douglas Vakoch, SETI Institute and California Institute of Integral Studies,

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Questions and Answers 4th, Tuesday 5 October

Questions and Answers 4th, Tuesday 5 October

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General Discussion and Concluding Remarks

Towards a scientific and societal agenda on extra-terrestrial life

Satellite meeting organised by Dr Martin Dominik and Professor John Zarnecki.

Kavli Royal Society Centre, Chicheley Hall Newport Pagnell Buckinghamshire MK16 9JJ