John Elliott: Preparing humanity for the discovery of extra-terrestrial life - The SETI Post Detection Hub

04 July 2023 21:10 - 21:40 The Royal Society Free
Lightening talk - John Elliot

This event is part of the Royal Society's Summer Science Exhibition 2023.

Recent advances in technology have enabled us to realise that whenever we see a pinpoint of light in the night sky, regardless of which one we choose, there is a good chance that there is a planet nearby. Will we find life there? Will we hear from ET? We don't know yet. However, we do know that we cannot afford to be ill prepared – scientifically, socially, and politically rudderless – for an event that will have such a profound effect on us and one that we cannot afford to mismanage.

The SETI Post-Detection Hub at St Andrews, launched in November 2022, affiliated with the University of Durham's Law School, coordinates probably one of the most multidisciplinary research endeavours ever undertaken, to prepare humanity for the discovery of life on other Worlds: from deciphering messages, data analytics, exosociology, and anthropology, to protocols, space law, and societal impact strategies. Dr John Elliott introduces the Hub's objectives and its journey from conception to its current international research team.

Attending the event

This talk will be held in the Kohn Centre on Tuesday 4 July 2023, 9.10pm-9.40pm.

  • Free to attend
  • In person only
  • No registration required
  • Suitable for 18+
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  • Food and drink will be available for purchase at our onsite café

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