Royal Society Holds Conference on Extraterrestrials
Towards a scientific and societal agenda on extra-terrestrial life
- Starts: 9.00am on 04 October 2010
- Finishes: 6.00pm on 05 October 2010
- Venue: Kavli Royal Society International Centre
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 include
- 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
Alexander Zaitsev, Stephane Dumas, Seth Shostak, John Billingham, Michael Michaud, David Brin, Frans von der Dunk, Russell Stannard, Milan Cirkovic, Steven Dick, Frank Drake, Clement Vidal, Stephen Baxter, John Smart, Ted Peters, Claudio Maccone, Richard Crowther, Jean-Michel Contant, Felisa Wolfe-Simon, Nicholas Tosca, James Benford, Doug Vakoch, Ivan Almar, Margaret Race
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