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COSPAR: Quest to Detect Extraterrestrial Life: Scientific Approaches & Cultural Impact of Discovery

By SpaceRef Editor
February 17, 2022
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44th COSPAR Scientific Assembly:
Quest to Detect Extraterrestrial Life: Scientific Approaches and Cultural Impact of Discovery
Athens, Greece, 16 – 24 July 2022
Abstract Deadline: February 18, 2022
Program & Abstracts available: April 2022
Life on our planet manifests in normal environments for carbon-based organisms as well as in environmental extremes. It leaves biosignatures and technosignatures. We, humans living in and observing our ever changing evolutionary developed ecosystem, naturally pose questions like “Is there life beyond Earth”
As a result, scientists search in radio and optical frequencies for technologically advanced civilizations capable of transmitting intentional/transitory technosignatures. The probe of biosignatures contributes equivalently to the Search for ExtraTerrestrial Intelligence (SETI) methodology. For example, infrared signals associated with greenhouse gases hint presence of surface life, phosphine in planetary clouds suggest primitive life, habitability of discovered exoplanets of nearby stars is being studied.
The quest for the priceless “ET needles”, in the “cosmic haystack” is currently been empowered by multidisciplinary technologically advanced instruments, associated techniques and Big Data analysis methods.
However if extraterrestrial life is discovered what steps are scientists taking to prepare for that event?
Check out the official call of the COSPAR Scientific Assembly for more information.
Main Scientific Organizer:
Nectaria Gizani
Hellenic Open University
Deputy Organizer:
Giorgos P. Veldes
University of Thessaly
Scientific Organizing Committee
Frank Drake (SETI Institute, USA), Michael Garret (Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics, UK), Claudio Grimaldi (Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland), Heino Falcke (Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands), Paul Kalas (UC Berkeley, USA), Eric J. Korpela (Astronomy Dept and Space Sciences Lab, USA), Joseph Lazio (Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, USA), Claudio Maccone (International Academy of Astronautics, France), Ian Morrison (Curtin Institute of Radio Astronomy, Australia), Sara Seager (MIT, USA), Andrew Siemion (Breakthrough Listen Lab, USA), Jill Tarter (SETI Institute, USA), Beatriz Villarroel (Nordic Institute for Theoretical Physics, Sweden), Claire Isabel Webb (MIT, USA), Dan Werthimer (Astronomy Dept and Space Sciences Lab, USA), Jason, T. Wright (Penn State Extraterrestrial Intelligence Center, USA)

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