Life’s Journey Through the Universe

Time: 12:30-13:30
Room: 146A
Format: Panel Discussion

Organizers

Andrew SIEMION

Director, Berkeley SETI Research Center, Principal Investigator, Breakthrough Listen

United States of America

Claire Isabel WEBB

PhD Candidate and Research Associate, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

United States of America

Life’s Journey Through the Universe

In recent decades, astrobiology has revealed that our universe hosts myriad environments for life to thrive, sharpening humanity’s oldest questions: Does life exist elsewhere in the universe? What was its origin? Is the universe home to extraterrestrial intelligence (ETI)? What would it mean if we found it?

Drawing from astrobiologists and scientists who search for ETI, the panel’s goal is to find resonance between the two fields through the theme of (intelligent) life’s evolution throughout the cosmos. This panel explores the possibility of interstellar transfer of organic material (panspermia), and, how technologically advanced life forms may have forged interplanetary connections.

Facilitator

Pete WORDEN

Chairman, Breakthrough Prize Foundation

United States of America

Speakers

Lucianne WALKOWICZ

Co-Founder, The JustSpace Alliance Country

United States of America

Sara SEAGER

Astronomer, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

United States of America

Bill DIAMOND

President & CEO, SETI Institute

United States of America

Michael GARRETT

Director, Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics

United Kingdom

Andrew SIEMION

Director, Principal Investigator, Breakthrough Listen

United States of America

Claire Isabel WEBB

Director

United States of America

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