HAPP Discussion Panel: "Searching for Extraterrestrial Intelligence Across a Century"

Location: Online via Zoom

Friday 26 November 2021

Time: 17:00 - 19:00 (GMT)

RSVP: FREE to attend but registration required. Book your place here.

Zoom details for the event will be sent to registered attendees after the registration deadline has closed at 12:00 (GMT) on Thursday 25 November 2021.

Please contact happ-centre@stx.ox.ac.uk with any queries.


A discussion panel will discuss the history and future of "Searching for Extraterrestrial Intelligence Across a Century".

The confirmed panellists are:
Professor Lord Martin Rees OM FRS (UK Astronomer Royal)
Dr Jill Tarter (Co-founder and Emeritus Director, SETI Institute)
Dr Andrew Siemion (Director of Breakthrough Listen, University of Berkeley)
Professor Tong-Jie Zhang (Beijing Normal University)

The confirmed discussants are:
Professor Paul Davies (Director of the Beyond Centre for Fundamental Concepts in Science, Arizona State University)
Professor Donald Brownlee (University of Washington - co-author of "Rare Earth: Why Complex Life is Uncommon in the Universe")
Professor G.C. Anupama (Indian Institute of Astrophysics and first woman President of the Astronomical Society of India)


Session Chair: Professor Sara Seager OC (MIT)

17:00 Welcome and Introductions
17:05 Professor Lord Martin Rees OM FRS
17:25 Dr Jill Tarter
17:45 Dr Andrew Siemion
18:05 Professor Tong-Jie Zhang
18:25 Panel Discussion
18:45 Q&A
19:00 Close