SETIcon: “Are We Alone?”

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The world-renowned SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) Institute will host science fans and experts, including celebrities and influential thinkers, at the first-ever SETIcon to be held August 13-15, 2010. As one of the most anticipated scientific events of 2010, scientists and enthusiasts from across the globe will present a dynamic program dedicated to one of humanity’s most profound questions: “Are we alone?”

SETI Institute scientists—with expertise in such fields as astrobiology, planetary geology, and radio astronomy—conduct some of the most groundbreaking research in science. For the first time, the Institute, which is currently celebrating its 25th anniversary, is extending a public invitation and welcoming everyone interested in the search to join the dialogue.

The conference weekend will have something for everyone. SETIcon’s unique programming will include:

  • Panel discussions featuring Apollo astronaut Rusty Schweikhart; Philip Plait, the “Bad Astronomer,” stars of science fiction TV shows and movies; as well as prominent scientists and critical thinkers from a variety of fields. Among such influential thinkers will be the Institute’s own Frank Drake, the astronomer who undertook the first project to listen for alien radio messages, and Jill Tarter, the scientist on whom Jodi Foster’s character in the film Contact was modeled and a recipient of the 2009 TED award.
  • Presentations on NASA’s Kepler, Cassini, and Mars Phoenix and Exploration Rover projects; SETI’s use of the ATA (Allen Telescope Array); and investigations of life thriving in extreme environments here on Earth, to name only a few.
  • Hands-on educational activities and interactive science programs for kids, including the kind of special inflatable star theater the Obama family recently enjoyed during the White House Star Party.
  • Entertaining discussions on topics like Doomsday 2012, the best future tourist attractions in the solar system, and how we will respond if ET calls.
  • Special sessions where individual speakers answer questions posed by the audience in a smaller, more casual setting.
  • A banquet to celebrate the Institute’s 25-year history, and to show its appreciation for the worldwide support that has allowed the SETI Institute to succeed.

SETIcon’s arrival marks an important time in our history when astronomers have found planets around hundreds of other stars, and public interest and anticipation is mounting over the prospect of discovering life beyond Earth. Come participate in this extraordinary weekend and hear real answers to pressing questions on the search for life in the Universe.

SETIcon Details
When: Aug 13-15, 2010
Where: Hyatt Regency Hotel (discounted rates for the weekend), Santa Clara, California
Price: $20 day pass, $35 weekend pass. See website for discounts and packages
For more information go to: http://www.seticon.com/
For interview opportunities, jpegs, or videos, please contact Amelia Meadows at PUBLIC, nyc: amelia(at)publicnewyorkcity(dot)com, 212-431-1470.

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