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‘Is ET Really Out There?’ Dr Seth Shostak

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When:

  • Tue 13 Oct ’15, 11:00am – 12:00pm

Where:

University of Canterbury, Ilam Road, Ilam, Christchurch

Restrictions:

All Ages

C2 Lecture Theatre- University of Canterbury

Booking essential - seats limited.

SETI researcher Seth Shostak bets that we will find extraterrestrial life in the next twenty-four years, or he’ll buy you a cup of coffee.

Dr Shostak explains why new technologies and the laws of probability make the breakthrough so likely — and forecasts how the discovery of civilizations far more advanced than ours might affect us here on Earth.

Seth Shostak grew up in Arlington, VA and earned his B.S. in physics from Princeton University and a Ph.D. in astrophysics from the California Institute of Technology.

Since 2001, he has been Senior Astronomer at the SETI Institute, a not-for-profit organisation whose mission is to “explore, understand and explain the origin, nature and prevalence of life in the universe”. SETI Institute, located in Mountain View, California, employs over 50 researchers that study all aspects of the search for life, its origins, the environment in which life develops, and its ultimate fate.

Dr Shostak is an active participant in the Institute’s observation programmes and has been hosting SETI's weekly radio show Big Picture Science since 2002. Each week, Shostak interviews guests about the latest scientific research on a variety of topics: cosmology, physics, genetics, palaeontology, evolutionary biology and astrobiology. Big Picture Science is distributed on the Public Radio Satellite System and the Public Radio Exchange and is available for download at the SETI Institute's website and through podcasts.

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