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Are We Alone? Exploring the Possibility of other Intelligent Life in the Universe

April 14, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Cambridge Science Festival

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What are our chances of making contact with intelligent aliens? In 1961, astronomer Frank Drake wrote his eponymous equation to help answer this question. Today, with the help of new discoveries of earth-like planets and a wealth of other scientific findings, we re-visit one of the most basic questions humanity has ever asked itself: Are We Alone?

Guest of Honor:

Frank Drake, Emeritus Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics, University of California at Santa Cruz, and member of the Board of Trustees of the SETI Institute.


John Durant, Director of The MIT Museum and Founder of the Cambridge Science Festival

Chris Impey, Associate Dean, College of Science, University Distinguished Professor, Department of Astronomy, University of Arizona

Key Speakers:

Sara Seager, Professor of Planetary Science and Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Dimitar Sasselov, Professor of Astronomy, Harvard University, and Director of the Harvard Origins of Life Initiative.

Jack Szostak, Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Professor of Genetics, Harvard Medical School, Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Harvard University, and Alex. A. Rich Distinguished Investigator, Department of Molecular Biology, Massachusetts General Hospital

Lori Marino, Founder and Executive Director of The Kimmela Center for Animal Advocacy, and former Senior Lecturer at Emory University and Faculty Affiliate at the Emory Center for Ethics.

Seth Shostak, Senior Astronomer for the SETI Institute, and former Director of Center for SETI Research.

Martine RothblattCEO of United Therapeutics

Cost: Free. Don’t miss Sidewalk Astronomy on the Science Center Plaza after the event!

View the Are We Alone program PDF


April 14, 2017
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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