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Opening Night: Are We Alone?

Cambridge Science Festival | Opening Night

Cambridge Science Festival

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

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

Harvard University, Sanders Theater at Memorial Hall

45 Quincy Street, Cambridge

Please join us for Sidewalk Astronomy after the event.

Cambridge Science Festival | Opening Night

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:

Cambridge Science Festival | Opening Night Speaker, Frank Drake

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

Co-Chairs:

Cambridge Science Festival | Opening Night Speaker, John Durant

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

Cambridge Science Festival | Opening Night Speaker, Chris Impey

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

Key Speakers:

Cambridge Science Festival | Opening Night Speaker, Sara Seager

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

Cambridge Science Festival | Opening Night Speaker, Dimitar Sasselov

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

Cambridge Science Festival | Opening Night Speaker, Jack Szostak

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. 2009 Nobel Laureate.

Cambridge Science Festival | Opening Night Speaker, Lori Marino

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

Cambridge Science Festival | Opening Night Speaker, Seth Shostak

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

Cambridge Science Festival | Opening Night Speaker, Martine Rothblatt

Martine Rothblatt, CEO of United Therapeutics. She previously created and led Sirius XM as its Chairman & CEO. Her most recent books are on xenotransplantation (Your Life or Mine) and cyberethics (Virtually Human).

Cost: Free. Getting to Sanders: Walk, bike, Take the T! Parking is available in the Broadway Garage, enter on 7 Felton Street.

Don’t miss Sidewalk Astronomy on the Science Center Plaza after the event!

View the Are We Alone program PDF