Programme

Kavli-IAU Symposium 2024 – Programme

Day Time Title Speakers
Sun, Apr 14 18:00 – 20:00 Reception
(Venue: Collingwood College)
Mon, Apr 15 What do we know about “life”? – Uncertainty: Low
  09:00 – 09:10 Welcome Vice-Chancellor and Warden
09:10 – 09:30 Introduction Lucas Mix
  09:30 – 10:30 Astrobiology: A contemporary perspective Frances Westall
  COFFEE BREAK  
  11:00 – 11:20 Emergence of life: Importance of formation of organic molecules of life Sohan Jheeta
  11:20 – 11:40 From laboratory simulation facilities to the search for life beyond Earth Eva Mateo-Martí
  11:40 – 12:00 Temporal rearrangement of amino acids and its implications on the evolution of the triplet genetic code Molika Sinha
  12:00 – 12:20 Using linguistics and information theory to assess the diversity, complexity and decoding of interstellar messages Saeed Jafari
  LUNCH BREAK  
  14:00 – 15:00 Exoplanet atmospheres in the era of JWST and ARIEL Giovanna Tinetti
  15:00 – 15:20 Venus Phosphine: Updates and lessons learned David Clements
  15:20 – 15:40 Surviving the cosmos: Biomolecule stability beyond the Earth Pallavi Kajrekar
  15:40 – 16:00 Just when have we discovered life beyond Earth? Peter Vickers
  COFFEE BREAK  
  16:30 – 16:45 Communicating the (uncertainty in the) known David Whitehouse
16:45 – 17:30 Discussion: Our definition of "life" and its impact on the evidence

Chair: Nigel Mason

Panellists:
Sohan Jheeta
Juan Pérez-Mercader
Dirk Schulze-Makuch

Tue, Apr 16 Can we detect “life” beyond Earth? – Uncertainty: Medium
  09:00 – 09:45 The Fermi paradox Stephen Webb
09:45 – 10:30 Life as we do not know it (yet) Arik Kershenbaum
  COFFEE BREAK  
  11:00 – 11:20 How weird is "weird" life? Philipp Spillmann
  11:20 – 11:40 Equivocal encounters: ’Oumuamua and the prospects for disagreement about artifacts Anthony Milligan
  11:40 – 12:00 What are we actually looking for as evidence of life on Mars? Armando Azua-Bustos
  12:00 – 12:45 Planetary protection John Rummel
  LUNCH BREAK  
  14:00 – 14:20 Searching for fast transients from extraterrestrial probes with EXOPROBE Beatriz Villarroel
  14:20 – 14:40 Searching for intelligent life in gravitational wave signals Luke Sellers
  14:40 – 15:00 Simulating the characteristics of extra-terrestrial civilizations that encounter Earth Kevin Knuth
  15:00 – 15:20 Searching for false negatives: On the necessity of extraterrestrial participation for human recognition and beyond Niklas Döbler
  15:20 – 15:40 Galactic vs. intra-galactic habitability: A missing link? Milan Ćirković
  15:40 – 16:00 How probable is Gaia? Arwen Nicholson
  COFFEE BREAK  
  16:30 – 16:45 Communicating the gaps and closing them David Whitehouse
16:45 – 17:30 Discussion: The Great Filter

Chair: Richard Wilman

Panellists:
Arwen Nicholson
Milan Ćirković
Jacob Haqq Misra

Wed, Apr 17 Are we prepared for the societal implications of a detection or null result? – Uncertainty: High
  09:00 – 09:45 Preparedness as a global societal challenge Kathryn Denning
09:45 – 10:30 The challenging implications for theology and ethics Jacques Arnould
  COFFEE BREAK  
  11:00 – 11:45 International Space Law Les Tennen
11:45 – 12:30 Visionary science fiction Stephen Baxter
  LUNCH BREAK  
  14:00 – 15:30 Discussion:
Life as a Cosmic Phenomenon (in Science, Anthropology, Theology, Law, Ethics and Art)

Chairs:
Martin Dominik
Istvan Praet
Mazlan Othman

Panellists:
Ricky Lee
Olli-Pekka Vainio
Erik Persson
Perig Pitrou
Daniela De Paulis

  COFFEE BREAK  
  16:00 – 17:30 Workshop: Futures I – Resilience and flexibility George Profitiliotis
  19:00 – 21:00 Public lecture: Life in the Universe
(Venue: Teaching and Learning Centre)
Dirk Schulze-Makuch
Thu, Apr 18 Preparing for post-detection
  09:00 – 10:00 Current post-detection protocols and ’The Hub’ John Elliott
  10:00 – 10:30 Finding intelligent life and first contact scenarios: Towards public awareness and engagement and the impact of discovery

Shirin Shater Zadeh Yazdi

  COFFEE BREAK  
  11:00 – 12:30 Workshop: Futures II – What are we missing? George Profitiliotis
Carol Oliver
Andreas Schwarz
  LUNCH BREAK  
  13:00 – 17:00 Excursion to Hadrian’s Wall  
  18:00 – 22:00 Symposium dinner  
Fri, Apr 19 The future
  09:00 – 10:00 The future of SETI Andrew Siemion
10:00 – 10:30 Extraterrestrial intelligent life: What the public believes Chris Impey
  COFFEE BREAK  
  11:00 – 11:30 The media: friend and/or foe? Nadia Drake
11:30 – 12:00 Future tools for communication and engagement David Whitehouse
12:00 – 12:30 Mini-Workshop: Communicating our conclusions Carol Oliver
  LUNCH BREAK  
  14:00 – 14:30 Big challenges in Big Data SETI Steve Croft
14:30 – 15:30 Discussion: The future is our future

Chairs:
Hermine Landt
Federica Bianco

Panellists:
David Grinspoon
Mike Edmunds
Eleni Chatzichristou
James Davenport

  COFFEE BREAK  
  16:00 – 16:20 Uncharted Territories: Distilling insights and outcomes from IAUS 387 Life Beyond Earth Andjelka Kovačević