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05: Are we alone in the universe?

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More than 2000 years ago the question whether we are alone in the universe was first asked. And we live in the time, where – for the first time in history – we have the tools to answer it. Together Lisa Kaltenegger and Rocco Mancinelli will explore the newest discoveries, surprises, and challenges of our understanding of life in the universe.

Lisa Kaltenegger’s research focuses on how to scouts newly discovered planets outside our solar system, so-called exoplanets, for signs of life. Her Computer models combine data from remote planets with geographical and atmospheric data from Earth to determine how to spot signs of a biosphere on different kind of planets. It generates a “fingerprint of light” for a planet, which could potentially harbor different kinds of life forms.

Rocco Mancinelli’s view complements the look to the stars with an in-depth-look at life on Earth. He conducted research on microbial ecology from the heights of the Andes to the salt flats of Baja. He has flown experiments on multiple space flight missions to gain deep insights into life on the earth and its potential beyond earth.

Besides inspiring a new era of astronomic discovery the search for life in the universe will also give us the opportunity to learn about the evolution of the earth, and perhaps give us even first “glimpse into our future”.

Director, Carl Sagan Institute; Associated Professor of Astronomy, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
Senior Research Scientist, Bay Area Environmental Research Institute; NASA's Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA

M.Sc. M.Eng. Ph.D. Lisa KALTENEGGER

Director, Carl Sagan Institute; Associated Professor of Astronomy, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

Research Fellow, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA Young Engineer Fellowship, ESA - European Space Agency, Netherlands Consultant to ESA - Science Department via AURORA Technology, Netherlands Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA Lecturer, Astronomy Department, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA Research Associate, Astronomy Department, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA Research Associate, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA Lecturer, Astronomy Department, Heidelberg University, Heidelberg
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 Since 2014 Associate Professor, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
 Since 2014 Founding Director, Carl Sagan Institute: Pale Blue Dot and Beyond, Ithaca, NY

Array Rocco MANCINELLI

Senior Research Scientist, Bay Area Environmental Research Institute; NASA's Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA

BA, Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology, University of Colorado at Boulder, CO MA, Department of Environmental, Population & Organismic Biology, University of Colorado at Boulder, CO PhD, Department of Environmental, Population & Organismic Biology, University of Colorado at Boulder, CO Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, Washburn University, Topeka, KS National Academy of Sciences National Research Council Fellow, NASA's Ames Research Center, Mountain View, CA Principal Investigator, SETI Institute, Mountain View, CA Senior Research Scientist, SETI Institute, Mountain View, CA Senior Research Scientist, Bay Area Environmental Research Institute; NASA's Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA
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16.08.2017

15:00 - 15:45 Opening of the European Forum Alpbach 2017 Plenary
15:45 - 16:30 Opening Speeches Plenary
17:00 - 18:30 Presentation of the Seminars Plenary
18:30 - 20:00 Bread and Wine Social

17.08.-22.08.2017

Seminar 06: Conflict and cooperation: preferences or environment Seminar
Seminar 03: Conflicts around the commons Seminar
Seminar 10: Don’t mess with our education! Creating new Utopias! Seminar
Seminar 04: Energy transition with renewable energies and energy efficiency: a win-win for the planet and the global economy Seminar
Seminar 05: Are we alone in the universe? Seminar
Seminar 09: Pragmatic alliances and global disorder Seminar
Seminar 02: Populism and post-factual politics Seminar
Seminar 07: Transitional Justice: case studies from the Balkans and South Africa Seminar
Seminar 01: The new Silk Road in a global context Seminar
Seminar 08: Art – in conflict Seminar
Seminar 19: Turkey at the crossroads Seminar
Seminar 16: Timescapes of the 21st century: asynchronicities, acceleration and time conflicts Seminar
Seminar 12: Ethics in Action Seminar
Seminar 13: Dirty Products – responsible consumption: how digitisation changes the role of the consumer Seminar
Seminar 18: Politics at the grassroots level Seminar
Seminar 17: The RenAIssance: Brave New World Seminar
Seminar 14: Global Weirding? Climate change and population dynamics Seminar
Seminar 20: How to step out of line Seminar
Seminar 11: Why is it called a Play? Seminar

17.08.2017

17:00 - 18:30 Turkey at the crossroads Plenary

20.08.2017

17:00 - 20:00 Storytelling: Journeys from conflict to cooperation Breakout

21.08.2017

17:00 - 19:30 The RenAIssance: Brave New World Breakout