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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”.

Speakers

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

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

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

2000-2001 Research Fellow, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA
2001-2002 Young Engineer Fellowship, ESA - European Space Agency, Netherlands
2003-2004 Consultant to ESA - Science Department via AURORA Technology, Netherlands
2005-2009 Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
2008-2013 Lecturer, Astronomy Department, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
2009-2010 Research Associate, Astronomy Department, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
2010-2014 Research Associate, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
2010-2014 Lecturer, Astronomy Department, Heidelberg University, Heidelberg
 Since 2014 Associate Professor, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
 Since 2014 Founding Director, Carl Sagan Institute: Pale Blue Dot and Beyond, Ithaca, NY
2010-2014 Research Group Leader, Max Planck Institute, Heidelberg

Rocco MANCINELLI

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

1975 BA, Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology, University of Colorado at Boulder, CO
1977 MA, Department of Environmental, Population & Organismic Biology, University of Colorado at Boulder, CO
1982 PhD, Department of Environmental, Population & Organismic Biology, University of Colorado at Boulder, CO
1983-1984 Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, Washburn University, Topeka, KS
1984-1986 National Academy of Sciences National Research Council Fellow, NASA's Ames Research Center, Mountain View, CA
1987-1997 Principal Investigator, SETI Institute, Mountain View, CA
1997-2009 Senior Research Scientist, SETI Institute, Mountain View, CA
since 2009 Senior Research Scientist, Bay Area Environmental Research Institute; NASA's Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA
since 2015 Adjunct Professor Dept. Microbiology & Toxicology, University of California, Santa Cruz, CA

Seminar Week

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16.08.2017

17:00 - 17:45Opening of the European Forum Alpbach 2017Plenary
17:45 - 18:30Opening SpeechesPlenary
19:00 - 20:30Presentation of the SeminarsPlenary
20:30 - 22:00Bread and WineSocial

17.08.-22.08.2017

Seminar 01: The new Silk Road in a global contextSeminar
Seminar 02: Populism and post-factual politicsSeminar
Seminar 03: Conflicts around the commonsSeminar
Seminar 04: Energy transition with renewable energies and energy efficiency: a win-win for the planet and the global economySeminar
Seminar 05: Are we alone in the universe?Seminar
Seminar 06: Conflict and cooperation: preferences or environmentSeminar
Seminar 07: Transitional Justice: case studies from the Balkans and South AfricaSeminar
Seminar 08: Art - in conflictSeminar
Seminar 09: Pragmatic alliances and global disorderSeminar
Seminar 10: Don't mess with our education! Creating new Utopias!Seminar
Seminar 11: Why is it called a Play?Seminar
Seminar 12: Ethics in ActionSeminar
Seminar 13: Dirty Products - responsible consumption: how digitisation changes the role of the consumerSeminar
Seminar 14: Global Weirding? Climate change and population dynamicsSeminar
Seminar 16: Timescapes of the 21st century: asynchronicities, acceleration and time conflictsSeminar
Seminar 17: The RenAIssance: Brave New WorldSeminar
Seminar 18: Politics at the grassroots levelSeminar
Seminar 19: Turkey at the crossroadsSeminar
Seminar 20: How to step out of lineSeminar

17.08.2017

19:00 - 20:30Turkey at the crossroadsPlenary

20.08.2017

19:00 - 22:00Storytelling: Journeys from conflict to cooperationBreakout

21.08.2017

19:00 - 21:30The RenAIssance: Brave New WorldBreakout