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SETI Enthusiasts Gather at Harvard

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
08/04/2004

CONTACT:
Mat Kaplan
Email: mat.kaplan@planetary.org
Phone: +1-626-793-5100

On August 7, 2004, several of the world's foremost SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) scientists will participate in a public symposium at Harvard University sponsored by The Planetary Society. Presentations at "ET, Where Are You?" will range from what we have learned so far to what's next in searching for life - and intelligence - elsewhere in the universe.

Participants include Frank Drake, creator of the Drake Equation for estimating the number of intelligent civilizations that might exist in our galaxy; Paul Horowitz, who leads The Planetary Society-sponsored optical SETI program out of Harvard University; Dan Werthimer, project scientist for the world renowned SETI@home project, with more than 5 million participants worldwide; and Geoffrey Marcy, an avid hunter (and finder) of extrasolar planets, who will announce some newly discovered worlds at the symposium.

"For millennia, humans have wondered whether or not we are alone in the universe," said Bruce Betts, Director of Projects for The Planetary Society, "but only during the last few decades have we been able to actively search for other beings on other worlds. This symposium gives members of the public the rare chance to meet and learn from the scientists conducting the search."

All participants must be registered in advance (except for press). Over 150 participants are scheduled to attend.

Media are invited -- just present press credentials. The symposium will be held Saturday, August 7, 2004, from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM at Harvard University in Science Center Hall C, 1 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA. For more information, call the Society at 626-793-5100 or visit the Society's website.

These scientists will also gather with other researchers for a Planetary Society hosted professional workshop on Friday, August 6 entitled, "The Significance of Negative SETI Results."

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About The Planetary Society

The Planetary Society has inspired millions of people to explore other worlds and seek other life. With the mission to empower the world's citizens to advance space science and exploration, its international membership makes the non-governmental Planetary Society the largest space interest group in the world. Carl Sagan, Bruce Murray and Louis Friedman founded The Planetary Society in 1980. Bill Nye, a longtime member of The Planetary Society's Board, serves as CEO.