While waiting for my Skype session to Detcon I to start, I figured I would post this:
The Fermi Paradox in Light of the Kepler Mission
Thursday 19:00 - 20:00, Capital Suite 15 (ExCeL)
The Kepler Mission has been hugely successful in searching for exoplanets. It's results have been used as the basis of claims that Earthlike planets lie in the habitable zones of 20% of stars in the galaxy. This would mean that the nearest habitable planet s just 12 light years away. If habitable planets are so common why have we seen no sign of intelligent life spreading from star to star? Does this mean that we really are alone in the universe? The panel considers Kepler and other results and try to come up with more informed answers to Fermi's infamous question: "Where are they?"
Gerry Webb (M), Guy Consolmagno SJ , Dr Helen Fraser, Dr Jane Greaves, G. David Nordley , Charles Stross
Scientists Without Borders
Friday 13:30 - 15:00, Capital Suite 15 (ExCeL)
Science may strive for objectivity, but all scientific communities are grounded in their host cultures. The panellists talk about working in different scientific cultures, working in multinational teams or transporting a team or project elsewhere.
Guy Consolmagno SJ (M) , Katie Mack, Leah-Nani Alconcel , Sharon Reamer, Rachel Berkson
Saturday 11:00 - 12:00, London Suite 4 (ExCeL)
Guy Consolmagno SJ , Juliet E McKenna
SF and Space Travel: pragmatism or pessimism?
Monday 12:00 - 13:30, Capital Suite 11 (ExCeL)
Charlie Stross has said the idea of space travel happening any time soon in real life is complete nonsense. Not everyone has agreed with him, but does the discussion he started highlight something about the proliferation of near term science fiction? Does the dearth of spaceships on TV, and the glut of climate-change thrillers on paper, indicate that we have lost faith in the idea that humans will travel among the stars? Or should we be engaging with issues much closer to home anyway?
Guy Consolmagno SJ (M), Rohan Shah , Anna Davour , Ben Bova, Tsana Dolichva
Reading: Guy Consolmagno SJ
Monday 15:30 - 16:00, London Suite 1 (ExCeL)
Guy Consolmagno SJ