For our May event, William Edmondson will discuss how to go about searching for extra-terrestrial intelligence (SETI).
This event will take place on Tuesday 13th May 2014 from 18:00 to 20:00 in the main Trophy Suite at the Tally Ho! Sports and Conference Centre in Birmingham.
Tea, coffee and a buffet will be available. Both members and non-members are welcome.
Bookings for this event can be made on the BCS event booking system – available soon.
Closing date for bookings is Monday 12th May 2014 at 12:00 pm. No more bookings will be taken after this date.
For overseas delegates who wish to attend the event please note that BCS do not issue invitation letters.
About the Presenter
William Edmondson has been actively involved in the international SETI enterprise since 2003, when he first gave a talk at a small workshop in Paris. Indeed France has a good track record in both SETI work - he presented at another SETI conference in Paris in March this year – and related topics. For example, the website inventory/encyclopaedia of exoplanets is managed by Jean Schneider working in Paris. He has also conducted a radio search for signals using the Arecibo radio-telescope and a specific targeting scheme he developed. A paper was published on this in 2003. Sadly nothing was detected.
William will review the development of some ideas (but not list projects/attempts) in SETI from early days through to new debates about targetting, messaging and observing. His own thinking has changed to focus on arguments in favour of simply looking at selected targets, with ever-more powerful optical telescopes. He will explain why. As ever, in cutting edge science, the role of instrumentation (and recently that includes computation) is an important part of the story. He will also provide his take on the “Where are they?” question, but without going into details such as the Drake equation (historically provocative but not now so relevant in his view).