‘Hello?? Why are we STILL alone in the Universe?’

Sydney Café Scientific: ‘Hello?? Why are we STILL alone in the Universe?’

Basement, Circular Quay, Sydney

6pm, Monday 3 May

Free event

It’s 50 years since we started using radio telescopes to search for signals from extra-terrestrial life, and 25 years since the SETI Institute was established in California. But all we’ve heard so far is a ringing silence. Are we just talking to ourselves?

Join astronomy experts Fred Watson, Charley Lineweaver and Carol Oliver in the groovy, relaxing atmosphere of the Basement jazz club for a fascinating discussion and discover:

+ why we haven’t found anything yet;

+ how likely it is that life is out there in space;

+ what forms this life might take; and

+ what we’d say if ET did make contact!

Hosted by Bernie Hobbs (ABC New Inventors) and Dr Paul Willis (ABC Catalyst)


Professor Fred Watson is Astronomer-in-charge at the Anglo-Australian Observatory in Coonabarabran.

Dr Carol Oliver manages the Australian Centre for Astrobiology at the University of New South Wales. She is on the International Academy of Astronautics’ SETI Permanent Study Group, and is a member of the International Academy of Astronautics.

Dr Charley Lineweaver is the coordinator of the Planetary Science Institute at the Australian National University. He holds a joint appointment as an Associate Professor in the Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics and the Research School of Earth Sciences.

The bar is open and serving drinks and bar food. Come along, listen and ask your own questions.

Presented by ABC Science

Enquiries: Abbie Thomas, ABC Science 02 8333 5116

Abbie Thomas


02 8333 5116

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