Program Schedule


Please note: This was the planned schedule for our cancelled April dates. Schedule is tentative and may change. Schedule, speakers, topics and abstract links will be added as the program evolves.

TIME FRIDAY PRESENTATIONS
9:30 Jim Funaro Welcome to CONTACT 2020
10:00 Don Scott The Ranger and the Astronaut - Introduction
10:30 Jay Cole The Ranger and the Astronaut - The Impact of Science Fiction on Public Opinion
11:00 Bruce Damer The Ranger and the Astronaut - Practicing Science in a National Park
11:30 Bruce Damer The Quest for the Origin of Life on Earth, Mars and elsewhere in the Universe
12:00 LUNCH
1:30 Gus Frederick Looking Backward - Twenty Years After What Could Have Been
2:00 Melanie Swan Quantum Computing, Black Holes, and the Problem of Time
2:30 Robert Zubrin Artificial Singularity Power: A Basis for Developing and Detecting Advanced Spacefaring Civilizations
3:00 Michael Sims et al Next Stop the Stars - well, at least the planets!
3:30 BREAK
4:00 David P. Miller Stereo vs. 3D for Teleoperation in Space
4:30 Zac Zimmer Firstness as Knot: The Entanglements of Contact and Colonialism
5:00 Nora Bateson Warm Data
5:30 DINNER on your own
8:30 Art Gallery Reception & Wine Tasting
AFTER Gathering
TIME SATURDAY PRESENTATIONS
9:00 Kelly Smith Is Messaging Extraterrestrial Intelligence (METI) Ethical? Implications of Informed Consent and Public Opinion
9:30 Douglas Raybeck Likely Sensory Receptors of Extraterrestrials
10:00 William Clancey What Can We Learn from the Octopus about the Nature of Intelligence and its Evolution?
10:30 Jim Funaro Outside the Box: Musings on the Worlds of Perception
11:00 Carlo Séquin Geometrical Conversation Pieces in ET Contact
11:30 Seth Shostak A Better Way to Find E.T.?
12:00 LUNCH
1:30 Chris McKay et al Human Exploration of the Entire Solar System
2:30 Penelope J. Boston Transport of Biosignatures and Life Across the Solar System and Beyond
3:00 David Morrison What Really Killed the Dinosaurs?
3:30 BREAK
4:00 Steve McDaniel Fix Earth or Fix Mars...Why Not Both?
4:30 Joel Hagen I know who I am... I’m not so sure about you
5:00 Nora Bateson Warm Data II
7:00 BANQUET
8:30 KEYNOTE: Andrew Fraknoi Inspiration from the Cosmos: Music, Astronomy, and Popular Culture
AFTER Socializing in Hospitality Room
TIME SUNDAY PRESENTATIONS
10:00 Keith Doyle Mars and Space Themes in Board Games
10:30 Jeroen Lapré Maelstrom II and Exoplanets
11:00 Michael Waltemathe Biocentric Perspectives and Biodiversity in Space Exploration. Religious and theological aspects of our relation to possible environments
11:30 CHECK-OUT TIME
12:00 LUNCH
1:00 Barr, Nordley and Read Epona Returns
2:30 Israel Zuckerman: Coordinator Contact!
3:30 Jim Funaro Closing Remarks and Discussion