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SETI League Strengthens European Ties
For more information contact: Dr. H. Paul Shuch, Executive Director
(201) 641-1770, or email info_at_setileague_dot_org

Heppenheim, Germany.., October 2003 -- Although registered as a United States nonprofit corporation with headquarters in New Jersey, the grassroots SETI League has always enjoyed an international flavor, with its 1400 members hailing from 64 different countries on six continents. With a recent significant increase in SETI interest and activities throughout Europe, the educational and scientific organization has begun to allocate an increasing percentage of its resources toward supporting its members on that continent. Plans are now being laid for The SETI League to host its first scientific meeting in Europe, in March of 2004.

"I find myself spending more and more time here," noted SETI League executive director H. Paul Shuch during a visit to Germany earlier this month, "in part due to the kind hospitality of my European friends, and partly because Europe is emerging as a real hotbed of SETI science." Dr. Shuch was recently made a member of the Starkenburg-Sternwarte e.V. in Heppenheim, one of the oldest private astronomical observatories in Germany, and host to the last three triennial European Radio Astronomy Congresses, of which The SETI League was co-sponsor. One of his first acts as a member of the Observatory was to secure their Board's approval to schedule there a SETI Science and Technology Workshop, tentatively titled EuroSETI04.

As a recently inducted member of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) and an active participant on their SETI Permanent Study Group, Shuch is seeking official IAA sanction for The SETI League's planned workshop, which has been tentatively scheduled for the weekend of 26 to 28 March, 2004. Academic papers will be presented on a variety of topics related to the scientific Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence, a formal Proceedings will be published, and various social events are planned, to encourage further collaboration between SETI League members throughout Europe.

"Given the success of the three SETICon Technical Symposia we held in the US over the past three years," says Shuch, "it seems most appropriate to begin hosting similar events at various other SETI Centers of Excellence around the world. I am hoping the March meeting will be the first of many, held wherever SETI League members may care to congregate."

SETI League members should watch the organization's website at for further details on the upcoming meeting, as they become available.

SETI scientists use a variety of scientific approaches to determine whether humankind is alone in the universe. Since Congress terminated NASA's SETI funding in 1993, The SETI League and other scientific groups have been attempting to privatize the research. Experimenters interested in participating in the search for intelligent alien life, or citizens wishing to help support it, should email to join_at_setileague_dot_org, check the SETI League Web site at, send a fax to +1 (201) 641-1771, or contact The SETI League, Inc. membership hotline at +1 (800) TAU-SETI. Be sure to provide us with a postal address to which we will mail further information. The SETI League, Inc. is a membership-supported, non-profit [501(c)(3)], educational and scientific corporation dedicated to the systematic Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence.

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