LITTLE FERRY, NJ.., May 17, 1997 -- Dr. H. Paul Shuch, executive director of the non-profit SETI (Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence) League, has been selected as featured speaker at the First European Radio Astronomy Congress, to be held in Heppheim, Germany. The conference, scheduled for the weekend of 20 - 21 September 1997, will be attended by a wide range of amateur and professional astronomers, radio engineers, and SETI scientists. Sponsored by the European Radio Astronomy Club, the meeting is open to members and non-members alike, as well as anyone interested in Radio Science.
"The mission of The SETI League is to privatize research once conducted by NASA," says Shuch. "Our young organization now boasts roughly 500 members in 26 countries, and enjoys strong support in Europe. This conference will provide me an opportunity to collaborate more closely with our existing European members, and to attract more participants from among the ranks of European radio amateurs and amateur astronomers."
"I myself did not count (SETI) as being scientific until I actually saw such an instrument designed for SETI work," admits Peter Wright, president of the European Radio Astronomy Club. Noting the skepticism with which much of the scientific community has long viewed SETI, he says, "we as radio astronomers have a lot to learn from SETI researchers, and they have a lot to learn from us. It is a statistical fact that life must be somewhere else in our Universe. The fact is that mankind has not yet really tried to find it. We have not even really had the means to do such a search until this day."
Further details about the conference may be obtained by writing to The European Radio Astronomy Club, Ziethen str 97, D-68259, Mannheim Germany.
SETI scientists seek to determine through microwave and optical measurements 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 http://www.setileague.org/, 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 electromagnetic Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence.
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