In the spring of 1960, Dr. Frank Drake used a radio telescope at the Green Bank Observatory to search for radio signals from intelligent beings around two nearby stars. In honor of the 60th anniversary of this search for technosignatures — Project Ozma — and Drake’s 90th birthday, there will be a workshop at the Green Bank Observatory to discuss past, present and future efforts in this field. Although the main focus will be on radio searches, there will be ample time to discuss work in other parts of the electromagnetic spectrum.

The Workshop will begin with an informal reception on Sunday evening, April 26, and end with lunch on Wednesday April 29, 2020. The isolation and great natural beauty of the Green Bank Observatory encourages a high degree of interaction between workshop participants. For logistical reasons, attendance will be limited to no more than 50, all of whom will be professionals (or their students) who are working on SETI or related fields.

All workshop participants will be housed on or near the Observatory. Housing costs, as well as all meals, will be covered by the registration fee, which will probably be around $425.

More detailed information will be available in the coming weeks.

Scientific Organizing Committee

  • Frank Drake (SETI Institute)
  • Nadia Drake (Science Reporter)
  • Sue Ann Heatherly (GBO)
  • Jay Lockman (GBO)
  • Jean-Luc Margot (UCLA)
  • Andrew Siemion (U. Cal. Berkeley)
  • Jill Tarter (SETI Institute)
  • Dan Werthimer (U. Cal. Berkeley)
  • Jason Wright (Penn. State Univ.)
  • Shelley Wright (Univ. Cal. San Diego)

If you are interested in attending this workshop please fill in the following form.

We will contact you as Workshop plans develop.

Ozma at 60

Price: $0.00

Start Time: 8:00 am
End Time: 9:00 pm

Start Date: 2020-04-27
End Date: 2020-04-29

Registration Details

For pre-registration purposes, please provide the additional following information.

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