The Future of Life
Here on Earth and Elsewhere
A workshop on human exploration of the cosmos
With robust aerospace, chemical evolution, and planetary science programs, and with four authors of NASA’s astrobiology roadmap as faculty, Georgia Tech is a thought leader in origins of life science. The College of Science and College of Engineering’s contributions to space exploration and astrobiology research have spanned decades. Together with contributions from the Ivan Allen College, the Institute is well poised to frame broad discussions of astrobiology and its cultural relevance that will shape societal decision making and inspire future research. To that end, Georgia Tech will host a two-day series of conversations and scholarly workshops designed to connect scientists and liberal arts scholars from across the campus, city, and country with the stirring possibilities and consequences of humanity’s shared endeavor to understand its origins, its station, and its future.
October 21 Full Program (SOLD OUT)
Interview with Kim Stanley Robinson
Premiere of Retrosyn
Based on the work of Georgia Tech scientists, the short piece is accompanied by a string quartet originally composed and performed by CCE undergraduate researcher, Catherine Psarakis.
Chemical Evolution, Stated Clearly
"The Origin of Biochemistry"
"Instrumentation to Search for Signatures of Life in the Solar System"
"Habitability of Worlds and the Discovery of Water on Mars"
Register for the Friday Program (SOLD OUT)
- 11:00: Introduction by Kenneth Knoespel
- 11:10: Screenings of Retrosyn and Stated Clearly Animation, "Sharing Science with the Public," Chris Parsons
- 11:30: 'The Edges of Astrobiology,' a conversation over lunch with John Baross
- 1:00: Interview with Kim Stanley Robinson
- 2:00: Group Intelligence flash mob on the instructional center lawn
Register for Group Intelligence here
Saturday, October 22 (Engineered Biosystems Building- Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Seminar Room)
- 9:00: Opening remarks by Deans Royster and Goldbart
- 9:15: 'The Origin of Biochemistry,' Nick Hud
- 9:45: 'Multicellularity,' Frank Rosenzweig
- 10:15: 'Engineering Perspectives on the Origin of Life,' Martha Grover
- 10:45: 'Instrumentation to Search for Signatures of Life in the Solar System,' Amanda Stockton
- 11:15: 'Habitability of Worlds and the Discovery of Water on Mars,' James Wray
- 12:00: Lunch and Discussion
- 1:15: 'Rethinking Big Narratives,' Ken Knoespel
- 1:45: 'The Other Worlds of Science Fiction,' Lisa Yaszek
- 2:15: 'Security and the Exploration of Space,' Maggie Kosal
- 2:45: 'The Matter of Religion,' Derek Malone France
- 3:15: 'The Socio-Economic Elements of Astrobiology,' Usha Nair-Reichart
- 3:45: Closing discussion and projection of future meetings