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Announcing SETICon03 Featured Speakers
For more information contact: Dr. H. Paul Shuch, Executive Director
(201) 641-1770, or email info_at_setileague_dot_org

Little Ferry, NJ.., January 2003 -- The grassroots SETI League, Inc., nonprofit leaders in the privatized Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI), is pleased to announce the selection of two distinguished authors as its Keynote Speaker and Awards Banquet Speaker for the upcoming SETICon03 Technical Symposium to be held in April.

Opening the Symposium on Friday, 25 April 2003 will be British physicist and engineer Dr. Alex Ellery, with his talk titled "A Critique of SETI Science." Ellery's main field of specialization is space robotics, in which he earned his Ph.D. He is also a graduate of the International Space University summer program. His interests include artificial intelligence, astrobiology, evolution, SETI, and self-replicating probes. He is a senior lecturer in Astronautics and Space Engineering at Kingston University in London, UK. The main thrust of his research there is the development of rover/mole mission platforms for astrobiology research on Mars. His work combines his interests in space robotics and astrobiology. He is the author of An Introduction to Space Robotics, a textbook for graduate students. Now he is writing a book on von Neumann probes, called The Tenth Avatar.

Dr. David Darling will present "Astrobiology and SETI: A Promising New Partnership" at The SETI League's Third Annual Awards Banquet on Saturday night, 26 April 2003. Darling is a British freelance science writer with a Ph.D. in astronomy. His highly-acclaimed book Life Everywhere: The Maverick Science of Astrobiology was published in 2001 by Basic Books. This was preceded by his Extraterrestrial Encyclopedia, an A-Z on all aspects of the quest for life in the universe. He is also the author of Deep Time, Equations of Eternity (a New York Times Notable Book of the Year), Soul Search, Zen Physics, and numerous articles. His latest book, published by John Wiley & Sons in December 2002, is The Complete Book of Spaceflight. Since 1999 he has maintained the Astrobiology Central ( website. Dr. Darling lives with his wife and family in rural Minnesota, somewhere near Lake Wobegon.

In addition to these two distinguished speakers, SETICon03 will feature three full days of workshops, technical sessions, panel discussions, meetings, hospitality, and a general sharing of ideas between SETI enthusiasts from among The SETI League's membership base of 1350 individuals from over 60 countries. For the third year in a row, SETICon is being hosted by The College of New Jersey, Trenton NJ, and co-sponsored by the IEEE Student Chapter and the American Radio Relay League. Details and registration forms may be found on the Web at

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, 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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