3-7 August 2020

technoclimes

AN Online Workshop to Develop a Research Agenda 
for Non-Radio Technosignatures

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About The Event

TechnoClimes 2020 was a NASA-sponsored interdisciplinary workshop to develop a research agenda to prioritize and guide future theoretical and observational studies of non-radio technosignatures. TechnoClimes was convened as an online-only event on 3-7 August 2020, in order to accommodate worldwide attendance with current restrictions on travel. Participation included scientists and other academic scholars with research interests that relate to the search for extraterrestrial technology.

Talks from TechnoClimes 2020 are available on Youtube

Posters can be viewed at the ESSOAr repository 

(Note: The views and opinions expressed in these talks and posters are those of the authors and are not necessarily those of the workshop organizing committee, NASA, or any other sponsoring organization.)

Why Study Technosignatures?

Technosignatures are observational manifestations of technology, particularly those that could be detected through astronomical or other means. Possible technosignatures include waste heat, artificial illumination, artificial atmospheric constituents, artificial surface constituents, stellar pollution, non-terrestrial artifacts, and megastructures. This workshop welcomes discussion of this broad set of technosignatures, as well as any others that could conceivably be detected by a current or future NASA mission.

NASA’s recent interest in technosignatures resulted in the convening of a technosignatures workshop in 2018, which produced a report that defined the state of the field and emerging opportunities. The 2018 workshop represented a significant step in NASA’s astrobiology strategy by emphasizing the connection between the search for life on exoplanets and the possibility of detecting signs of extraterrestrial technology.

TechnoClimes seeks to continue the momentum of the previous NASA workshop on technosignatures by holding a focused 5-day discussion with the goal of delivering a research agenda on technosignatures to the broader community. This research agenda for technosignatures will include prioritization of objectives in the context of NASA’s existing and planned missions, as some technosignatures may be observable passively by other missions that are seeking signs of spectroscopic biosignatures. This report will also provide best practices for any future missions that are designed with the intent to search for technosignatures.

TechnoClimes Schedule

12:00 PM - 12:30 PM EDT
Break - view posters & discuss in Slack
1:30 PM - 2:45 PM EDT
Full Group Discussion
2:45 PM - 3:00 PM EDT
Daily Summary - connect with new colleagues in Slack
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM EDT
Break - view posters & discuss in Slack
1:30 PM - 2:45 PM EDT
Full Group Discussion
2:45 PM - 3:00 PM EDT
Daily Summary - connect with new colleagues in Slack
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM EDT
Break - view posters & discuss in Slack
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM EDT
1:30 PM - 2:45 PM EDT
Full Group Discussion
2:45 PM - 3:00 PM EDT
Daily Summary - connect with new colleagues in Slack

Day 4: Thursday, August 6

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM EDT
11:00  Poster Lightning Talks

11:30  Full Group Discussion
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM EDT
Break - view posters & discuss in Slack
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM EDT
Breakout Groups
1:30 PM - 2:45 PM EDT
Breakout Group Reports and Discussion
2:45 PM - 3:00 PM EDT
Daily Summary - connect with new colleagues in Slack

Day 5: Friday, August 7

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM EDT
Full Group Discussion
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM EDT
Break - view posters & discuss in Slack
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM EDT
Breakout Groups
2:00 PM - 2:45 PM EDT
Breakout Group Reports and Discussion
2:45 PM - 3:00 PM EDT
Closing Remarks and Next Steps for Deliverable

Organizing Committee

Jacob Haqq-Misra
Jason Wright
Adam Frank
Dawn Gelino
Ravi Kopparapu
Ryan Felton

Funding for TechnoClimes is provided by the NASA Exobiology program under award 80NSSC20K1109.

Please contact admin@technoclimes.org with any questions.

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