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3rd Searching for Life Signatures St Petersburg Print

St. Petersburg, Russia,
June 27-29, 2011

Institute of Applied Astronomy RAS
10 Kutuzova quay,
191187 St. Petersburg, Russia

Second Announcement

First Announcement

The International Academy of Astronautics created a SETI committee in the seventies now established in Permanent Study Group. Its role is to develop studies, establish protocols to be followed by SETI scientists in the detection, analysis, verification, announcement, and response to signals from extraterrestrial civilizations, call for symposia and cooperate with the scientific community worldwide.
Conference Rationale

SETI (the “Search for ExtraTerrestrial Intelligence”) refers to the experiments intended to find either radio or optical signals from extraterrestrial societies situated on planets around other stars. The largest radio telescopes world-wide have occasionally pursued SETI searches since 1960, in most cases hunting for signals near in frequency to 1420 MHz (the emission line of neutral hydrogen). Optical SETI searches have been pursued since the 1990s. These attempts to detect extraterrestrial signals are called “Passive SETI”.

In recent years, a new kind of SETI, called “Active SETI” or “METI” (the “Messaging to ExtraTerrestrial Intelligence”), has been discussed by radio astronomers and has actually been attempted in a few cases: it consists of deliberately transmitting signals to enhance the probability of making contact with other hypothetical galactic technological civilizations. In addition, the discovery since 1995 of more than 500 extrasolar planets makes it clear that both Passive and Active SETI may now be “targeted” towards exoplanets that are situated within habitable zones, further increasing the probability of a SETI success.

In conclusion, it is now timely to gather a large conference of experts in SETI, biosignatures, the search for terrestrial exoplanets and related disciplines from all over the globe to openly discuss the strategies of both Passive and Active SETI. These are the goals of the “Searching for Life Signatures” Conference that will take place in St. Petersburg, June 27th thru 30th, 2011, in the week just prior to the “ORIGINS” IAU Commission 55 Conference that will take place at Montpellier, France, July 3rd thru 8th, 2011.


Monday, June 27, 2011
IAA RAS, 10 Kutuzova nab.
  9:00 – 10:00    Registration

Co-chairmans: Andrey Finkelstein and Claudio Maccone

10:00 – 10:15    A. Finkelstein (Institute of Applied Astronomy of the Russian Academy of Sciences). Welcome address.
10:15 – 10:30    C. Maccone (International Academy of Astronautics) Welcome address.

Session 1
Chairman — Claudio Maccone
10:30 – 11:10    M. Marov (Vernadsky Institute of Geochemistry and Analytical Chemistry of the Russian Academy of Sciences ). About some problems of planetary cosmogony.
11:10 – 11:35    A. Tutukov (Institute of Astronomy of the Russian Academy of Sciences) Stars - Planets - Life – Civilization.
11:35 – 12:00    N. Sokulina (Geostroicom Ltd.). Red dwarves’ planetary systems and their civilisations.
12:00 – 12:30    Coffee break

Session 2
Chairman — Andrey Finkelstein
12:30 – 13:10     A. Rozanov (Paleontological Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences). Life on the Early Earth.
13:10 – 13:35    A. Panov (Lomonosov Moscow State University). Prebiological panspermia and the hypothesis of the self-consistent Galaxy origin of life.
13:35 – 14:00    M. Abubekerov, N. Gostev, A. Cherepaschuk (Sternberg State Astronomical Institute of Lomonosov Moscow State University). The analysis of multicolor light curve of the binary system with exoplanet HD 189733.
14:00 – 16:00    Lunch

Session 3
Chairman — Anatoly Cherepaschuk
16:00 – 16:25    C. Maccone (International Academy of Astronautics) Statistics for Exoplanets and ET Civilizations.
16:25 – 16:50    A. Panov (Lomonosov Moscow State University). Dynamical generalizations of the Drake equation: the linear and non-linear Theories.
16:50 – 17:15    Yu. Efremov (Sternberg State Astronomical Institute of Lomonosov Moscow State University). The greatest mystery of the Universe.
17:15 – 17:40    S. Dumas (SETI League). The possibility of an interstellar empire.
17:40 – 18:05    S. Yazev (Astronomical Observatory of Irkutsk State University). The end of Society and SETI Problem.
18:05 – 18:30    G. Gontcharov (Central (Pulkovo) Astronomical Observatory). The WOW signal star.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Session 4
Chairman — Yury Efremov
10:00 – 10:25    I. Gurevich (Institute of Informatics Problems of the Russian Academy of Sciences). What Are The Similarities and Differences Between Civilizations in The Universe?
10:25 – 10:50    C. Maccone (International Academy of Astronautics). Filtering Signals by The KLT Rather than by The FFT.
10:50 – 11:15    R. Faizullin (Dostoyevsky Omsky State University). SETI and cryptographic problem of formation and recognition the mark of message beginning.
11:15 – 12:00    A. Zaitsev (Kotel’nikov Institute of Radio Engineering and Electronics of the Russian Academy of Sciences). METI: Messaging to Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence
12:00–12:20    Coffee break

Session 5
Chairman — Alexander Zaitsev
12:20 – 12:45    S. Dumas (SETI League). Writing a letter to ET.
12:45 – 13:10    S. Dumas (SETI League). Principal Component Analysis and Applications.
13:10 – 13:35    L. Gindilis (Sternberg State Astronomical Institute of Lomonosov Moscow State University). Is it dangerous or not to transmit signals?
13:35 – 14:00    C. Maccone (International Academy of Astronautics). Space Missions to The Sun Focus at 550 AU
14:00 – 14:25    C. Maccone (International Academy of Astronautics). The United Nations to Protect The Moon Farside.
14:25 – 16:00    Lunch

Chairman — Mikhail Marov
16:00 – 17:45    General discussion.
17.45 – 18:00    A. Finkelstein (Institute of Applied Astronomy of the Russian Academy of Sciences). Closing.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

9:00 – 17:00    Excursion to the Radio Astronomical Observatory “Svetloe”.

Program committee:

Contant Jean-Michel (Chairman)          International Academy of Astronautics, France
Finkelstein Andrey (Co-chairman)        Institute of Applied Astronomy of Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia
Maccone Claudio (Scientific secretary)  International Academy of Astronautics, Italy
Kardashev Nikolay                            Astro Space Center of Lebedev Physical Institute of Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia
Gindilis Lev                                      Sternberg State Astronomical Institute of the Moscow State University, Russia
Ventskovsky Oleg                            State Enterprise "Yuzhnoye Design Office" (European Representation), Ukraine
Zaitsev Alexander                            Kotel’nikov Institute of Radioengineering and Electronics of Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia
Dumas Stephane                             SETI League Coordinator for Eastern Canada, Quebec, Canada

Local committee:

Finkelstein Andrey (Chairman)
Shuygina Nadia (Secretary)
Lysenkov Eugene
Talvik Alexandra
Valyaev Valery
Salnikov Alexander

Conference Venue

The conference will take place at the Institute of Applied Astronomy of RAS, 10 Kutuzova quay, St. Petersburg, Russia.

Format of the Conference

The language of the conference is English.
Contributed paper can be submitted for oral presentation or as poster. Depending upon the number of papers offered, it is hoped to provide 30 minutes for invited papers and 15 minutes for contributed ones, including discussion. For oral presentation a multimedia projector will be in your disposition. Area up to 1.2 square meters will be provided for poster. Submitted papers are reviewed by the Program Committee and selected on the basis of their suitability for inclusion in the program. The Committee reserves the right to reject paper or to change form of its presentation. It is supposed that Proceedings of the Conference will be published soon after the end of the Conference. Abstracts (400 words max) must be submitted to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it Deadline for Abstract Submission is 31.03.2011.


In case you are going to attend the Conference please fill in the registration form and send it to the address This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it before the 31st of March, 2011.

Registration fee

Registration fee for the conference is 250 Euro (for foreign participants) and 150 Euro (for participants from Russia). It should be paid in cash at the registration desk. The registration fee includes conference materials, coffee breaks, welcome party, transportation and dinner while visit to “Svetloe” observatory, book of abstracts, conference program, volume of Proceedings. Registration fee accompanying persons is 150 Euro.


A visitor to the Russian Federation must have a valid passport (at least six months beyond the intended day of departure) and a visa. There are three kinds of visas that are of relevance for the meeting: (1) a tourist visa, (2) a business visa for citizens of European Union, (3) a business visa for citizens of non-European countries. A tourist visa and a business visa for citizens of European countries is valid for an exact number of days up to a maximum of 30 days (29 days for U.S. citizens), covered by proof of pre-booked accommodation in Russia for the entire period. A business visa for citizens of non-European countries is valid for one month and also requires pre-booked accommodation. The preferred visa type is the tourist visa, because it has a faster processing time within Russia (about a week). In the case, however, that your employer only reimburses travel costs on a business visa, this will be the visa type you have to apply for (processing time of one month or more in Russia).

The company OASIS Travel & Congress Services will take care of organizing accommodation as well as visa invitations for the Meeting. Please fill in the visa form and then e-mail or fax it to the OASIS company. An accompanying person has to fill in his/her own separate form. Each participant should attach a copy the main page of valid passport.

Upon receiving the filled in form OASIS will go through the process of having an invitation letter stamped by the Migration Service of the Russian Federation. A tourist visa invitation could be issued very fast (within one week) and faxed to a participant. Officially authorized business visa invitation is issued a month later and it should be faxed to the number given in the form. However, knowing that several Russian Consulates only accept the original version of the invitation letter, the original invitation letter will also be sent to a participant by regular mail on a requirement. With the letter (or fax) in hand, you can apply for your visa at the Russian Consulate (in your country of residence) that you listed in your application form. Please check with your Russian Consulate on the required forms and visa processing fees. The processing time for getting your passport visa stamped at the consulate is usually less than ten business days; in rare cases it can take up to a month.

An invitation fee for the tourist visa and for the business visa depends on visa and hotel type The fee could be collected at the meeting’s registration desk. There will be a representative of OASIS at the registration desk who shall receive the payments for the (possible) invitation fee and the hotel room.

Please fill in the form and send it to OASIS Travel & Congress Services:
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Contact person: Daria Minina

Important dates:

10.02.2011         First announcement and call for papers
31.03.2011         Registration and abstract submission
01.05.2011         Second announcement with program
27-29.06.2011    The 3rd SETI conference

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