2020: To the Internet and Beyond!

Because of COVID-19, the live conference originally planned for March 2020 was rescheduled for December 14-17 as a virtual event.

The next SSOCIA conference is tentatively scheduled for 2022.

For more information about SSoCIA, email Kelly Smith at kcs@clemson.edu. For more information on the conference at UM, contact Neil Manson at namanson@olemiss.edu.


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Monday, December 14th
9:00 AM


Conference Organizers

9:00 AM - 9:20 AM

9:20 AM

The Morality of Interstellar Messaging

Julia DeMarines, University of California, Berkeley; Blue Marble Institute
Chelsea Haramia, Spring Hill College

9:20 AM - 9:40 AM

9:40 AM

We come in peace(?): On the ethics of interstellar diplomacy

Carlos Santana, University of Utah

9:40 AM - 10:00 AM

10:00 AM

Seeking Shared Values while searching for ETI

Chelsea Haramia, Spring Hill College

10:00 AM - 10:20 AM

10:35 AM

In Dreams Begin Responsibility: Environmental Assessment and Outer SpaceActions

William Kramer, Hawaii Research Center for Future Studies

10:35 AM - 10:55 AM

10:55 AM

Half-Earth, the 1/8 Principle, & Ethics of Collective Restraint

Alan Johnson, Clemson University

10:55 AM - 11:15 AM

11:15 AM

Conservation Ethics for Spacefaring Civilization

Nick Nielsen, Icarus Interstellar

11:15 AM - 11:35 AM

11:35 AM

Predicting the Effects of the Outer Space Treaty on Lunar Mining

Robert Lodder, University of Kentucky

11:35 AM - 11:55 AM

12:00 PM

(Poster) Astrobiologists Should Write Like Journalists and Talk Like Cavemen

Ryan Fortenberry, University of Mississippi

12:00 PM - 1:40 PM

(Poster) Astrobiology and society in Europe today – The white paper on societal implications of astrobiology research in European context

Klara Capova, Durham University
David Dunér, Lund University
Erik Persson, Lund University

12:00 PM - 1:40 PM

(Poster) Biological Soil Crusts: Microbial Prospects for Terraforming?

Erik Hom, University of Mississippi
Alex Penn, University of Surrey

12:00 PM - 1:40 PM

(Poster) Who’s Afraid of Little Green Men? Genetic Enhancement for Off-World Settlements

Caleb Hylkema, Clemson University
Kelly Smith, Clemson University

12:00 PM - 1:40 PM

Tuesday, December 15th
9:00 AM

From Monologue to Dialogue

William Alba, Carnegie Mellon University

9:00 AM - 9:20 AM

9:20 AM

The Assertive/Interrogative Divide in METI

Douglas Estes, South University

9:20 AM - 9:40 AM

9:40 AM

SETI, Cultural Evolution, and the Star Trek Imaginary

John Traphagan, University of Texas, Austin

9:40 AM - 10:00 AM

10:15 AM

Using Aliens to Teach Evolution

David DeGraff, Alfred University

10:15 AM - 10:35 AM

10:35 AM

Lessons learned from Socratic Dialogue in astrobiology education

Erik Persson, Lund University

10:35 AM - 10:55 AM

10:55 AM

A relational definition of life for Astrobiology

Astrid Modera, University of Namur

10:55 AM - 11:15 AM

11:30 AM

Planetary protection: an idea whose time is gone?

Linda Billings, National Institute of Aerospace

11:30 AM - 11:50 AM

11:50 AM

Protecting Our Moon with Multipurpose Nature Reserves

Daniel Capper, University of Southern Mississippi

11:50 AM - 12:10 PM

12:10 PM

Human Mars exploration vs planetary protection

Pauli Laine, University of Jyväskylä

12:10 PM - 12:30 PM

12:30 PM

The Precautionary Principle and Space Exploration

Doan vu Duc, Université catholique de Louvain

12:30 PM - 12:50 PM

Wednesday, December 16th
9:00 AM

Life in space colonies: can ecocentrism help?

Abhik Gupta, Assam University

9:00 AM - 9:20 AM

9:20 AM

Psychological Impediments to Collective Space Colonization

Joseph Gottlieb, Texas Tech University

9:20 AM - 9:40 AM

9:40 AM

Why Humans with Disabilities Will Colonize Space

Sherri Wells-Jensen, Bowling Green State University

9:40 AM - 10:00 AM

10:00 AM

Against Human Enhancement as a Defaultfor Space Societies

James Schwartz, Wichita State University

10:00 AM - 10:20 AM

10:35 AM

Can Astrobiology Transcend Biology?

Lucas Mix, Ronin University

10:35 AM - 10:55 AM

10:55 AM

The Coincidence Number of a Universe & Implications for Life

Andrew Kennedy, Chronolith Research Programme

10:55 AM - 11:15 AM

11:15 AM

Assuring Humanity’s Interstellar Mission Capability for Posterity

Robert G. Kennedy III, Institute for Interstellar Studies
Eric Hughes

11:15 AM - 11:35 AM

11:45 AM

(Film Screening) Chelsey Bonestell: A Brush with the Future

Douglas M. Stewart Jr.

11:45 AM - 1:20 PM

Thursday, December 17th
9:00 AM

Why a session on art?

Kelly Smith, Clemson University

9:00 AM - 9:10 AM

9:10 AM

Art meets science

Sabine Heinz

9:10 AM - 9:30 AM

9:30 AM

COGITO in Space

Daniela DePaulis, IAA SETI Permanent Committee

9:30 AM - 9:50 AM

10:05 AM

Mode & tempo of evolution of life on earth and possibly elsewhere

Nathalie Gontier, University of Lisbon

10:05 AM - 10:25 AM

10:25 AM

Universality in/of Evolution

Carlos Mariscal, University of Nevada, Reno

10:25 AM - 10:45 AM

10:45 AM

Beyond Metabolism and Genetics

John Malloy, Arizona State University

10:45 AM - 11:05 AM

11:20 AM

An Astroethics of Responsibility and Care

Ted Peters, Graduate Theological Union

11:20 AM - 11:40 AM

11:40 AM

Finitude as the Lingua Cosmica of the Universe

Jason Howard, Viterbo University

11:40 AM - 12:00 PM

12:00 PM

Agriculture, permaculture and terraforming

Flora Dutra, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul

12:00 PM - 12:20 PM

12:20 PM

Some Things are Simply Given

Brig Klyce, Astrobiology Research Trust

12:20 PM - 12:40 PM