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Symposium

July 15 – 16, 2019
Milan, Italy

Call for Papers

Life in the Universe 2019:
Big History, SETI and the Future of Humankind

Big History seeks to understand the integrated history of the Cosmos, Earth, Life, and Humanity, using the best available empirical evidence and scholarly methods.  Almost a century ago, scientists gave us a new history of the cosmos by showing that our own galaxy, the Milky Way, was but one of an extraordinary number of other galaxies.  In recent decades, scientists have located thousands of potentially habitable planets in just our own galaxy.  Scientists at SETI are also looking for evidence that there is (intelligent) life beyond Earth.  What does it mean to the big history account when the lines from the Big Bang go not only to the Milky Way, Earth, life on Earth, and humanity, but in many other directions as well?  That is part of what big historians and SETI scientists will be considering in July in the beautiful setting of Milan, Italy. We look for your help in figuring out how ongoing scientific investigations are engaging big history.

Paper or Panel Submissions by July 12, 2019, at 12 midnight U.S. Eastern Time

The deadline to submit abstracts is July 12, 2019.
To submit your abstract, please fill out the form below.
The abstract must stay within ONE A4 PAGE, single spacing. It must contain:
a) Abstract title.
b) Author’s name and surname.
c) Author’s current affiliation, if any.
d) Author’s e-mail.
e) It must be typed in Times New Roman font 12.0, single spacing.
f) All abstracts must be written with Word, and NOT with Latex, so that they may be printed in the
Book of Abstracts to be distributed at the Congress opening.

The International Big History Association (IBHA) defines its purpose as “to promote, support and sponsor the diffusion and improvement of the academic and scholarly knowledge of the scientific field of endeavor commonly known as “Big History” by means of teaching and research and to engage in activities related thereto.”

Article 2 of the IBHA Articles of Incorporation

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Presentation Focus*:
Is your presentation primarily focused on SETI, primarily focused on Big History, or a mix of both?

Presentation Focus (SETI Only):
If your presentation is primarily SETI-oriented, will your presentation focus on radio SETI or optical SETI?