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When will we REALLY find extraterrestrial life? an exercise in expectation management

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Date 30 January 2020
Time 12:00 - 13:00
Lucas Ellerbroek

In public media, every single exoplanet detection since 1995 was accompanied by the mother of all follow-up questions: when will we find extraterrestrial life?

While scientists usually strive to give a conservative answer to this question, even their nuanced statements tend to be quite optimistic. Especially when they are compared to data, budgets and educated guesses. In this talk, I will give my (hopefully) sobering view on the probability of finding life outside our planet. I intend to conclude on a positive note, so please stay until the end credits!