The 2021 Assembly of the Order of the Octopus is a virtual conference for early-career researchers who work in, or would like to begin working in, the field of the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI), also known as the search for technosignatures. The field experienced a dearth of funding from the 1990s into the early 2000s, but the rise of astrobiology and exoplanetary astronomy, as well as an influx of private funding, have renewed interest in the last five years or so.
We are holding this conference to provide networking and community-building for early-career folks in SETI. We hope that it will provide a venue for participants to present talks and posters, perhaps even their first talks and posters, in a safe and supportive environment.
In designing the program for this conference, we are also striving to incorporate principles of inclusivity and interdisciplinarity, and to instill these values into the community from the ground up.
We also know that many undergraduate students, especially those from smaller colleges and community colleges, may not have had the opportunity to participate in SETI, even though they are very interested in doing so. We hope to provide resources and broadcast opportunities for those looking to engage with the field for the first time.
This conference is being hosted by the Penn State Extraterrestrial Intelligence Center (PSETI Center). We hope that this will be a wonderful event with which to introduce the PSETI center to the larger technosignatures community!
Posters and talks presented during the 2021 Assembly of the Order of the Octopus are eligible to be included within this community.