Forthcoming documentary “Earthlings Quest” on SETI/METI



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I am proud to be a Trustee of the recently created METI International–Messaging Extraterrestrial Intelligence.

This forthcoming documentary details the debate between the SETI and METI community…whether we should only be listening to extraterrestrials (SETI), or also actively making efforts to contact them (METI).

My own position in favour of METI is laid out in several interviews that I did for the BBC World Service on the topic (“Reaching for the Stars“; “Is there anybody Out There?“), as well as a Government Department Hotseat interview (“Jill Stuart on METI“).

A Swedish documentary crew has a film (still in production) titled “Earthling’s Quest: Alien Hunters and a Message to the Stars”.

The film is “An unique SETI feature length documentary in the search for aliens parallel with the quest to start broadcasting messages from Earth.

“This is no fiction – this is the human pursuit for extraterrestrial intelligence led by real-life legends from the SETI Institute in California. Eavesdropping on ET has been around for a long time, the search for an alien signal that would change everything. Is it time that we start broadcasting targeted signals as well? If so, are we putting the entire civilization at risk? Prominent scientists think so. In this film you will see the hunt for the alien signal along with METI Internationals quest to start the controversial project of broadcasting messages from Earth.”

There is a kickstarter campaign to help finish the film if you would like to contribute. Or else if you have an interest in SETI and/or METI I hope that you’ll be able to come see the film when it is out.




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Dr Jill Stuart is an academic based at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She is an expert in the politics, ethics and law of outer space exploration and exploitation. She is a frequent presence in the global media (print, radio, television, documentary) and regularly gives lectures around the world. From 2013-2017 she was Editor in Chief of the Elsevier journal Space Policy where she remains on the Editorial Board. She is also on the Board of Advisors of METI International, conducting scientific research into messaging potential extraterrestrial intelligence. She is one of an elite number of people to be endorsed by the UK Home Office as an Exceptional Talent Migrant/ World Leader in her Field. In 2015 she was awarded the prestigious Margaret Mead Award Lecture by the British Science Association in recognition of her cutting edge research. She is trained in both domestic and international mediation and has done consultancy work for the International Criminal Court and the International Court of Justice. She has a sub-specialism in women, peace and security and gender based violence. She is a Trustee of Luton All Women’s Centre.


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