Douglas Vakoch

METI International
Alien Life

Douglas Vakoch, Ph.D., is President of METI International, a nonprofit research and educational organization dedicated to innovative programs in Messaging Extraterrestrial Intelligence (METI), the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI), and astrobiology. Prior to founding METI International, for sixteen years Dr. Vakoch worked at the SETI Institute, where he was Director of Interstellar Message Composition.

He is the editor of a dozen books, including Communication with Extraterrestrial Intelligence (2011), Psychology of Space Exploration (2011), Feminist Ecocriticism (2012), Astrobiology, History, and Society (2013), Archaeology, Anthropology, and Interstellar Communication (2014), Extraterrestrial Altruism (2014), and (with Matthew F. Dowd) The Drake Equation: Estimating the Prevalence of Extraterrestrial Life through the Ages (2015).

Dr. Vakoch serves as general editor of Springer’s Space and Society series, as well as Lexington Books’ Ecocritical Theory and Practice series. His work has been featured in such publications as the New York Times, Nature, Science, and Der Spiegel, and he has been interviewed on radio and television shows on the BBC, NPR, ABC, The Science Channel, The Discovery Channel, and many others. In addition to his work in METI and SETI, he is Professor in the Department of Clinical Psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies.


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My Sessions

How to Talk to Aliens

Maker Stage

For over a half century, scientists involved in the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) have sought radio signals from civilizations in other star systems. But rather than just listening like SETI, it’s now time for humanity to transmit powerful, intentional signals to other worlds, launching an ambitious project in Messaging Extraterrestrial Intelligence (METI). We’ll discuss […]