Societal impacts of research on extraterrestrial life and studies on the origin of life



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Summary:

Understanding how life has emerged on Earth and searching for life elsewhere in the Universe are amongst the major challenges of modern science. For centuries, philosophers and thinkers could only dream of answering these questions, which can now be tackled scientifically, with tremendous societal and philosophical impacts.

During this workshop we want to cross the views on these impacts by bringing together scientists, sociologists, philosophers, media specialists, journalists, managers of scientific cultural centers, authors of fiction works, etc. The focus of the debate will be to assess how the understanding of our earliest origins and the possible discovery of extraterrestrial life would influence our thoughts.

Detailed programme:

Wednesday 5 June
8:30am - 10am Origin of life and search for extraterrestrial life / state of knowledge - part 1
Chairman: Olivier Bastien

8:30 - 8:40 Welcome
- Xavier Delfosse, Astronomer - IPAG, Univ. Grenoble Alpes

8:40 - 9:20 Review of theories on the origin of life on Earth (provisional title)
- Juan-Carlos Fontecilla, Cea Researcher - IBS, Univ. Grenoble Alpes

9:20 - 10:00 Are there green critters on Mars?
- Alexandre Simionovici, UGA Researcher - ISTerre, Univ. Grenoble Alpes
10am - 10:30am Coffee break
10:30am - 12:30pm Origin of life  and search for extraterrestrial life / state of knowledge - part 2
Chairman: Olivier Bastien

10:30 - 11:05 What can we learn from future space missions about the habitability of icy moons ?
- Véronique Vuitton, CNRS Researcher - IPAG, Univ. Grenoble Alpes

11:05 - 11:40 Habitability of extra-solar planets and the ability to search for life
- Xavier Delfosse, Astronomer - IPAG, Univ. Grenoble Alpes

11:40 - 12:30 Exploration? exploitation? and colonization?
- Michel Viso - CNES

12:30pm - 2pm Lunch
2pm - 4pm Societal implications of the discovery of extraterrestrial life and origins / Could there be consequences on our collective psyche? - part 1 
Chairwoman: Catherine Gauthier

2:00 -  3:00 Who's there? When the extraterrestrial issue challenges our certainties about the world and about ourselves
- Jacques Arnould - CNES

3:00 - 4:00 Panel Discussion: Announce the discovery of extraterrestrial life to the "general public"
Chairwoman: Catherine Gauthier, Curator of Scientific and Natural Heritage and Associate Professor of Conference - Université Grenoble Alpes
Panelists: Olivier Bastien, Jacques Arnould, Michel Viso and other to be confirmed
Thursday 6 June
10:30am - 12:30pm Societal implications of the discovery of extraterrestrial life and origins / Could there be consequences on our collective psyche? - part 2
Chairman: Xavier Delfosse

10:30 - 11:30 the point of view of François-Xavier de Peretti, Philosopher - Aix-Marseille University (provisional title)

11:30 - 12:30 The point of view of David Morrin Ullman, Sociologist - Nice (provisional title)
12:30pm - 2pm Lunch
2pm - 4pm Circulation of information
Chairman: Philippe Delorme

2:00 -2:45 The origins of life and extraterrestrial life in pictures: from television to youtube (1959 - 2018)
- Guylaine Guéraud-Pinet - GRESEC, Univ. Grenoble Alpes
- Benoît Lafon, Full Professor of Communication Sciences and Deputy Director of GRESEC - Univ. Grenoble Alpes


2:45 - 3:15 Exobiology on the front page (the post-2000 magazine press)
- Benoît Lafon, Full Professor of Communication Sciences and Deputy Director of GRESEC - Univ. Grenoble Alpes

- Robin Gaillard, Student - GRESEC, Univ. Grenoble Alpes

3:15 - 4:00 How television news tells us about extraterrestrial  life (from the 60s to today)
- Jean-Stéphane Carnel - GRESEC, Univ. Grenoble Alpes
4pm - 4:30pm Coffee break
4:30pm - 6pm Panel Discussion: Extraterrestrial life and its stories: what is the relationship between science, the media and the imaginary?
Chairman: Benoît Lafon

Panelists:
- Fréderic Llop, Journalist at France3 Rhône-Alpes and science fiction writer
- David Fossé,
Deputy Editor-in-Chief of Ciel & Espace
- Etienne Ledolley, Youtuber - "Le Sense Of Wonder"
- Cédric Simon, Comic author at Glénat
- Eric Stalner,
Comic author at Glénat
- and other to be confirmed

Main speakers:

Juan C. Fontecilla-CampsJuan C. Fontecilla-Camps

Masters Degree in Biochemistry : 1974 Universidad de Concepcion, Chile
Ph.D. in Protein Crystallography. : 1979 University of Alabama in Birmingham, USA
Chargé (1982-1986) and Directeur de Recherches (1987-1990) CNRS-Marseilles (Laboratory Director)
Research Director (from 1991) (Cadre Supérieur, 2004) CEA. Head of laboratory Inst. Biol. Struct. 1991-2015.
David FosséDavid Fossé
Deputy Editor-in-Chief of Ciel & Espace

David Fossé is Deputy Editor-in-Chief of Ciel & Espace. He has a PhD in Astrophysics from the Université Pierre-et-Marie-Curie (now Sorbonne Université). Passionate about science and science popularization, he recently published "Exoplanètes" (Belin, 2018) with the science-fiction illustrator Manchu. You can follow him on Twitter (@D_FOSSE).
Guylaine-Gueraud-PinetGuylaine Guéraud-Pinet

Guylaine Gueraud-Pinet has a PhD in Information and Communication Sciences from the Université Grenoble Alpes. As a member of the GRESEC (Groupe de Recherche sur les Enjeux de la Communication), she wrote her dissertation on the relationship between music and the media industries, television in particular, adopting a socio-economic and semiotic cross-perspective.
B. LafonBenoit Lafon
Full Professor of Communication Sciences and Deputy Director of GRESEC (Research Group on Communication Issues) - Université Grenoble Alpes

Benoit Lafon is Full Professor of Communication Sciences at the Grenoble-Alpes University, at the Communication and Media Institute. Deputy Director of GRESEC (Research Group on Communication Issues), his work focuses on the media and mediatization, from a socio-political, socio-economic and socio-historical perspective. He is responsible for the scientific axis 1 of GRESEC: "Industrialisation of culture, information and communication". website: http://benoit.lafon.free.fr
Frédéric-LLOPFrédéric Llop
Journalist - France3 Rhône-Alpes

Journalist at France3 Rhône-Alpes, specialized in science, technology and health reporting. Editor, JRI-cameraman, presenter and editor of the regional network of France3 for 23 years.
Winner of the 2014 “Trophée Signatures Santé” (Health Signatures Trophy) and of the “PMDP” (Media Prize for Medical Devices) in 2015. Frédéric is passionate about anticipation literature and fan of authors like Isaac Asimov and Franck Herbert. He is also the author of a science fiction novel "Génération Alphane" published by Cap Béar Editions.
Alexandre SimionoviciAlexandre Simionovici
UGA Researcher - ISTerre, Univ. Grenoble Alpes

Master of Sciences in Nuclear Physics, 1982 - University of Bucharest, Romania
Ph.D. in Atomic Physics, 1989 - University of Paris XI - Orsay & Institut Curie - Paris
Chargé de Recherches (1989-2006) CNRS, LAGRIPPA Laboratory, CEA Grenoble
Professor of Earth & Planetary Physics, 2006, Grenoble Alpes University
Member of the Institut Universitaire de France, 2018
Michel VisoMichel Viso
Astrobiology Manager - CNES

Doctor in veterinary medicine, after working with cattle then  joining the veterinary school as assistant professor, Michel viso, was selected as a French astronaut in 1985. He worked on a French-US program to fly rhesus monkeys onboard the space shuttle. He was supposed to fly with the monkeys! The program was canceled in 1993 by NASA and his chances to fly vanished. As a specialist of biology and animal physiology he was involved in the design and the operations of several tens of flight experiments, flown on board manned or automated spacecraft, with bacteria, amphibians, plants, rodents… Now, program manager for astrobiology, exoplanets and planetary protection, his playground extended to the Milky Way!
VuittonVéronique Vuitton
CNRS Researcher - IPAG, Univ. Grenoble Alpes

Véronique Vuitton obtained a Ph.D. in Atmospheric Sciences from the University of Paris-Val-de-Marne.  Her scientific fields of interest are related to planetary sciences & astrobiology. Her work focuses on the formation and evolution of complex organic matter in the solar system.