Douglas Vakoch - Can we speak alien?
Dr Douglas Vakoch is President of METI, a nonprofit research and educational organisation dedicated to transmitting intentional signals to nearby stars. He is an elected member of the International Institute for Space Law, and he serves as chair of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) Study Group on Active SETI: Scientific, Technical, Societal, and Legal Dimensions. Prior to founding METI, for 16 years Vakoch worked at the SETI Institute, where he was Director of Interstellar Message Composition. He is the editor of over a dozen books, including Communication with Extraterrestrial Intelligence (2011). His work has been featured in such publications as the New York Times, Nature, Science, and Der Spiegel, and broadcast media.