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Douglas Vakoch Speaker Profile

President of Messaging Extraterrestrial Intelligence
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Douglas Vakoch Biography

As a scientist searching for life in the universe and working to preserve
civilization on Planet Earth, Dr. Douglas Vakoch travels between the inner space
of the psyche and the outer space of the cosmos. As a leading researcher in both astrobiology and psychology, he provides unique insights into the human
significance of the age-old question, “Are we alone?”

After sixteen years as part of Silicon Valley’s SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial
Intelligence), he broke away to create METI, a research organization whose
namesake activity is Messaging Extraterrestrial Intelligence—the controversial
project to send powerful, intentional radio signals to nearby stars, in the hope of
provoking a response. The New Yorker magazine calls him “The Man Who
Speaks for Earth.” In 2017 he led METI’s radio transmission to a nearby star from
the European Incoherent Scatter Scientific Association (EISCAT) antenna in
Tromsø, Norway, and he eagerly awaits 2042—the first year that humanity could
receive a reply.

Dr. Vakoch is an elected member of the International Astronomical Union and the International Institute for Space Law, and he received the Leonardo da Vinci Space Art Award “for dedication to the language and codes for broader cosmic reception and communication and their broader cultural meanings.” He has edited fifteen books with such diverse titles as Communication with Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SUNY Press), The Drake Equation: Estimating the Prevalence of Extraterrestrial Life through the Ages (Cambridge University Press), Psychology of Space Exploration (NASA), and Ecopsychology, Phenomenology, and the Environment (Springer). He also serves as editor-in-chief of Springer’s Space and Society book series.

To sustain messaging projects across the generations, Dr. Vakoch explores the
human dimensions of global warming and other threats to the long-term survival of civilizations. He emphasizes the vital importance of engaging with nature—amid our hectic urban lifestyles—to secure a greater sense of serenity and fulfillment. He is the general editor of the book series Ecocritical Theory and
Practice, which has published over sixty books exploring ways that fiction can help us address today’s most critical environmental problems. As a licensed clinical psychologist, Dr. Vakoch understands that the foundation of successful
psychotherapy is providing a safe space where people can be heard, understood, and accepted, with all their concerns—from relationship problems to anxieties about our climate crisis. His clinical work also draws on lessons from astronauts for dealing with stress down here on Earth.

For twelve years Dr. Vakoch taught the next generation of psychotherapists in the clinical psychology doctoral program at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS). He is now professor emeritus at CIIS, as well as CEO of Green
Psychotherapy, PC, a psychological practice in Northern California, with offices in Berkeley, Oakland, and San Francisco. He has been featured in monthly magazines of the American Psychological Association and the British Psychological Society.

Dr. Vakoch frequently appears in film and television documentaries, where he
explores the hunt for life in the cosmos. His expertise includes space exploration, the societal impact of science, and environmental threats to humanity’s long-term survival. His work has been featured in such publications as The New York Times,The Economist, Nature, Science, and WIRED, and he has been interviewed for numerous radio and television broadcasts on networks ranging from the BBC to the Science Channel, with recent segments on PBS’s “NOVA Wonders” and the History Channel’s “In Search Of” with Zachary Quinto. He was featured in the films Calling E.T., which had its American premiere at SXSW, and The Visit, which premiered at Sundance.

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