See Us at San Diego Comic-Con!

July 18–21, 2019


Heading to San Diego Comic-Con this year? We'll be there! 

The Year in Space and Beyond (Sat., 7/20, at 8pm)
 
 
Reviewing the incredible year of discoveries, advances, and milestones that include The EHT black hole image, more super massive black holes and exoplanets confirmed, gravity waves (what are they?), evidence of quantum entanglement, private space flight milestones, the ISS "Organoids" mission (micro brains in space), and the results of the "space twin" study. Moderated by Stuart Volkow, project manager for the Ax Center for Experimental Cosmology (ACEC) at UCSD. Featuring some of the leading scientists in the cosmology world, including Brian Keating (director of the Simons Observatory, the world's most ambitious, and most sensitive instrument ever designed to study the origins of the universe), Andrew Friedman (astronomer and cosmologist), Shelley Wright (experimental and observational astrophysicist), and Greg Chamitoff (former NASA astronaut and professor at Texas A&M and the University of Sydney). This panel is on Saturday, July 20, at 8pm at Room 25ABC.
 
San Diego 2049 (Sun., 7/21, at 2pm)
 

San Diego 2049, the yearlong worldbuilding program organized by the Clarke Center and the School of Global Policy and Strategy at UC San Diego, will be presenting a panel on how to imagine the future of the border region. Panelists include Shelley Streeby (professor, Clarion Workshop director, and author, Imagining the Future of Climate Change: World-Making through Science Fiction and Activism), Patrick Coleman (assistant director, Clarke Center), members of SD2049 teams presenting on their projects -- Tyler Farnan, Courtney Geigle, Nathan Vieland, Jeanelle Horcasitas, Olivia Quintanilla, and Nima Rassooli -- and special guest: celebrated science fiction writer and science journalist Annalee Newitz (Autonomous). The panel is on Sunday, July 21, at 2pm at the Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library. Join us!
 
The League of Extraordinary Scientists and Engineers (Sun., 7/21, 3pm)
 
Writers, directors, sci-fi fans and kids: Get ready to ask your questions about the real science in your fiction! Jeane Wong (founder and educator, LXS) is obsessed with science and has a solid origin with superheroes and teaching young minds about discovering those same powers in the real world-from tiny insects to deep ocean creatures to robots, rockets, and beyond! Hear from Jeane along with her LXS panelists Dr. Tom Darlington (chief scientist, NanoComposix), Ben Frable (marine biologist, Scripps Institution of Oceanography), Dr. Sunny Fugate (technical director for cyber warfare, Naval Information Warfare Center), Dr. Nicholas Galitzki (friend of the Clarke Center and edge of the universe explorer/cosmologist, Simons Observatory), Joe Hanson (science writer/host, It's Ok to Be Smart, from PBS), Molly Matty, Ph.D. (Dr. DNA, Salk Institute for Biological Studies), Jasmine L. Sadler (rocket scientist and CEO, The STEAM Collaborative), and Angela Zoumplis (extremophile explorer, Scripps Institute of Oceanography). They will discuss how comics and science fiction push scientists and engineers to rocket past what we know is possible at any given moment and into an otherwise unimaginable future! This panel is on Sunday, July 21, at 3pm at Grant 12 & 13, Grand Mariott Marquis.
 
Pop-Up Planetarium!
 
And don't miss Professor Shelley Wright  (astrophysicist, galaxy and black hole expert, and SETI researcher and instrumentalist) and our friends from the Center for Astrophysics and Space Sciences at Future Tech Live (a SDCC off-site), where they'll have a pop-up planetarium!