The International Space Orchestra perform with Sigur Rós at the Hollywood Bowl on Sept. 24th

The International Space Orchestra will perform with Sigur Rós at the Hollywood Bowl on Sept. 24th. To celebrate the event the SETI Institute, Icelandic band Sigur Rós and Nelly Ben Hayoun Studios are running a competition to win one of 25 signed patches.

There are three patches in the competition:

  1. 10 x “Sigur Rós, International Space Orchestra” patches, signed by Sigur Rós.
  2. 10 x “SETI INSTITUTE” patches, signed by renowned SETI Institute scientists.
  3. 5 x “Nelly Ben Hayoun Studios, We Can Do It” patches, signed by Nelly Ben Hayoun – Founder of the International Space Orchestra and Head of Experiences at WeTransfer

The competition will have 25 winners drawn randomly, each getting one signed patch. To enter please enter your email address on

That is your chance to win a patch signed by our incredible scientists!

Bill Diamond

Bill the current President and CEO of the SETI Institute; he is a technology executive and Silicon Valley veteran.  He has over 20 years of experience in the photonics and optical communications industry, and a decade in X-ray and semiconductor processing technologies.   His corporate background spans the spectrum from venture-backed start-ups to Fortune 100 multinationals, with responsibilities ranging from engineering and operations to sales, marketing, product management and CEO positions. Most recently, Diamond was Vice President of Sales for Oclaro, Inc. where he led the company’s penetration in optical networking of the rapidly-evolving Web 2.0 Data Center market.

Margaret Race

Margaret is a Senior Research Scientist at the SETI Institute. Her work focuses on the scientific, technical, legal and societal issues of ensuring that missions to the Red Planet and other solar system bodies do not either inadvertently bring terrestrial microbes along, which would complicate our search for indigenous extraterrestrial life, or return any microbes to Earth. Recently, she’s completed a research study into the environmental impact reviews and public communication associated with high-containment biosafety labs – the type that will eventually be used for the quarantine of returned samples from Mars. She’s also actively involved in education and public outreach about astrobiology.

Frank Drake

Frank Donald Drake is an American astronomer and astrophysicist and the Chairman Emeritus of the SETI Institute. He is most notable as one of the pioneers in the search for extraterrestrial intelligence, including the founding of SETI Institute, mounting the first observational attempts at detecting extraterrestrial communications in 1960 in Project Ozma, developing the Drake equation, and as the creator of the Arecibo Message, a digital encoding of an astronomical and biological description of the Earth and its life-forms for transmission into the cosmos. Frank also continues to investigate radio telescope designs that optimize the chances of success for SETI (he proposed the plan used in the design of the Allen Telescope Array, based on some of his work of more than forty years ago.)

Franck Marchis

Dr. Franck Marchis is a Principal Investigator at the Carl Sagan Center of the SETI Institute since July 2007. He joined the institute for a full time position in June 2011 after having a joint appointment with the department of astronomy of the University of California at Berkeley. Over the past 15 years, he has dedicated his research to the study of our solar system using mainly ground-based telescopes equipped with adaptive optics.  He made the first ground-based observations of the volcanoes on the jovian moon Io, using the first Adaptive Optics systems available on the European Southern Observatory 3.6m telescope at Chile’s La Silla Observatory. More recently Franck has been also involved in the definition of new generation of AOs for 8 -10 m class telescopes and future Extremely Large Telescopes.

Nathalie Cabrol

Nathalie has been a Principal Investigator (PI) at the SETI Institute since 1998. She leads projects in planetary science and astrobiology, develops science exploration strategies for Mars, Titan, and the Outer Solar System icy moons, and designs robotic field experiments. She explores high altitude lakes in the Andes where environmental conditions are analogous to early Mars. With her team, she documents life’s adaptation to extreme environments, the effect of rapid climate change on lake ecosystems and habitats, its geobiological signatures, and relevance to planetary exploration. Since January 2015, she is the PI of the SETI Institute NASA Astrobiology Institute team that seeks to understand the impact of rapid environmental change on habitability and biosignature potential on Mars.

Seth Shostak

Seth is a Senior Astronomer at the SETI Institute and heads up the International Academy of Astronautics’ SETI Permanent Committee. Seth is keen on outreach activities: interesting the public – and especially young people – in science in general, and astrobiology in particular. He’s co-authored a college textbook on astrobiology, and has written three trade books on SETI. In addition, he’s published more than 400 popular articles on science -- including regular contributions to both the Huffington Post and Discover Magazine blogs -- gives many dozens of talks annually, and is the host of the SETI Institute’s weekly science radio show, “Big Picture Science.” As a result of this he was the 2004 winner of the Klumpke-Roberts Award awarded by the Astronomical Society of the Pacific in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the public understanding and appreciation of astronomy.  In 2010, he was elected as a Fellow of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry and is the Chair of the International Academy of Astronautics SETI Permanent Study Group.