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Klara Anna Capova

Klara Anna Capova
Space & Society Studies

PhD

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Introduction
Socio-cultural anthropologist working in science & technology studies, main interest in space and society. My work to date deals with the anthropological question in contemporary socioeconomic context: what does it mean to be human in the space age? This involves the study of how different cultures - namely cultures of science and scientific cultures - define ‘life’ and its environment. From the correlation between the idea of alien life, patterns of human action and transformations of human relations to outer space as well as their planet, throughout my work I follow the changing concepts of contemporary world-view, shaped by the discoveries of science.
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April 2019 - September 2020
European Space Agency
Position
  • Fellow
Description
  • Working on the development of a systematic approach for defining, delivering and monitoring expected benefits from the European space exploration on society at large. These benefits address the scientific, economic, political and public dimension of space exploration and their relevance for the Sustainable Development Goals 2030.
April 2017 - June 2017
Lund University
Position
  • Fellow
August 2013 - March 2015
Durham University
Position
  • Research Associate

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Publications (43)
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This dissertation presents the cultural study of scientific search for extraterrestrial life conducted over the past sixty years by the scientific community. It introduces an original piece of research that conceptualises the extraterrestrial life hypothesis as a significant part of the general world-view, constantly shaped by the work and discover...
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The theme of this work is the Voyager message that the U.S. National Aeronautics Space Administration (NASA) sent to the universe in 1977 on interstellar probes Voyager I and Voyager II. Voyager message consists of a phonograph record - called Golden Record - that carries a message for extraterrestrial civilization. The work provides the basic over...
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This chapter offers a sociocultural perspective on the scientific search for life beyond Earth. It sheds light on the ways in which alien life is imagined and theorized in order to assess the possible societal response to the detection of other life. This chapter is based on the findings of research conducted over two years in the UK, which concept...
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Managing the electricity network through ‘smart grid’ systems is a key strategy to address challenges of energy security, low carbon transitions and the replacement of ageing infrastructure networks in the UK. Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) have a significant role in shaping patterns of energy consumption. Understanding how their activities in...
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Mars exploration motivates the search for extraterrestrial life, the development of space technologies, and the design of human missions and habitations. Here, we seek new insights and pose unresolved questions relating to the natural history of Mars, habitability, robotic and human exploration, planetary protection, and the impacts on human societ...
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Mars exploration motivates the search for extraterrestrial life, the development of space technologies, and the design of human missions and habitations. Here, we seek new insights and pose unresolved questions relating to the natural history of Mars, habitability, robotic and human exploration, planetary protection, and the impacts on human societ...
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Mars exploration motivates the search for extraterrestrial life, the development of space technologies, and the design of human missions and habitations. Here we seek new insights and pose unresolved questions relating to the natural history of Mars, habitability, robotic and human exploration, planetary protection, and the impacts on human society...
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This article gives a brief overview of how human life is represented on the 1972 Pioneer 10 and 1973 Pioneer 11 plaques and on the 1977 Voyager 1 and 2 Golden Records, sent on their journeys to deep space by the U.S. National Aeronautics Space Administration (NASA). Having left the boundaries of the Solar System and moving through interstellar spac...
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As we look beyond our terrestrial boundary to a multi-planetary future for humankind, it becomes paramount to anticipate the challenges of various human factors on the most likely scenario for this future: permanent human settlement of Mars. Even if technical hurdles are circumvented to provide adequate resources for basic physiological and psychol...
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The project “A Plurality of Lives” was funded and hosted by the Pufendorf Institute for Advanced Studies at Lund University, Sweden. The aim of the project was to better understand how a second origin of life, either in the form of a discovery of extraterrestrial life, life developed in a laboratory, or machines equipped with abilities previously o...
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The start of the century marked the beginning of a new era of scientific goals and technological achievements in space technologies, together with the new visions of space exploration ambitions. The enterprising plans of space travels and creation of first human settlement on Mars are frequently presented as the next proverbial giant leap for human...
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A manned mission to Mars is faced with challenges and topics that may not be obvious but of great importance and challenging for such a mission. This is the first book that collects contributions from scholars in various fields, from astronomy and medicine, to theology and philosophy, addressing such topics. The discussion goes beyond medical and t...
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The aim of this study is to increase our understanding of the attitudes towards the scientific search for extraterrestrial life among high school and university students in Sweden. The most important results of the analysis are that: (a) the great majority of students believe that extraterrestrial life exists; (b) most students regard searching for...
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This White Paper describes the state of astrobiology in Europe today and its relation to the European society at large. With contributions from authors in twenty countries and over thirty scientific institutions worldwide, the document illustrates the societal implications of astrobiology and the positive contribution that astrobiology can make to...
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Technological innovation is partly a result of high-end research. Such research is the outcome of merged efforts between scientists coming from theoretical, experimental, and engineering disciplines when they aim to answer significant open questions. Sometimes, the direct goal is the provision of new services or products, very often with a commerci...
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There is only, as we know it, one planet with life—our own Earth. However, current research in astrobiology searches for a second sample of a living world. Astrobiology, which concerns the origin, evolution, and future of life here on Earth and beyond, has become a rapidly expanding research field during the last two decades. European researchers a...
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Astrobiology is one of the new multidisciplinary research fields of the 21st Century requiring collaborations across the physical sciences—astronomers, chemists, geologists, physicists—as well as people from the biosciences and, as discussed in this chapter, the humanities and social sciences. Astrobiology has a along and distinguished history in E...
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As well as impinging upon issues of law and governance, astrobiology is also bound up with questions concerning who we are and where we come from, worldview questions of a more existential and philosophical sort. The questions that it seeks to tackle have, for centuries, been central to the humanities and to social science disciplines.
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As well as impinging upon issues of law and governance, astrobiology is also bound up with questions concerning who we are and where we come from, worldview questions of a more existential and philosophical sort. The questions that it seeks to tackle have, for centuries, been central to the humanities and to social science disciplines.
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This White Paper describes the state of Astrobiology in Europe today and its relation to European society at large. With contributions from authors in twenty countries and over thirty scientific institutions worldwide, the document illustrates the societal implications of astrobiology and the positive contribution that astrobiology can make to Euro...
Technical Report
Čápová, Klara Anna; Persson, Erik (2018) “The Contribution of Humanities and Social Sciences to EU Astrobiology” In Čápová, K.A.; Persson, E. (eds.) (2018) Astrobiology and Society in Europe Today – The White Paper on the societal implications of astrobiology research in Europe and the need for a European Astrobiology Institute COST Action TD1308:...
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Persson, Erik; Čápová, Klara Anna (2018) “Potential Conflicts of Interest” In Čápová, K.A.; Persson, E. (eds.) (2018) Astrobiology and Society in Europe Today – The White Paper on the societal implications of astrobiology research in Europe and the need for a European Astrobiology Institute COST Action TD1308: Origins and Evolution of Life on Earth...
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This chapter gives a brief overview of representations of human life on the 1972 Pioneer Plaque and the 1977 Voyager Golden Record, that the U.S. National Aeronautics Space Administration (NASA) sent to interstellar space. These spacecrafts carry messages informing about life on Earth. What information was included? How were humans introduced? What...
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The poster presents’ recent work of Working Group 5 Philosophy and History of Science, is a Trans-Domain European COST Action Life-ORIGINS TD1308 and introduces the latest draft of the White Paper on societal implications of astrobiology research in European context, ‘Astrobiology and Society in Europe Today.’ The poster provides overview of sectio...
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The poster presents results of a recent study looking into the attitudes towards the scientific search for extra-terrestrial life among high school and university students in Sweden. The analysis has revealed that (a) the great majority of students believe that extra-terrestrial life exists; (b) most students regard searching for extra-terrestrial...
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The “eTimeTrek” proposal describes a new approach to promote general science education in schools, and in society, by merging the natural sciences with the latest developments in information technology, using a bit of a philosophical and artistic touch to make them highly attractive to all audiences. All the materials will be based on the “Long sto...
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Traditional scientific disciplines have significantly evolved in depth and in broadness in a significant degree, such that overlap causes an overload of information, challenges communication, and bottlenecks assimilation of scientific results and theories. On the other hand, merging well-established disciplines increases “enthalpy” bringing forward...
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At the beginning of the 21st century we witness considerable global developments in space exploration and a new era has begun: the New Space Age. The principal symbols of that age are firstly internationalization of space activities, secondly commercial utilization of space technologies, and lastly emergence of outer space economy. This paper prese...
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Managing the electricity network through 'smart grid' systems is a key strategy to address challenges of energy security, low carbon transitions and the replacement of ageing infrastructure networks in the UK. Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) have a significant role in shaping patterns of energy consumption. Understanding how their activities in...
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The talk present recent work and outcome of WG5 Philosophy and History of Science (Life-ORIGINS (TD1308) and will introduce the latest draft of the White Paper on ethical, societal and political consequences of astrobiology research, that also an important document for the establishment of European Astrobiology Institute and its relation to the gen...
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This summary presents the key messages from the final analysis of the domestic heat pump group (test cell 3) in the Customer-Led Network Revolution monitoring trials. It presents outputs from the largest study of household electricity use in the UK and provides integrated socio-technical analysis of domestic customer loads and electrical consumptio...
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This report describes the CLNR trial which examined electric vehicles usage patterns and expected network loading in the event of large-scale take-up of electric vehicles. The trial involved domestic customers who owned an electric vehicle and had access to a home charger, analysis being carried out by Durham University’s CLNR project engineering a...
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Our paper investigates household practices that use electricity, their relation to systems of provision and the enactment of domestic sociality. The results of this research conducted in the UK shed light on puzzling variations in electricity consumption across households posed by previous research. We argue for the need to attend to how household...
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Feb 2014 Durham Anthropology Postgraduate Conference The poster introduces the science in search for life beyond earth as a case study of scientific practice. A brief theoretical introduction to anthropology of science is followed by commented visual ethnographic evidence. The poster aims to highlight the dynamics and evolution of this scientific...
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The Detection of Extraterrestrial Life - Are We Ready? The paper offers a novel perspective on the scientific search for life beyond Earth, based on the ‘outsiders’ point of view approach that anthropology of sciences has proposed. It sheds light on the ways in which alien life is imagined and theorised in order to assess the possible reaction of s...
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The life and work of Czech positivist philosopher Albina Dratvova. Práce pojednává o doc. PhDr. Albíně Dratvové (1892-1969), soukromé docentce filosofie přírodních věd působící na Přírodovědecké fakultě Univerzity Karlovy v Praze. Obsahuje životopisnou část, dále předkládá čtenáři kompletní přehled díla s přihlédnutím k pedagogickému působení Albí...

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Projects (12)
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To contribute to a systematic approach for defining, delivering and monitoring expected benefits from space exploration to the broader society. These benefits address the scientific, economic, political and public dimension of space exploration. Directorate of Human & Robotic Exploration Programmes, Strategy and Innovation Team at ESA/ESTEC
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The study of cryopreservation techniques and their role in the redefining of human life experience and envisioning human future.
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The study of cryopreservation techniques and their role in the redefining of human life experience and envisioning human future.