Ivan Almar holds a senior position in Budapest at the Konkoly Observatory of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. He served as co-chair of the IAA SETI Committee (now called the IAA SETI Permanent Study Group) from 1984 to 2000. He is also chair of the IAA Committee on Multilingual Terminology, and a member of the executive committee of the International Astronomical Union’s Commission 51 (Bioastronomy). In Hungary, he serves as president of the Hungarian Space Research Council and honorary president of the Hungarian Astronautical Society. He is a member of the International Academy of Astronautics and the New York Academy of Sciences.
Ivan is co-developer of the Rio Scale, used to quantify the impact of any public announcement regarding evidence of extraterrestrial intelligence. He is also author of the San Marino Scale, adopted in 2007 by the IAA SETI Permanent Study Group to quantify the potential impact of employing electromagnetic communications technology to announce Earth’s presence to our cosmic companions, or to reply to a successful SETI detection. Ivan has written numerous SETI-related articles for Acta Astronautica and other scholarly journals. Dr. Almar was selected to deliver the 2008 Billingham Cutting-Edge Lecture at the International Astronautical Congress in Glasgow, Scotland.