UK scientists are attempting to make a more concerted effort in researching extraterrestrial life. Academics in a number of British institutions have banded together to form the UK SETI Research Network.
The initiative is young; the (esteemed) involved academics admit they´re just now "turning our informal grouping into a proper ´network.´".
The English Astronomer Royal, Sir Martin Rees, will act as patron. The group is asking funding agencies for money to support listening time on radio telescopes and for data analysis. It would also help pay for research that considered new ways to try to find aliens.
The research will involve listening over high-powered radio telescopes for possible hints of alien life and developing new strategies that will be employed in the hunt for life elsewhere.