A group of British scientific researchers want to invest a substantial amount of money spying on the universe for alien lifeforms. They want to become super snoopers and 11 universities throughout Britain want to help do the secretive monitoring - a sort of Bletchley Park for aliens. Who knows; they might find secret Nazis on the dark side of the moon.
The group of collective researchers for Extraterrestrial life feel certain they can blow the myth of aliens out of the water with positive results in a few years. They might open Pandora's box and let these aliens know we are here. What if humans are a delicacy for a group of obsessive self indulgent aliens and they look upon us as very tasty sheep or chickens?
On a more serious note, I think it would be something we need to know, but perhaps we should be a tad cautious about gate crashing some alien party. It might be best to let them not know we are watching them; if we have the ability to do so.