Starmus Festival's star-studded lineup for 2019 announced

Posted by Jake Parks
on Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Seven Apollo astronauts, 12 Nobel Prize winners, 20 space explorers, Michael Collins, Alexei Leonov, Brian May, Brian Eno, Richard Dawkins, Jill Tarter, Chris Hadfield, Martin Rees, and Alan Stern head an all-star cast at Starmus V. by Dave Eicher

A unique mash-up of science and art, Starmus is an event that should not be missed. Though Starmus III (shown above) took place in Tenerife & La Palma, Canary Islands, Spain, this year's event (Starmus V) will take place in Zurich, Switzerland.

I’m delighted to say that I’ll be at the fifth Starmus Festival as a speaker and participant June 24–29, 2019, in Zurich, Switzerland. I heartily encourage you to attend, as there’s nothing else in the world like this science festival, and this edition marks a very special 50th anniversary of the first Moon landing and the Apollo program.

Leave it to the genius Garik Israelian, the founder and director of Starmus, to assemble a better and better program with each iteration.

This coming Starmus will feature no fewer than seven Apollo astronauts — Michael Collins, Charlie Duke, Harrison Schmitt, James McDivitt, Russell Schweickart, Walter Cunningham, and Alfred Worden. Moreover, Gerald Griffin, Flight Director of the Apollo program, will speak.

The superstar guests featured in talks and panel discussions — and in some music too — include some of the most brilliant scientists and artists on the planet. Featured will be Alexei Leonov, Jill Tarter, Brian May, Brian Eno, Richard Dawkins, Martin Rees, and Alan Stern.

Altogether, 20 astronaut-explorers will be speaking, and will also include Tim Peake, Helen Sharman, Chris Hadfield, Nicole Stott, Claude Nicollier, Jean-Francois Clervoy, Gennady Padalka, Sergei Krikalev, Garrett Reisman, Sandra Magnus, Samantha Cristoforetti, and Yuri Baturin.

Twelve Nobel Prize winners will present lectures. They are May-Britt Moser, Edvard Moser, Linda Buck, Samuel Ting, Kip Thorne, George Smoot, Robert Wilson, Adam Riess, Elizabeth Blackburn, Barry Barish, Eric Betzig, and Brian Schmidt.

In addition, many other prominent scientists such as Robert Williams, Emmanuelle Charpentier, and Tabetha Boyajian will be present, along with such personalities as Bill Nye, Emily Lakdawalla, and yes — me.

I encourage you to travel to Starmus V. It will be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to hear and mingle with these great minds, and you will come away from the experience a different person on this great planet of ours. 

Astronomy Magazine is a proud sponsor of Starmus and I am privileged to serve on the Board of Directors of the festival.

Tickets will go on sale on January 23, 2019, and will be available on the Starmus website. For more, see starmus.com.

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