Forty-six science superstars will gather in Trondheim this 18-23 June for the Starmus Festival, a one-of-a-kind event that mixes cool science seminars with red-hot concerts.
In addition to presentations by physicist and mathematician Stephen Hawking, 10 astronauts, three of whom have walked on the moon, will participate in the festival. Buzz Aldrin was the second person to set foot on the Moon. In Trondheim he and fellow moonwalkers Charlie Duke and Harrison Schmitt will talk about their lunar adventures, and share their views on future missions to Mars.
Hawking is particularly known for his work on black holes, and his efforts to link general relativity and quantum mechanics.
“Starmus is an important and very unique interdisciplinary festival of people working in different fields — astronomers, astronauts, cosmologists, physicists, philosophers, musicians, artists, and biologists who share an interest in the universe, how it began and is now, and how we may explore and use its many facets,” Hawking said in a statement from the Starmus organizers.
The festival will also feature 10 Nobel Laureates, including Norway’s own Edvard and May-Britt Moser from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, NTNU. May-Britt Moser will hold a lecture on brain research, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease along with a new specially written musical composition performed by the Trondheim Soloists, an award-winning musical group. You can read more about her presentation, called “Into Whiteness” here.
“I try to be a serious neuro-entertainer so everyone can learn about what happens in the brain, and what happens when people lose their memory. This time, I’ll use music and video to tell this story,” she said.
Three previous Starmus Festivals have been held in Spain. Now the festival has moved to Scandinavia and Norway’s technology capital Trondheim, with NTNU as the festival’s host.
Among the other presenters are economics professors Finn Kydland and Christopher Pissarides, and the Swedish neurophysiologist Torsten Wiesel. The film director Oliver Stone, known from his movies such as Natural Born Killers and Platoon, will also participate in a debate with the American broadcaster Larry King, known from CNN.
Physicist Brian Cox, host of the popular series “Wonders of the Universe” at the BBC has also joined the roster, along with Jaan Tallinn, Paul D. N. Hebert, Eugene Kaspersky, science journalist Alexandra Witze, Jeffrey Sachs, astronaut Christer Fuglesang, Nancy Knowlton, Nick Lane, Anthony Giddens, Sue Bailey, John Delaney and astronauts Sergey and Alexander Volkov, who are father and son. See the full list of speakers here.
Tickets for the festival are available for purchase on line.