Astronaut in outer space. Elements of this image furnished by NASA
"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,” says Stephen Hawking, who will give several lectures at the festival.

Eleven Nobel Prize winners, Buzz Aldrin and Oliver Stone come to Starmus Festival in Trondheim

Forty-six science superstars will gather in Trondheim this 18-23 June for the Starmus Science Festival, a one-of-a-kind event that mixes cool science seminars with red-hot concerts.

Physicist and mathematician Stephen Hawking, 11 astronauts, three of whom are moonwalkers, economist Jeffrey Sachs, filmmaker Oliver Stone and more will feature in the one-of-a-kind Starmus Science 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.

Stephen Hawking at the 2014 Starmus festival. Photo: Starmus

Stephen Hawking at the 2014 Starmus festival. Photo: Starmus

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 11 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.

Nobel Laureate May-Britt Moser was in Stockholm in early March to talk about her upcoming presentation about neuroscience at the Starmus Festival in Trondheim this June. The photo shows Moser being interviewed about the event on a Swedish breakfast TV show. Photo: Starmus

Nobel Laureate May-Britt Moser was in Stockholm in early March to talk about her upcoming presentation about neuroscience at the Starmus Festival in Trondheim this June. The photo shows Moser being interviewed about the event on a Swedish breakfast TV show. Photo: Anne Sliper Midling

“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.