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Robert Pearlman

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posted 02-08-2018 06:49 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Starmus Festival release
Starmus V announces a star-studded 2019 line-up, featuring five original members of the Apollo mission crew

Starmus has announced a stellar line-up of Nobel Prize Winners and prominent figures from science and art for its fifth festival, next year. Timed to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the moon landings, Starmus V will take place in Bern, Switzerland from June 24-29, 2019, and is set to be the biggest yet, featuring Brian May, Emmanuelle Charpentier, Richard Dawkins, Elizabeth Blackburn, Chris Hadfield, Sir Martin Rees and Helen Sharman.

Founder Garik Israelian said the fifth festival will also welcome Bill Anders, Charlie Duke, Rusty Schweickart, Al Worden and Walt Cunningham, five of the original Apollo Mission crew, and is designed to provoke tough questions about our place in the universe. "Next year marks the 50th anniversary of one of science's most important milestones," said Israelian. "It's the right time to question the value of space discovery and how a growing understanding of the cosmos helps humanity to progress."

Starmus V will welcome 11 Nobel laureates to the stage, as well as luminaries from the worlds of art and music, for discussion, debate and engagement across a broad body of science, from microbiology and biochemistry to astrophysics and neuroscience. The Starmus board (Stephen Hawking, Brian May, Peter Gabriel, Richard Dawkins, Alexei Leonov, Jill Tarter, Robert Williams, David Eicher, Jack Szostak and founder, Garik Israelian) has devised a 2019 programme that brings together the most intelligent, creative and artistic people on the planet.

Starmus is a celebration of scientific collaboration and retains a strong sense of purpose, added Israelian. "Humanity's biggest and best achievements are a result of scientific collaboration. In the same year in which we celebrate the milestone achievement of the Apollo crew we should remember that the trend towards isolationism takes us further away – not only from further scientific discovery – but also from the essence of what makes us human.

"At Starmus we hope to inspire a new generation of scientists who can help to answer society's most difficult and pressing questions, from how to reverse the environmental decay of our planet, to finding new planets to colonise."

The Starmus board will announce a further line-up of speakers from art and music later this year. The musical content of the Festival is promised to be stellar, as always. The complete bill will be announced when tickets go on sale this coming June. Tickets will go on sale from 15 June 2018 and can be purchased at

David C

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posted 02-14-2018 03:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for David C     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It's a heck of a guest line up already. Has anyone attended one of these? Are there any autograph opportunities or is it entirely presentations and discussions?


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posted 02-17-2018 03:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for BA002   Click Here to Email BA002     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I was in Trondheim last year, so that I could finally get to see Jack Schmitt in the flesh, who had eluded me for ten years. I thought the whole thing was amazing, and I was glad to have attended, however do not count on any autograph moments. There were a few book signings by some of the guests but not by Charlie Duke and Jack Schmitt.

Also, you have to take into account that some of the participants may have to cancel. In Trondheim Buzz Aldrin, Alexei Leonov and Stephen Hawking couldn't make it and I can tell you that especially Buzz's no-show disappointed quite a few people who came especially to see him. Fortunately for me I had met him on a few previous occasions, but in my case cancellation by Schmitt would have been a minor disaster, and he had canceled on one previous Starmus event.

If, like me, you are interested in science in general and space and astronomy in particular it really is special to be surrounded by so many bright minds, on top of the astronauts presence.

David C

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posted 02-17-2018 04:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for David C     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks, that's about what I figured. I'm making the move to Switzerland in a couple of months time so this could work out for me.

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