Considered as one of the most ambitious contemporary science festivals, the next edition of Starmus will feature ten Nobel prizewinners in the fields of Physics, Chemistry and Medicine: Harold Kroto and Eric Betzig (Chemistry, 1996 and 2014, respectively); biologists Carol Greider and Elizabeth Blackburn (shared award for Medicine, 2009); Robert Wilson and David Gross (Physics, 1978 and 2004, respectively); Adam Riess and Brian Schmidt (shared award for Physics, 2011); and the couple Edvard Moser and May-Britt Moser (who shared the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in 2014).
In addition to a glittering line-up of Nobel prizewinners, the festival will feature renowned astronomers, astrophysicists and scientists, including notably astronauts Michael López-Alegría, Garrett Reisman, Chris Hadfield and Russell Schweickart, cosmonauts Alexei Leonov and Sergey Volkov, astrophysicists Neil deGrasse Tyson, Kip Thorne, Martin Rees, Jill Tarter and Robert Williams, and physicist Neil Turok.
Based on the variety of the panel of speakers, this international encounter, which has been gaining in strength since it was conceived in 2011, will cover a range of scientific disciplines. With input from the leading figures in these fields, the festival will debate not only astrophysics and astronomy but also biology, neuroscience, chemistry, physics and, of course, space exploration and the great challenges still facing humanity.
It will also analyse the diffuse relationship between science and science fiction in the area of technology applied to the future of humanity within the framework of a great, unique interactive show in which the public will have the opportunity to discover, through round table discussions, performances and exhibitions, the magic fusion between science, art and music, including the opportunity to visit the international observatories on Tenerife and La Palma.
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