Dear Starmus delegates! Below is the final programme for Starmus V.

We look forward to sharing this awesome experience with you!


Day 1 (24 June, MONDAY)
  • 10:00 - 12:30

    No Morning Programme

    Once upon a time on the Moon… Something that sounded like a fairy tale to generations of people became a reality fifty years ago. The 2019 Starmus Festival celebrates mankind’s first step on the Moon, coinciding with the 50 th anniversary of this great event in human history. This year’s theme, “A Giant Leap”, brings together the most brilliant minds in the fields of space exploration, astronomy, cosmology and planetary science to exchange views and discuss – and also celebrate – their findings. The event kicks off with a spectacular opening concert entitled “Once upon a time on the Moon”. Here, artists including Oscar winner Hans Zimmer, Queen cult guitarist & composer Brian May and Yes star Rick Wakeman, together with the 21st Century Orchestra & Chorus, will pay tribute to the unique connection between space, science and music, in the presence of several Apollo astronauts.

  • 14:00 - 18:00

    No afternoon program


    Zimmer’s film scores for “Inception” and “Interstellar” offer the perfect sound for this – combined with unique visuals from “Interstellar” visual effects creator Paul Franklin and Nobel laureate physicist Kip Thorne, guitar hero Steve Vai, they will insure they will ensure a Galactic experience. David Bowie’s “Space Oddity”, as interpreted by Rick Wakeman and astronaut Chris Hadfield, and a fantastic all-star finale with Queen hits, are also on the programme. This special evening will conclude with the announcement of the winners of the Stephen Hawking Medal, which was personally inaugurated by Hawking in 2016 to honour those who are particularly committed to promoting public awareness of science.

  • 19:30 - 23:00

    Official Opening of the Festival


    Venue: Samsung Hall
    19:30-23:00 (Break 21:00-21:30)

    The Stephen Hawking Medal for Science Communication Ceremony

    Once Upon a time on the Moon

    A homage to the Apollo Missions and those who made them possible. Hans Zimmer’s concert with special guests Brian May, Rick Wakeman, Steve Vai, Kip Thorne, Paul Franklin and other stars.
    Official Opening: Garik Israelian, Carlos Moedas, Armen Sarkissian and Tony Fadell

Day 2 (25 June, TUESDAY)
  • 11:00 - 12:30

    Morning programme


    Session Chair: Robert Williams

    11:00 – 12:30
    Venue: Samsung Hall

    John Logsdon (Space Race Historian) History of Apollo Program
    Yuri Baturin (Cosmonaut) Account of the Soviet Lunar programme
    Chris Hadfield (Astronaut) An Astronaut’s Guide to Walking in Space

    12:40 - 14:00 Lunch break

  • 14:00 - 18:00

    On the Moon

    Michael Collins (Keynote Speaker, Astronaut – Apollo 11), Escape Velocity
    Al Worden (Astronaut - Apollo 15), To the Moon, Mars and Beyond
    Charlie Duke (Astronaut - Apollo 16) Apollo 16: Teamwork Brings Success

    15:30 – 16:30 Coffee break

    Harrison Schmitt (Astronaut - Apollo 17) Apollo 17 and beyond
    Gerry Griffin (Flight director, Apollo programme, NASA) “Apollo Mission Operations: The Fun Part of Going to the Moon!”
    Rusty Schweickart (Astronaut -Apollo 9) The Real Significance of Apollo.

Day 3 (26 June, WEDNESDAY)
  • 11:00 - 12:30

    Morning programme


    Session Chair: Jill Tarter

    108 MIN
    Michael Collins, Harrison Schmitt, Charlie Duke, Brian Eno, Tony Fadell, May-Britt Moser, Donna Strickland, Garik Israelian, Michael Hintze, Al Worden.
    Moderator: Gerry Griffin
    12:30 – 14:30 Lunch Break

  • 14:30 - 18:00

    Back to the Moon

    Fabiola Gianotti (Physicist, CERN, DG) Research (and much more) at CERN
    Tim Peake (Astronaut) ESA\\\\\\\'s plans for Gateway, Lunar and Mars exploration.
    Bob Smith (CEO of Blue Origin) Blue Moon: Going back to the Moon to stay
    Garrett Reisman (Astronaut and Director of Crew Operations at Space X) Human Spaceflight - Recent Past and Near Future
    15:30 – 16:30 Coffee Break
    Brian May (Musician and Astrophysicist) and David Eicher (Editor, Writer and Popularizer) Mission Moon 3-D
    Tony Fadell(iPod, iPhone, Nest & investor) Technology Synergies between Earth and Space
    Martin Rees (Astrophysicist)) Prospects for Humanity
    Walt Cunningham (Astronaut - Apollo 7) Apollo, the Golden Age of Spaceflight

  • 20:30 - 00:00


    20:30 - 21:30 Film screening and discussion panel “Space Race in US and Soviet films” with:
    Damien Chazelle (Director, Producer and Screen Writer)
    James Hansen (Historian)
    Todd Miller (Director and producer)
    Oksana Leonova
    Rick Armstrong
    Dmitry Kiselyov (Film Director)
    Stephen Slater (Film Producer)

    21:30 - 23:00 Screening of the documentary APOLLO 11

Day 4 (27 June, THURSDAY)
  • 11:00 - 12:30

    Morning programme


    Session Chair: David Eicher

    11:00 – 12:30
    Venue: Samsung Hall

    Donna Strickland (Physicist, Nobel Laureate) Generating High-Intensity, Ultrashort Optical Pulses
    Adam Riess (Physicist, Nobel Laureate) The anomalous expansion and surprising physics of the Universe.
    Claude Nicollier (Astronaut) and Robert Williams (The Hubble) Hubble servicing and science
    Sandra Magnus (Astronaut) Expanding Horizons: Our next steps off the Planet
    12:30 - 14:00 Lunch Break

  • 14:00 - 18:00

    Beyond the Moon


    Buzz Aldrin (Apollo 11 astronaut) Forward to the Moon
    Ewine F. van Dishoeck (Astrophysicist, Chemist, President Elect of the IAU) IAU100: celebrating a century of progress in astronomy and its contribution to society
    Xavier Barcons (Astrophysicist, ESO General Director) ESO: Building and operating the most powerful ground-based astronomical observatories
    Nergis Mavalvala (Astrophysicist) Listening to Einstein’s warped and rippling Universe with gravitational waves
    15:30-16:30 Coffee Break
    16:30-17:00 Eric Betzig (Chemist, Nobel Laureate) Microscopic Explorations of Inner Space: The Secret World Inside Our Cell
    Nobel Laureate Panel with:
    Donna Strickland, Edvard Moser, Kurt Wüthrich, Elizabeth Blackburn, May-Britt Moser, Adam Riess, Robert Wilson, George Smoot, Brian Schmidt, Barry Barish, Eric Betzig

Day 5 (28 June, FRIDAY)
  • 11:00 - 12:30

    Morning programme

    Session Chair: Natalie Batalha

    10:00 Moon bounce session with Martine-Nicole Rojina (Project SISTER MOON)
    Clive Neal (Planetary Geologist) Back to the Moon
    Nicole Stott (Astronaut and Artist) eARTh from Space
    Elizabeth Blackburn (Biochemist, Nobel Laureate) Doing science better – for all
    Helen Sharman (Astronaut and Chemist) From Mars to the Stars

    12:30 - 14:00 Lunch Break

  • 14:00 - 18:00

    Afternoon session

    Alan Stern (Planetary Scientist and Astrophysicist) Beyond Pluto
    Gennady Padalka (Cosmonaut) Life Aboard the ISS
    Long Xiao (Planetary Geologist) The lunar exploration program of China: today and tomorrow

    15:30-16:30 Coffee Break
    Afternoon session: 16:30-18:00

    Brian Schmidt (Nobel Laureate astrophysicist), First Stars in the Universe
    Future of Space Panel with Eugene Kaspersky, Mikhail Kornienko, Marco Preuss, Nicol Stott

Day 6 (29 June, SATURDAY)
  • 11:00 - 12:00

    May-Britt Moser Concert-Lecture Feat Trondhem Soloists and Steve Vai


    May-Britt Moser (Neuroscientist and Nobel Laureate) Concert-Lecture featuring Trondheim Soloists (String Chamber) & Steve Vai Deep-dive in the brain: space, time and memory

  • 14:00 - 00:00

    In The Universe

    Session Chair: Brian Malow

    George Smoot (Astrophysicist, Nobel Laureate) title TBC
    Natalie Batalha (Astronomer) Lava Worlds to Living Worlds: Exoplanets and the Search for Life Beyond Earth.
    Barry Barish (Astrophysicist, Nobel Laureate) Prospects for Multi-messenger Astronomy

    15:30-16:30 Coffee break

    16:30-18:00 Emmanuelle Charpentier (Microbiologist and Biochemist) Gene Therapy
    Panel: Life in the Universe: Jill Tarter (Astrophysicist), Natalie Batalha (Astrophysicst), Richard Dawkins (Ethologist, Evolutionary Biologist), Michel Mayor, Rafael Rebolo (60 min)

  • 22:00 - 00:00

    Star Party


    Day 6 and Starmus V will end with the spectacular Star Party with live music, an awesome event for networking and making plans for Starmus VI!