May 15, 2016



The programme of the 3rd Starmus Festival (June 27–July 2, Tenerife & La Palma, Canary Islands, Spain) will bring together eleven Nobel Prize laureates in different fields: David Gross, Joseph Stiglitz, Adam Riess, Brian Schmidt, Robert Wilson, François Englert, Eric Betzig, Carol Greider, Elizabeth Blackburn, Edvard Moser and May-Britt Moser.

The most high-profile scientists and science communicators in the world, such as Stephen Hawking, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Roger Penrose, Brian Cox, Richard Dawkins, Brian Green, Kip Thorne, Martin Rees, Jill Tarter and Carolyn Porco. Eugene Kaspersky, renowned Cybersecurity expert, futurist Peter Schwartz and inventor, mathematician and engineer Danny Hilis will also take part in the Festival.

NASA scientists Alfred McEwen and Joel Parker will talk on various exploration missions in the Solar System (Rosetta, MARS Reconnaissance Orbiter, Europa Imaging System and New Horizons).

Astrophysicist Steve Balbus, Barry Barish (a pioneer of the LIGO project) and Chris Rapley (climate scientist) will talk on the hottest topics in astrophysics and the world's climate.

The Festival will host artists Ken Lawrence (MC Hawking) and David Zambuka, writers Robert J. Sawyer and Anthony McCarten, and visual effects supervisor Paul Franklin.

Art, Music and Science will meet under one roof in the great Sonic Universe concert that will include Hans Zimmer, Brian May, Sarah Brightman, the Symphonic Orchestra of Tenerife and ANATHEMA, among others. Rick Wakeman and Chris Hadfield will interpret some mythical songs of David Bowie such as “Space Oddity” and “Starman”.

Brian Eno, keynote speaker of Starmus III, will talk on the topic, “At the Crossroads of Art and Science", as well as creating a musical ambience at the STAR PARTY.

Legendary space heroes Alexei Leonov, Rusty Schweickart and Chris Hadfield will take part in the Festival.

A 108-minute roundtable discussion, with some of the STARMUS speakers, will take place inside the dome of the giant GTC telescope (the world´s largest optical reflector) at Roque de los Muchachos Observatory on the neighbouring island of La Palma.

A great innovation at STARMUS III will be the award of the “Stephen Hawking Medal For Science Communication”, presented by Stephen Hawking himself, in recognition of contributions to science popularization in the areas of Science, Art and Cinema.

Garik Israelian, Founder and Director of STARMUS, says, 'STARMUS III invites, in this unique event, science experts and amateurs alike, along with the merely curious to plunge into the important threats and discoveries the world is facing at present.'

Check out the full programme now at!