Starmus V Announced

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.”

The Starmus board, which includes Peter, alongside Stephen Hawking, Brian May, Richard Dawkins, Alexei Leonov, Jill Tarter, Robert Williams, David Eicher, Jack Szostak and founder, Garik Israelian has devised the 2019 programme and the full line-up of speakers will be announced in June this year when tickets go on sale.

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Starmus V announcement press conference. l-r Martin Bachofner (Bern Welcome), Helen Sharman, Garik Israelian, Brian May, Prof. Christian Leumann (University of Bern)