Twelve Nobel prizes and 18 men and women of space, astronauts and cosmonauts, will meet on June 24 in the Swiss city of Zurich, to celebrate the Starmus festival, the one that drags a more colorful poster for the fans of science and space. Starmus, who has always had the most important astronauts among his guests, such as Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin or Alexei Leonov, will focus his eyes on the Moon in 2019, just when they turn 50 years of that first great jump for humanity that gave Armstrong. The star lecturer of this edition will be Michael Collins, who accompanied Armostrong and Aldrin on the adventure of reaching the Moon.
Specifically, seven American astronauts from the Apollo missions that took humanity to its satellite will go to Starmus V. Along with them, other important cosmonauts and renowned colleagues, such as the Canadian Chris Hadfield, who became popular for singing Space Oddity on the International Space Station. This twenty space travelers will share debate and program with twelve Nobel prizes, such as the neuroscientist May-Britt Moser or the astrophysicist Kip Thorne.
The rest of the poster is formed some of the most important figures in science at the moment, such as the CRISPR specialist Emmanuelle Charpentier, the head of CERN, Fabiola Gianotti, or the discoverer of planets Michel Mayor. Among the speakers stand out two Spaniards: Rafael Rebolo, director of the Institute of Astrophysics of the Canary Islands, and Xavier Barcons, general director of the ESO. In addition, it will have great stars of the world publicity, such as Brian Cox and Bill Nye.
As every year, Starmus will have his important musical participation, with Brian May, Rick Wackeman and Brian Eno among the guests, although more musical artists will be announced during the World Economic Forum in Davos. "At a time when the world is retreating towards isolationism, collaboration is needed to confront ideas, evidence and collective challenges, and we believe that the greatest and best achievements of the human race are the result of this scientific collaboration," he explains. a note Garik Israelian, director and organizer of the festival, which takes place from June 24 to 29 in the Swiss city. It will also be delivered the Stephen Hawking medal, which awards the best of world science in homage to the recently deceased physicist. The first three editions of the festival were held on the island of Tenerife, before traveling to Norway for its fourth edition and now to Zurich for its fifth episode.