• 24-29 June 2019
  • Zürich, Switzerland

STARMUS FESTIVAL V

A GIANT LEAP

Preliminary programme

Preliminary programme

Dear Starmus delegates! While the main programme for Starmus V is closed and all speakers confirmed, we are still figuring out the best way to give each contributor the slot that suits them most, given their busy agenda.

Below is a description of the topics and themes to be explored at Starmus V, but please note that days and hours may alter depending on speakers. The contents will not change, and all the topics highlighted below will be discussed at Starmus v.

Many speakers listed in our website (for example, May-Brit Moser, Elizabeth Blackburn, Linda Buck, and many other distinguished speakers) will deliver lectures, join panel discussions and Q&A in the main programme as well as in the City Program which will be announced later. There is much more exciting content to be announced!

There will be no parallel sessions.

Throughout the Festival, Starmus will organise panels, Q&A sessions, talks and other events with Apollo astronauts Walt Cunningham, Rusty Schweickart, Jim McDivitt, Michael Collins, Al Worden, Charlie Duke, Harrison Schmitt, and with Claude Nicollier, Yuri Baturin, Tim Peak, Gennady Padalka, Sandra Magnus, Nicole Stott, Helen Sharmann, Garrett Reisman, Samantha Cristoforetti and Chris Hadfield.

We look forward to sharing this awesome experience with you!

22, 23 June
  • 00:00 - 00:00

    ARRIVALS AND REGISTRATION

    Delegates and contributors will arrive and register.

Day 1 (24 June, MONDAY)
  • 16:00 - 19:00

    Registration and Welcome Cocktail

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    Venue: Hallenstadion

  • 19:00 - 21:30

    Official Opening of the Festival

    19:00-22:00 (Break 20:00-20:30)
    By Garik Israelian, Brian May, Michael Collins, Claude Nicollier and several distinguished Starmus supporters.

    The Stephen Hawking Medal for Science Communication Ceremony



    Once Upon a time on the Moon:

    A concert in homage to Apollo Missions and those who made them possible.

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

    Morning programme: to be announced

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    11:00 – 12:30
    Venue: Samsung Hall

  • 14:00 - 18:00

    To the Moon

    14:00 – 18:00 (15:30-16:30 Coffee Break)
    Starmus V conference will start off with a breath-taking set of talks on the history of lunar exploration featuring John Logsdon who will tell a history of Apollo Program, Yuri Baturin with an account of the Soviet Lunar programme, and Apollo astronauts Walt Cunningham (Apollo 7), Rusty Schweickart (Apollo 9) & Jim McDivitt (Apollo 9).

  • 21:00 - 00:00

    FILM SCREENING

    Starmus traditionally screens inspiring and thought-provoking films about space exploration and related issues, such as “Spacewalker” (about Alexei Leonov´s first space walk) screened at Starmus IV in Norway
    with the participation of Oliver Stone, Larry King, moonwalkers Harrison Schmitt and Charlie Duke, 2017 Stephen Hawking Medal winners Neil deGrasse Tyson and Jean-Michel Jarre.
    Watch out for updates on the programme to see what awaits Starmus fans this year!

    Panel with the creator of “First Man” Damien Chazelle, Neil Armstrong’s biographer James Hansen, Rick Armstrong, and “Spacewalker” film director Dmitry Kiselyov

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

    108 Minutes: Round table discussion

    TIME TO BE ANNOUNCED
    The traditional Starmus round table discussion featuring extraordinary speakers.

  • 11:00 - 12:30

    Morning programme: to be announced

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    11:00 – 12:30
    Venue: Samsung Hall

  • 14:00 - 18:00

    On the Moon

    14:00 – 18:00 (15:30-16:30 Coffee Break)
    On Day 3, we will revisit the Lunar odyssey as seen and lived by the Apollo astronauts Michael Collins (keynote speaker, Apollo 11), Al Worden (Apollo 15), Charlie Duke (Apollo 16), Harrison Schmitt (Apollo 17), and Gerry Griffin, the legendary flight director at the Apollo programme.
    Starmus V will gather a unique constellation of Apollo astronauts on its stage.

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

    Morning programme: to be announced

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    11:00 – 12:30
    Venue: Samsung Hall

  • 14:00 - 18:00

    Back to the Moon

    14:00 – 18:00 (15:30-16:30 Coffee Break)
    Scott Pace (Executive Secretary of US National Space Council), Bob Smith (CEO of Blue Origin), Long Xiao (The lunar exploration program of China: today and tomorrow), Mark Robinson (Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter) and Clive Neal (Back to the Moon).

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

    Morning programme: to be announced

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    11:00 – 12:30
    Venue: Samsung Hall

  • 14:00 - 18:00

    Beyond the Moon

    BIG DATA < BIG FIGURES, BIG SCIENCE

    14:00 – 18:00 (15:30-16:30 Coffee Break)

    Day 5 will focus on the science that explores the Universe, brought to us by Ewine F. van Dishoeck (IAU´s President), Xavier Barcons (ESO´s Director General), Bill Nye (Planetary Society´s CEO), Fabiola Gianotti (CERN´s DG), Gennady Padalka (Life Aboard the ISS) and Alan Stern (Beyond the Pluto).

    Day 5 will continue with a 60-minute panel discussion featuring Nobel Prize laureates, and a lecture by Nobel Laureate physicist Manuel Ting.

  • 21:00 - 00:00

    CONCERT: Sonic Universe

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    Venue: Samsung Hall

Day 6 (29 June, SATURDAY)
  • 11:00 - 12:30

    Morning programme: to be announced

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    11:00 – 12:30
    Venue: Samsung Hall

  • 14:00 - 00:00

    In the Universe

    14:00 – 18:00 (15:30-16:30 Coffee Break)
    A Cosmology panel with Nobel Laureates George Smoot, Bob Wilson, Brian Schmidt, Adam Reiss and Astronomer Royal Martin Rees, followed by Nergis Mavalvala’s and Natalie Bathala’s lectures on Gravitational Waves and Exoplanets respectively.

    After the break, Alan Stern, and Nobel Laureates Kip Thorne and Barry Barish will take the floor. They will be followed by a Q&A session with Richard Dawkins and Emmanuelle Charpentier debating on the ethical, social and cultural issues in gene therapy.

    Day 6 will continue with a panel on Life in the Universe that includes Jill Tarter, Tabetha Boyajyan and Emily Lakdawalla and other extraordinary contributors.

  • 22:00 - 00:00

    Star Party

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    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!