The third STARMUS festival took place in 2016 in the Canary Islands, on Tenerife and La Palma from June 27 to July 2. The theme of the third festival was: Beyond The Horizon: A Tribute To Stephen Hawking.

As was the case with the previous two festivals, the third STARMUS festival grew in attendance with over 1200 delegates attending. The festival was not lacking presenters either; STARMUS III featured the most high-profile scientists and science communicators in the world, including: Stephen Hawking, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Roger Penrose, Brian Cox, Richard Dawkins, Brian Greene, Kip Thorne, Garik Israelian, Martin Rees, Chris Hadfield, Alexei Leonov, Rusty Schweickart, Jill Tarter, Carolyn Porco, and Joel Parker. The festival also featured Eleven Nobel Prize laureates: 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 festival closed with the remarkable Sonic Universe Concert featuring Sarah Brightman singing with the Symphonic Orchestra of Tenerife as conducted by Hans Zimmer. The concert also featured performances by Chris Hadfield, Rick Wakeman, Brian May, and Anathema.

  • Monday, 27th June 2016 | 15:00
    Opening Ceremony
  • Monday, 27th June 2016 | 15:30
    Exploding Stars and The Accelerating Universe
    Adam Riess
  • Monday, 27th June 2016 | 15:50
    String Theory and the Nature of Reality
    Brian Greene
  • Monday, 27th June 2016 | 16:10
    Discovering the Big Bang Radiation
    Robert Wilson
  • Monday, 27th June 2016 | 16:30
    Searching for life on Mars and Europa
    Alfred McEwen
  • Monday, 27th June 2016 | 16:50
    Communicating Science in the 21st century
    Brian E. Cox
    Neil deGrasse Tyson
  • Monday, 27th June 2016 | 17:10
    Special guest
    Anthony McCarten
  • Monday, 27th June 2016 | 18:00
    Einstein, Black Holes and a Cosmic Chirp
    Barry Barish
  • Monday, 27th June 2016 | 18:20
    Predicting — and Preventing — The Future: Science Fiction, Our Sneak Peek at Possible Tomorrows
    Robert J. Sawyer
  • Monday, 27th June 2016 | 18:40
    Scenarios for the future of Artificial Intelligence: Will the dream become a nightmare?
    Peter Schwartz
  • Monday, 27th June 2016 | 19:00
    Pluto, Comets, and the Kuiper Belt Connection
    Joel Parker
  • Monday, 27th June 2016 | 19:20
    Why did fish leave the sea?
    Steven Balbus
  • Monday, 27th June 2016 | 19:40
    All Things Great and Small
    Eric Betzig
  • Monday, 27th June 2016 | 21:30
    Beach Welcome Party
Full Programme

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