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.

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

Stephen Hawking Medal winners

Stephen Hawking Medal winners 2016

Beyond The Horizon: A Tribute To Stephen Hawking

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keynote speaker
Particle Fever
Documentary film

“I’m deeply honored to receive this new award for science communication. I always feel great satisfaction when I hear that someone responded to Particle Fever – the fact that it was Stephen Hawking makes it truly special”. Mark Levinson “It is fantastic to win this medal. Stephen Hawking is a great physicist and great communicator of science, and in both has left an indelible mark on the planet. It is truly an honor.” David E. Kaplan

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keynote speaker
Jim Al-Khalili
Physicist, author and broadcaster

'I am absolutely delighted and honoured to be the very first recipient of the Stephen Hawking medal for science communication, particularly as there are so many great communicators out there these days. This a vindication that practicing research scientists can also be accepted and acknowledged as successful communicators.Like Stephen, I feel strongly that it is both a duty and privilege to share my wonder about the workings of the Universe and our place in it with as wide an audience as possible..'

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keynote speaker
Hans Zimmer
Film soundtrack composer

I feel truly grateful and deeply honored to be awarded the STARMUS Stephen Hawking Medal in the category of Music and Arts. We artists constantly strive to search for and provoke through new questions in our work. That is one of the links between the arts and the sciences. The constant desire to be part of the adventure of the unknown.