ArmInfo.On September 5, the opening ceremony of the Starmus world science and art festival, which this year was dedicated to the 50th anniversary of the first mission to Mars , took place at the Karen Demirchyan Sports and Concert Complex .
Thanks to the festival, more than 50 scientists visited Armenia, including Nobel Prize winners, astronauts, artists and world-famous musicians. The festival opened with a welcoming speech by Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, followed by the ceremony of presenting the Stephen Hawking Medal, which was awarded to the guitarist of the legendary rock band Queen Brian May for his contribution to the popularization of science. In addition to May, American poet, non-fiction author, endangered naturalist Diane Ackerman and primatologist, leading chimpanzee expert, author of more than 40 films and Roots & Shoots conservation program Jane Goodall were also awarded medals.
The Stephen Hawking Medal is an Oscar in science and was established in London in 2015. A medal of this kind is awarded for works that contribute to the advancement of scientific knowledge in various fields, such as music, art, cinema. The medal features a portrait of Stephen Hawking, which was painted by cosmonaut Alexei Leonov.
During the opening speech, Starmus co-founder Garik Israelyan noted that the future of such small countries as Armenia is in the development of science and technology. He stressed that many countries of the world are rich in oil and gas, while Armenia is rich in people. According to him, the holding of such a global event in Armenia contributed to the historically rich scientific heritage of the country and is currently developing in this direction.
"The holding of such a festival as Starmus is a key moment in the history of Armenia, which cannot but inspire a new generation of scientists and cultural figures of this country", the co-founder of the Festival said. Next, the guests of the festival were expected by the concert program SONIC Universe, with the participation of world-famous stars, including Brian May, Rick Wakeman, Serj Tankian, Andrey Makarevich, Tigarn Hamasyan and others.
Next, the SONIC Universe concert program was planned, in which world-famous stars Brian May, Rick Wakeman, Serj Tankian, Andrey Makarevich, Tigarn Hamasyan and others will participate.
It should be noted that the festival program is quite intense. Every day, in almost all educational institutions of the country, Nobel laureates and cosmonauts, astronauts will hold open lectures and share their knowledge and achievements with the Armenian youth.
The partners of the festival are the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sports, the Ministry of High-Tech Industry, OMEGA, Satlantis, CQS. Among the sponsors are Team telecom, Corporation America, Adibekyan Family Foundation for Advancement (AFFA), Groksmith, Braind, Arloopa, Karas, Converse Bank, Yerevan Brandy Factory, etc.
Assistance was also provided by the FAST Foundation, the UN Armenian Office, the National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Armenia, the A.I. Alikhanyan National Science Laboratory, Teach for Armenia program, TUMO Center for Creative Technologies, Ayb School, etc. The world's largest science popularization festival has been held since 2011. Prior to Armenia, the festival was organized in Tenerife, Norway, Switzerland.
Astrophysicist Garik Israelyan and guitarist of the legendary band Queen, astrophysicist Brian May, founded the STARMUS festival. The festival brings together world-famous scientists, Nobel Prize winners, thinkers, astronauts, scientists, culture and art. Within the framework of the festival, scientists share their knowledge, experience and latest discoveries with the public