|Stephen Hawking presented the Starmus Festival III at The Canary Islands (PRNewsFoto/Calibri 12 Starmus Festival)|
Prof. Hawking revealed the panel of attendees who will pay tribute to him at the next edition, under the tagline "Beyond the horizon - A tribute to Stephen Hawking". Also on stage at the press conference were Cristóbal de la Rosa, Deputy Minister for Tourism in the Canary Islands Government; Carlos Alonso, President of the Tenerife Island Government; Anselmo Pestana, President of La Palma Island Government; Manuel Cendagorta, General Manager of ITER; and Iván Lozano, CEO of ATOS Iberia, the latter two being co-sponsors of the festival.
This edition will bring together no less than twelve Nobel prize-winners which exemplifies the event's aim of bridging the gap between the general public and the exciting world of science through these inspiring figures. Another of the highlights will be the 'Ask Hawking' unique competition which, as in the previous edition, will enable members of the public to pose questions to the scientist.
Garik Israelian, founder and director of Starmus, said that the festival "carries a powerful message inspired by the Canary skies, by Mount Teide and the pretty island of La Palma", and expressed pride that the event's values are "spreading around the planet, from amateurs through scientists to some of the world's leading artists".