The 4th Starmus Festival 2017 was held in Trondheim, Norway. As a new partner of the Steinmez Conference, the famous Swiss watch brand OMEGA has specially created three exclusive Speedmaster watches to be awarded to the Stephen Hawking Medal for Science Communication.
Pioneer musician Jean-Michel Jarre, astrophysicist, writer and science communicator Neil deGrasse Tyson, and popular comedy TV series Life The Big Bang Theory crew won the Stephen Hawking Science Communication Award and received an exclusive Speedmaster watch created by Omega.
The Steinmesse conference covers science, art, and music, and aims to help the public better understand and appreciate the beauty of science. Since 2011, the conference has invited many outstanding people including astronauts, Nobel Prize winners, science, culture, art and music to perform and lecture.
Jean Michel Jarre and Nair DeGlass Tyson attended the conference and personally accepted medals and watches that symbolized honour.
Musician Jean Michel Jarre said on the stage to receive the award: ‘My music is recognized by Professor Hawking and the Steinmez Convention, and this year’s Stephen Hawking Award for Scientific Communication is very important to me. Important honor. 40 years ago, my ‘Oxygene’ became a declaration of climate change and promoted human awareness of the future of the earth. Space, time and science inspired me to create a lot of music I am extremely proud of this honor, and I also feel that scientific communication still has a long way to go. ‘
Won the commendation of the Steinmez Conference, and Nair DeGlass Tyson was also very excited. Talking about Stephen Hawking’s influence on him, he said, ‘This award reminds us of Professor Stephen Hawking’s contribution to the scientific career. He devoted most of his career to writing, speaking, and participating in TV shows. This is to spread scientific knowledge to the public. As a science communicator, I am honored to receive the award named after him. ‘
Chuck Lorre and Steven Molaro, executive producers of The Big Bang Theory, did not attend the awards ceremony, but delivered a speech about the award through a video.
‘We are extremely excited to accept this award on behalf of the crew. Big Bang Cosmology believes that the universe was formed by a big bang that occurred about 14 billion years ago, and no one could have imagined that this theory would achieve such a result. We are always grateful to Professor Hawking, The scientific community and everyone who is dedicated to science. We are proud to inspire more people to pursue science. Thanks to the Stephen Hawking Award for Science Communication and the Steinmez Conference. ‘