7th Annual World Science Festival Announces 2014 Program

May 1, 2014

Nation’s Premier Science Festival Continues Mission to Make Science Compelling and Accessible to Everyone

NEW YORK, May 1, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — The World Science Festival today unveiled its 2014 program lineup, which will present many of the world’s leading scientists, artists and influential thinkers – bringing science to life in imaginative ways throughout New York City.

The program lineup for the 2014 World Science Festival can be found at http://www.worldsciencefestival.com/events, where tickets for Festival events can also be purchased.

The five-day festival celebrates science with original programming that includes free events for young innovators, scientists-in-the-making, and families – as well as discourse, debate, theater, exhibitions, and social experiences that transform the city and bring the world’s leading scientists in direct contact with the broader public.

Since its inception in 2008, the annual Festival has welcomed more than one million people to over 300 programs in locations throughout New York City. It is the nation’s most anticipated science event and allows everyone to experience science in unique and thrilling ways.

“We began the World Science Festival to spark a cultural shift where science would rightly take its place alongside music, art, and literature as an indispensable part of a full life. This year’s programming, with an emphasis not only on main stage events but also on more intimate gatherings involving great scientists and general audiences of all ages, brings cutting-edge science directly to the public,” said Tracy Day, Emmy award winning journalist and CEO and Co-Founder, World Science Festival.

Expect a theatrical exploration of Einstein’s life; a debate about the recent breakthrough announcement on the nature of the big bang; the latest research on brain-machine interface; a special address from renowned geneticist and discoverer of the breast cancer gene, BRCA1, Dr. Mary-Claire King; a wide-ranging exploration of quantum reality; the announcement of the winners of the prestigious biennial $1 million Kavli Prizes for outstanding scientific work in the fields of astrophysics, nanoscience, and neuroscience; workshops on the science of food and beer, and the ever-popular all-day Ultimate Science Street Fair in Washington Square Park, and much more.

“There’s no experience more thrilling than having kids and adults learn about a great scientific discovery and in the process gain access to a whole new universe of ideas and possibilities,” said Brian Greene, Columbia University Professor of Physics and Mathematics and co-founder of the World Science Festival.

Program highlights include:

    --  2014 Kavli Prizes Announcement: The prestigious biennial Kavli Prizes
        recognize scientists for major advances in three research areas:
        astrophysics, nanoscience and neuroscience. The winners, sharing a $1
        million award in each field, will be announced via live webcast from the
        Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters in Oslo.
    --  "On The Shoulders of Giants" address by Dr. Mary Claire-King: A
        signature Festival event, audiences will be treated to a talk by one of
        the most important geneticists of our time, a trailblazer and advocate
        for women in science -- Dr. Mary-Claire King. Her accomplishments
        include the discovery of the hereditary breast cancer gene BRCA1, which
        has saved countless lives, and her use of genetic sequencing to help
        victims of human rights abuse.
    --  Ripples from the Big Bang: Listening to the Beginning of Time: A
        discussion that will explore what is perhaps this year's most exciting
        development, evidence of the inflationary theory of cosmology announced
        by astronomer John Kovac and the BICEP2 team, who will be in
        conversation with the pioneers of the inflationary theory, Alan Guth,
        Andrei Linde and Paul Steinhardt. Moderated by Brian Greene.
    --  Alien Life: Will We Know it When We See it?: Learn how scientists across
        disciplines--astronomers, chemists and microbiologists--are intensely
        studying the evolution of life on Earth to help identify life in the
        universe, a research agenda with wide-reaching ramifications for
        science, philosophy, religion, and much more.
    --  The Craving Brain: The Neuroscience Behind Uncontrollable Urges: The
        Festival brings together a group of leading neuroscientists and
        psychologists studying how addiction changes the very fabric of the
        brain, and what new insights could mean for addicts trying to win back
        their lives. Moderated by ABC News anchor, Elizabeth Vargas.
    --  What is Color?:  Alan Alda brings his popular Flame Challenge contest
        back to the Festival, where scientists are asked to explain a complex
        question to an 11-year-old. In an action-packed hour-long program,
        Festival-goers will delve into the world of color, culminating with the
        announcement of the winner of this year's Challenge.
    --  Cool Jobs: The premier showcase of cool science returns to the Festival
        for another year with a new group of amazing scientists. From an
        archeologist to a NASA astronaut, kids will have the chance to ask these
        scientists about their cool gigs and how they ended up pursuing them.
    --  Science and Story: The Write Angle:  A conversation with theoretical
        cosmologist Sean Carroll, journalist Jo Marchant, celebrated cognitive
        scientist Steven Pinker and other renowned authors of popular science
        books to discuss the challenges writers face when leading the
        uninitiated into scientific worlds filled with data and long histories
        of incrementally compiled knowledge. Moderated by public radio host John
    --  Designer Genes: Fashioning Our Biological Future: A program featuring
        geneticists at the cutting edge of designer gene research takes a closer
        look at the ethical and scientific implications of gene therapy and
        designer babies.
    --  The Night Sky from Brooklyn Bridge Park: Join professional and amateur
        astronomers for a free evening of urban stargazing and discussion
        beneath the historic Brooklyn Bridge.
    --  Ultimate Science Street Fair: Hundreds of thousands of people convene on
        Washington Square Park for a full day of interactive experiences
        exploring the worlds of robotics, space and weather.

About the World Science Festival

The World Science Festival is a production of the Science Festival Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization headquartered in New York City. The Foundation’s mission is to cultivate a general public informed by science, inspired by its wonder, convinced of its value, and prepared to engage with its implications for the future.

The World Science Festival has been made possible with the generous support of its Founding Benefactors: the Simons Foundation, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and the John Templeton Foundation.

The World Science Festival also gratefully acknowledges its major sponsors, Ann Ziff, Con Edison, The Kavli Prize; additional supporters Bezos Family Foundation, IFF, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Royal Society Winton Price for Science Books, Sony, Time Warner Cable; its media partners, ABC News, ABC Radio, WABC-TV, WNYC Radio, Scientific American, Popular Science, The Week, Mental Floss, Huffpost Science, IEEE Spectrum; and its university partners, New York University, The City University of New York, Columbia University, The Rockefeller University, and The Cooper Union.

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