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• The “Ask Hawking” competition gives the non-expert public the opportunity to question one of the greatest scientific leading lights

• Starmus is the most ambitious all-star festival in science where music and the stars come together between 22 and 27 September with the Canary Islands as a unique astronomical location 

Madrid, 29 July 2014 – Starmus Festival announces another of the novelties for its next edition by launching the “Ask Hawking” competition, a new attraction that makes this one of the most eagerly awaited scientific encounters of 2014, with the Canary Islands as the worldwide meeting point for astronomy, astrophysics and space exploration.

Starmus takes a further step forward in its popularising approach, allowing the general public to put their questions to one of the leading lights of contemporary science: Stephen Hawking. Until 29 August, the non-professional public will be able to participate in the “Ask Hawking” competition through their accreditation at the festival or, for those who are not attending, through its Facebook page.

The jury will publish the winners on 1 September: 3 questions by the festival’s attendees and 1 by the non-attending public. The four winners will put their question personally to Stephen Hawking at the festival and will have the opportunity to go on stage and experience a unique moment with the renowned scientist.

Advanced by Garik Israelian, an astrophysicist from the Institute of Astrophysics of the Canary Islands, and with the sponsorship of the Canaries Government and the Tenerife Provincial Council, Starmus is the stand-out encounter in the field of popular science, in an original format where music and the stars come together in Tenerife between 22 and 27 September. With the title “Beginnings. The Making Of The Modern Cosmos”, this second edition boasts a stellar panel of speakers such as the theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking; the evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins and the Queen guitarist and astrophysicist Brian May.

Tenerife, “one of the best places in the world for star gazing” according to the Starlight Foundation, will be the exceptional venue for the festival, consolidating its reputation as the most relevant astro tourist destination. It is with good reason that the Tenerife Provincial Council is currently heading the European Commission-funded EU Sky Route project that seeks to consolidate astro tourist routes around Europe, these being a powerful differentiating feature for the destination.

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