This year, the Gala will mark the 100th anniversary of Einstein’s discovery of the General Theory of Relativity—one of the deepest and most remarkable theories ever contemplated—by honoring one of the truly great theoretical physicists of our time, Dr. Edward Witten from the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton.

The World Science Festival Gala is a unique event on the New York cultural calendar, celebrating the insights of science through the power of performance. The Gala provides critical support for the Festival’s year-round programming, both live and in the digital space.

Thursday, April 30th, 2015
Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall
New York City

7:15pm—Dinner and Musical Performance
9:00pm—Science-Inspired After-Party

All contributions to the 2015 World Science Festival Gala will be matched through a generous challenge grant provided by the Simons Foundation.

For more information, please contact Maggie Seay, or call 646.653.6716.



Honorary Committee
Arlene & Alan Alda
Bob Balaban
Cameron Diaz
Pia de Jong & Robbert Dijkgraaf
Philip Glass
Stephen Hawking
Mariska Hargitay & Peter Hermann
Mary-Claire King
Paul Nurse
Adam Reiss
Paul Rudd
Glenn Close & David Shaw
Liev Schreiber
Charles Simonyi
Gillian Small
Kip Thorne
Harold Varmus
Francesca Faridany & Stephen Wadsworth
Elizabeth & James Watson
Edward O. Wilson


Eleanor & Howard Morgan
Lynda & Stewart Resnick
Judith Gibbons & Francesco Scattone
Julia & Rusty Shepard

Emily McKhann & Andy Cooper
Kate Medina Guthart & Leo A. Guthart
Robin & Jim Herrnstein
Institute for Advanced Study
Penny Brandt Jackson & Thomas Campbell Jackson
John Templeton Foundation
Robert Lourie
Gerry Ohrstrom
Matthew Putman

Peggy Hamburg & Peter Brown
Karen Burke
Judith Cox & Benjamin Weston
Pilar Crespi Robert & Stephen Robert
Beth Kobliner Shaw & David E. Shaw
Barbara & Mark Silber
Susan Danziger & Albert Wenger

Scott Asen
Bobbi & Barry Coller
Thomas A. Kligerman
Marian Meyers
Margo & Anthony Viscusi

Kim Brizzolara
Betty Cohen

Judy & Howard Berkowitz
Klara & Etan Bourkoff
Katinka Matson & John Brockman
Richard Diener
Beth Jacobs & Keith Gottesdiener
Cydney Harris
Melissa & Carney Hawks
Victoria Madden
Shaiza Rizavi
Larry & Wendy Rockefeller
Jean E. Taylor
Wolfensohn Family Foundation