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Friday, June 2, 2017
9:30 am - 10:30 am
Friday, June 2, 2017
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Friday, June 2, 2017
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Friday, June 2, 2017
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday, June 2, 2017
Friday, June 2, 2017
11:45 am - 12:45 pm
Friday, June 2, 2017
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Friday, June 2, 2017
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday, June 2, 2017
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Thursday, June 1, 2017
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Thursday, June 1, 2017
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Thursday, June 1, 2017
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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ModeratorDanielle Dana
ParticipantsJane Lubchenco

The World Science Festival’s Pioneers in Science program gives high school students from around the globe rare and intimate access to some of the world’s most renowned scientists in a town hall style discussion. Join us to meet marine ecologist, Professor Jane Lubchenco, US Science Envoy for the Oceans and former Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and former Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).​​

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ModeratorBrian Greene

Ninety years after the historic double-slit experiment, the quantum revolution shows no sign of slowing. Join a vibrant conversation with renowned leaders in theoretical physics, quantum computation and philosophical foundations, focused on how quantum physics continues to impact understanding on issues profound and practical, from the edge of black holes and the fibers of spacetime to teleportation and the future of computers.

The Big Ideas Series is supported in part by the John Templeton Foundation.

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ModeratorJohn Donvan

We humans work together on enormous scales, build complex tools as large as cities, and create social networks that span the globe. What is the key to this innately social profile? How did it evolve? This program will examine the development of the human brain — and the brains of other animals — asking how neurons and synapses orchestrate communal behavior and guide group interactions, demonstrating how our social nature is key to our humanity.

The Big Ideas Series is supported in part by the John Templeton Foundation.

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Cooking isn’t magic—it’s science! Boiling water for your favorite angel hair pasta? This is merely molecules bouncing around. What about slightly burnt toast with your morning coffee? It’s simply organic compounds in your whole wheat bread being converted to carbon. Whether at breakfast, lunch or dinner, chemistry is always at work. While Serious Eats‘ J. Kenji López-Alt (author of the James Beard Award-winning cookbook The Food Lab: Better Home Cooking Through Science) and Popular Science‘s Editor-in-Chief Joe Brown will demonstrate scientifically-based techniques you can take back to your own kitchen. In the meantime, sip some Sauver-private label wine and taste the results of these edible experiments.

This program is presented in collaboration with Popular Science and Saveur.

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The World Science Festival brings science to the crossroads of the world, Times Square. From May 31 – June 3, the Festival will descend on Times Square with activities, demonstrations, and installations that educate, entertain, and inspire, providing the public a greater appreciation of our ever-changing planet — and our relationship to it. The programming includes a large LED video wall that powerfully illustrates how global warming is fundamentally changing the earth’s topography; climate talks; and the Sustainable Dance Floor, an innovative dance floor that generates power from human activity. The Sustainable Dance Floor will be open to the public from 7am – 11:59pm. Each day, from 10am – 6pm, guests will be invited to join in for a variety of energy generating games, fitness and dance classes and even a chance to charge their phones through their own movement.

The centerpiece of Science in the Square is Holoscenes, an epic performance-installation that viscerally connects everyday actions to climate change. Born of the widely-shared concern that water — from rising seas, intensifying floods, and extended droughts — will be a defining issue of the 21st century, Holoscenes takes place in a twelve ton glass aquarium which, over the course of five hours each day, periodically floods and drains, requiring a rotating cast of performers to creatively respond to changing levels of water. Holoscenes will be performed from 6pm to 11pm, June 1 – 3.

The Sustainable Dance Floor is developed by Energy Floors.

Holoscenes was created by Lars Jan and Early Morning Opera. It is co-presented by World Science Festival and Times Square Arts, and was originally produced by MAPP International Productions. This presentation of Holoscenes is supported by the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation.

Climate Talks at Science in the Square featured: Bill Blakemore, Ted Blanco, James Bronzan, Jeremy Deaton, David Doubilet, Sylvia Earle, Eddie Goldstein, Justin Brice Guariglia, Lars Jan, Ayana Elizabeth Johnson, Brian Kahn, Josh Landis, Cassie Lee, Anders Levermann, Suzanne Miller, Stephanie Pfirman, Andrew Revkin, Dan Rizza, Cynthia Rosenzweig, Gavin Schmidt, Ellen Stofan, and Ben Straus.

 

 

 

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ModeratorDanielle Dana

The World Science Festival’s Pioneers in Science program gives high school students from around the globe rare and intimate access to some of the world’s most renowned scientists in a town hall style discussion. Join us to meet NASA aerospace engineer, Aprille J. Ericsson, a pioneer in the development of crucial instruments for the James Webb Space Telescope, ICESat, and other missions that monitor the earth and help discover new planets and search for our origins.

Participate in this program online with Zoom. Register today.

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Immerse yourself in an intense and intimate day with some of the foremost experts in physics and cosmology. This event offers science enthusiasts a curated curriculum that goes beyond a popular-level presentation.

We are providing a limited number of exclusive, complimentary seats to the taping of master classes that will subsequently be presented on the World Science U digital platform.

The application period for this event has ended. Join the waitlist for alerts if additional application opportunities become available.

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Unwrap an evening of mystery and celebrate the American Museum of Natural History’s newest temporary exhibition—Mummies. Join comedian and journalist Faith Salie under the blue whale to unearth rare facts and show off your smarts in a pub-style quiz format. Tackle trivia questions and physical challenges with a drink in hand. And if things get too tough, you might even get an assist from a team of top scientists! Program includes one free drink and special private access to the special exhibition Mummies. Special exhibit access is available to ticket holders one hour prior to the program (6:00-7:00pm).

Presented in collaboration with The American Museum of Natural History. 
Mummies was developed by The Field Museum, Chicago.
Image © 2015 The Field Museum, A115218d_027A, photographer John Weinstein

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ModeratorJohn Rennie

Big Data is a buzz word used by companies employing analytical methods to gain new insights through the mining of large and varied data sets. However, various fields of Physics also accumulate voluminous data sets that need to be filtered, managed and analyzed. For an increasingly large number of researchers, a growing challenge is how to approach such data. In this seminar-style session, over a light brunch, we will hear different perspectives from leading researchers regarding the handling and exploring of vast quantities of data, and the opportunities Big Data has to offer the future of Physics. Presented in collaboration with Elsevier and the Annals of Physics.

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ParticipantsAlan Alda, Tina Fey

For more than a decade, Alan Alda has been successfully working with scientists to greatly sharpen their ability to communicate with each other and with the general public. The approach? Getting researchers, from quantum physicists to molecular biologists to nanotechnologists, to drop the jargon and pick up improvisational theatre. Join us for a wild ride as two comedic heroes explore the power of theatre, satire, humor and empathy to reshape the fine art of communication.

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ModeratorEmily Senay

Synthetic blood mass-produced to meet supply shortages. Livers and kidneys “bioprinted” on demand. Missing fingers and toes re-grown with a jolt of bioelectricity. Regenerative medicine promises to do more than just treat disease, injuries, or congenital conditions. It holds the potential to rejuvenate, heal, or completely replace damaged tissue and organs. If successful, regenerative medicine will have immense impact on how we care for the injured, sick, and aging — and how we think about death. This program will explore mind-boggling medical advances as well as the societal and economic implications of a future in which everybody may truly be forever young.

The Big Ideas Series is supported in part by the John Templeton Foundation.

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Thanks to evolution, your body is exquisitely adapted to survive on Earth—and, as far as we know, nowhere else. But while humanity’s past is firmly grounded on our home planet, the humans of the future may live on the moon, Mars, or interstellar ships bound for distant worlds. To prepare for this cosmic migration, today’s scientists are exploring how living in space affects the human body—right down to DNA—and whether we might tweak our own genome to enhance our ability to live beyond Earth. Come explore the biological future of humanity, as a new era of evolution beckons.

The Big Ideas Series is supported in part by the John Templeton Foundation.

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