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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 Board includes Alan Alda, the actor/author/director; Ann Ziff, managing director and co-chairman of the Board of the Metropolitan Opera and a vice chairman on the Board of Directors of the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Inc.; Lee Bollinger, the President of Columbia University; Brian Greene, Professor of Physics and Professor of Mathematics at Columbia University, and author of The Elegant Universe; Tracy Day, CEO and Co-founder of The World Science Festival, who is a four-time National News Emmy award-winning journalist; and Judith Cox, the President of the Science Festival Foundation, who was Deputy Director of The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation and instrumental in its New York and international operations.
The World Science Festival’s signature event is an annual celebration and exploration of science that launched in 2008. Hailed a “new cultural institution,” by the New York Times, the Festival has featured such luminaries as: Stephen Hawking, E.O. Wilson, Sir Paul Nurse, Harold Varmus, Daniel Dennett, Eric Lander, Steven Chu, Richard Leakey, Sylvia Earle, Yo-Yo Ma, Oliver Sacks, Mary-Claire King, Chuck Close, Philip Glass, Charlie Kaufman, Glenn Close, Anna Deavere Smith, Bobby McFerrin, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Liev Schreiber, John Lithgow, Bill T. Jones, Charlie Rose, John Hockenberry, Elizabeth Vargas and Walter Isaacson. The first four Festivals attracted over half a million visitors, and millions more have viewed the programs online. The World Science Festival has recently commenced year-round live programming in New York City, nationally and internationally.