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Last modified: November 21, 2013, 4:38 PM
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's signature event is an annual week-long 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 Schrieber, John Lithgow, Bill T. Jones, Charlie Rose, John Hockenberry, Elizabeth Vargas and Walter Isaacson. The first six Festivals have drawn close to a million visitors, and millions more have viewed the programs online. The World Science Festival also produces year-round programming throughout NYC and will be co-producing the World Science Festival in Amsterdam in 2014.