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Keynote by Dr Stephen Hawking makes front page news in Korea

Professor Stephen Hawking and Lucy Hawking were guest speakers at Kyunghyang Forum in Seoul to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Kyunghyang Shinmun last week.

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Dr Stephen Hawking appeared as a hologram, as his health no longer allows him to travel, alongside his daughter, Lucy, on stage in Seoul for the event. Together they produced a keynote speech that delighted the audience and made the front page of Kyunghyang Shinmun, Korea’s biggest daily newspaper which attracts 1.3 million visitors daily. 

The event entitled, “The New Normal Era: Innovation & Insights,” took place at the Lotte Hotel Crystal Ballroom in Sogong-dong, Seoul on September 28th and explored the future of science and technology.

 

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The Hawkings’ keynote speech was organised by our very own, Raleigh Addington, Managing Director (APAC), who thoroughly enjoys helping event organisers bring Stephen and Lucy to the stage.

He said: “I’m delighted that we were able to bring Lucy’s enriching insights and Dr Hawking’s expertise to Seoul for such a important occasion.”

Stephen’s holographic image is broadcast from his own home in Cambridge, UK (see above), so that he can appear on stage next to his eldest daughter, Lucy. Watch the full keynote given by Dr Hawking at the Kyunghyang Forum.

Lucy’s keynote expanded on her father’s points but emphasied the need for science to remain a fundamental part of children’s education, highlighting “George’s space series,” that she co-wrote with her father, as an example of how stories can be used to engage children in space exploration and discoveries.

From all accounts, the event was a huge success and we’re thrilled to be working with Lucy and Dr Stephen Hawking on their speaking engagements worldwide.

If you’d like to book the same keynote, or something similar, for your next event anywhere in the world, please send us a quick email with your proposed dates and budget. Please note that due to his health Dr Hawking can only attend events via video link or as a hologram.

 

 

About Lucy Hawking:

Lucy Hawking uses story-telling to help audiences understand and engage with science. Lucy is the creator of the George Greenby books, a series of adventure stories which use dramatic story-telling to explain complex science to young audiences. Lucy has collaborated with several distinguished scientists on the George Greenby series, including her well-known father, the theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking. Translated into 40 different languages the books have each met with rave reviews. Lucy is currently working with Canadian animation studio DHX media to develop the series into an animated television series. Read more >>

 

About Stephen Hawking:

Professor Stephen Hawking is widely regarded as one of the world’s most brilliant theoretical physicists. His best-selling books for a general audience have given an appreciation of physics to millions, and have probed the origins of the cosmos, the nature of time and the universe’s ultimate fate.  Read more >>

 

 

 

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Watch Lucy Hawking at TEDxSalford: “Science needs storytellers”

Lucy Hawking speakerSpeaking at TEDxSalford, Lucy Hawking, best-selling author and influential populariser of science, talks about the importance of using adventurous stories that explain science, and creating engagement through dramatic story-telling.

Lucy describes how these ideas came about during a moment when a child asked her father – astrophysicist Stephen Hawking – what would happen if he was sucked into a black hole. Lucy had three revelations: first, that children are fascinated by this subject matter; second, adults can give answers to complex questions that children can relate to; and third, children ask questions that can be turned into engaging stories.

With this in mind, Lucy suggests that to get children excited by science we need to create an emotional connection between them and the subject. This is especially important, she argues, because there are major challenges facing the world, which can be tackled better if everyone was included in the debate. However, people need to be scientifically literate to achieve this.

Although the use of storytelling to explain the natural world around us is not a new idea, Lucy couldn’t find this technique being used to teach science. It became her mission to fill this void.

For more information, or to book Lucy Hawking as a speaker for your conference or event, please contact Alex Hickman at alex@chartwellspeakers.com or call 0044 (0) 20 7792 8004.

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