Michel Mayor at ESET Science Award 2023

Professor Michel Mayor, a renowned astrophysicist, in 1995, together with Didier Queloz, discovered the first extrasolar planet, named 51 Pegasi b, orbiting a solar-type star, 51 Pegasi, in our home galaxy, the Milky Way. In 2017, Professor Mayor was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for his discovery. His team is responsible for finding about half of the exoplanets discovered to date, of which there 5,000 exoplanets in the Milky Way alone. Michel Mayor is a principal investigator of the HARPS consortium planet search survey, which has discovered a growing population of super earths and Neptune-like small mass planets.


Pavol Orszagh Hviezdoslav Theater (DPOH) Bratislava, Slovakia
October 10th, 2023 at 18:00



„Can we recognize intelligent life in the Universe?“

Watch Nobel Laureate and astrophysicist, Michel Mayor, and astrophysicist and founder of Starmus festival, Garik Israelian, in conversation with science popularizer, David Eicher, talking about the potential for discovering intelligent life outside of our own planet, solar system and galaxy. How far along are we from encountering intelligent life? What should we do when we encounter it? Should space exploration focus on finding intelligent life or additional resources for our planet? The discussion is organized by the ESET Foundation in cooperation with Starmus Festival, taking place in Bratislava, Slovakia in May 2024, to kick-start a global conversation about “the future of our home planet”, the theme of Starmus VII.


Slovak Philharmonic, Bratislava
October 12th, 2023, 20:10



Award Ceremony of the ESET Science Award 2023

The annual celebration of science in Slovakia awards the ESET Science Award laureates in gala ceremony. The ceremony is attended by representatives of Slovak and foreign scientific communities, ambassadors and the representatives of government institutions, carried out under the auspices of the President of the Slovak Republic Zuzana Čaputová, and in its fifth year, also under the auspices of the European Commission’s Representation in Slovakia. The Award is given in three categories: Outstanding Scientist in Slovakia, Outstanding Scientist in Slovakia under the age of 35, Outstanding Academic in Slovakia and is broadcast on Slovak National Television and streamed online. Join us.