Here are the stars for the 2019 Jasper Dark Sky Festival

2019 Dark Sky Speakers

Jad Abumrad

Keynote Speaker

Radio host, composer, and producer

Jad Abumrad is the host and creator of Radiolab, a public radio program broadcast on 524 stations across the nation and downloaded more than 9 million times a month as a podcast. Most days, Radiolab is the 2nd most popular podcast, just behind This American Life.

Dr.Robert Thirsk



Dr. Robert Thirsk has flown on two space missions as a member of the Canadian Space Agency’s astronaut corps. He first flew aboard the space shuttle Columbia in 1996 with six international crewmates as part of the Life and Microgravity Spacelab Mission. His second flight in 2009 was a six-month expedition aboard the International Space Station.

Dr. Shawna Pandya



Dr. Shawna Pandya is a physician, scientist-astronaut candidate, speaker, martial artist and adventurer. As a scientist-astronaut candidate with Project PoSSUM, she has tested commercial spacesuits in micro-gravity and flown over 100 parabolas to date.

Rob Meyerson


Founder and CEO of Delalune Space

Rob Meyerson is the founder and CEO of Delalune Space, a management consulting company focused on the aerospace, mobility and technology sectors.

Alan Nursall

After Dark Trivia

President & CEO Telus World Of Science - Edmonton

Alan Nursall is a Canadian scientist and President & CEO TELUS World of Science Edmonton, who reported on science news for the Canadian television series Daily Planet and the Alan Nursall Experience on the Discovery Channel.

Bob McDonald

Science For Breakfast

VIP | Science Journalist | Television Host

Bob McDonald is one of Canada's best known science journalists, bringing science to the public for more than 40 years. In addition to hosting Quirks & Quarks, the award-winning science program that is heard by 500,000 people each week, Bob McDonald is also science correspondent for CBC TV’s The National and host and writer of the children’s series Head’s Up.

Nick Pope

Science For Breakfast

Science Journalist

Author, journalist and TV personality Nick Pope used to run the British government’s UFO project and is now recognized as one of the world’s leading experts on UFOs, the unexplained and conspiracy theories. He has recently been involved in a five-year program to declassify and release the UK Ministry of Defense’s archive of UFO files.

Seth Shostak

Science For Breakfast

American Astronomer

Seth Shostak is an American astronomer, currently Senior Astronomer for the SETI Institute and former Director of Center for SETI Research when it was a separate department. 

Jack Fusco

Photograph the Stars: a How-to guide to Astrophotography


Jack Fusco is an astrophotographer based in San Diego, California. Through his photography and films, he hopes to capture the sense of wonder and vastness that we all feel while staring out int a star-filled sky.

Jeff Bartlett

Photograph the Stars: a How-to guide to Astrophotography


Jeff Bartlett is an adventure photographer and filmmaker based in the Canadian Rockies. His work blends adventure and vibrant landscapes to portray a true sense of place.

Jay Ingram & The Beaker Band


The Beaker Band

Put together a science writer, a physiology prof, a composer for TV and film, a software geek, a guy who can’t remember what it’s like not to play music and what do you have? A great band.

Philip Ferguson

Jasper Space Station

Aerospace Engineer

Dr. Philip Ferguson holds a Masters and PhD from MIT in Aerospace Engineering.  After graduation, he developed attitude control systems for small space telescopes at Microsat Systems Canada, eventually becoming the Engineering Manager.

Get Your Star Package

Attend two great events for one great price! For $50, dark sky enthusiasts can attend both the Keynote presentation by Jad Abumrad AND the fascinating SPACEtalks panel.

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