Sir Brian May CBE, PhD, FRAS is a founding member of Queen, world-renowned guitarist, songwriter, producer and performer, and also a Doctor of Astrophysics, 3-D stereoscopic photographic authority and advocate for animal rights. A continued passion for astronomy saw May resume his studies after a break of thirty years, achieving his PhD from Imperial College, London in 2007. May heads his own fine arts publishing house, The London Stereoscopic Company, and is a lifelong advocate and campaigner for animal welfare. He set up the Save Me Trust to champion predominantly British wildlife. May received a Knighthood in the 2023 New Year Honours List for services to music and to charity. He enjoys interacting with his fans on Instagram @brianmayforreal.
Patrick Moore in the Sun
Conference goers will be the first to see exclusive footage from a forthcoming film that takes you inside Sir Patrick Moore’s Selsey home on the day of the transit of Venus. You’ll feel like you are there, at Farthings on 8 June 2004, as astronomers gather around the legendary presenter of The Sky at Night to witness this historic astronomical event. Sir Patrick’s friend, Sir Brian May, proposed the idea and Robin Rees, their publisher, was the driving force behind the film. Entitled Patrick Moore in the Sun, it is being released to mark the tenth anniversary of Sir Patrick Moore’s death. This special European AstroFest presentation will be introduced by Brian May and Robin Rees.