Lecture Series

Fermilab offers a public lecture series on a wide range of topics presented by experts in their respective fields. Lectures cost $7 and are usually on Friday evenings beginning at 8 p.m. in Ramsey Auditorium. Lectures are general admission seating, and frequently sell out.

For information, call 630-840-ARTS (630-840-2787). Purchase tickets with no additional fees.

Upcoming events

Oct. 12, 2018, 8:00 pm
Jill Tarter, SETI
Tickets: $7
Are we alone? Humans have been asking this question throughout history.  We want to know where we came from, how we fit into the cosmos, and where we are going.  We want to know whether there is life beyond the Earth and whether any of it is intelligent.  In 1950, Enrico Fermi famously asked his luncheon companions “Where is everybody?”
Nov. 13, 2018, 7:00 pm
Tickets: Required, but available at no charge. Limit 4
London-based rapper Consensus discusses the making of his album ConCERNed, which describes particle physics with contemporary music.
Nov. 16, 2018, 8:00 pm
Various Speakers
Tickets: $7 - limit 4
Order early - this is a perennial favorite that has sold out months in advance for the past few years!
March 1, 2019, 8:00 pm
Dr. Susan Landau, Tufts University
Tickets: $7
What makes us most secure? Is it enabling the police and intelligence agencies to unlock digital devices and listen to communications? Or is it securely protecting devices and communications against intrusions? Two events in 2016 painted this issue in sharp contrast. In February 2016, the FBI tried to compel Apple to open the locked iPhone... More »
April 5, 2019, 8:00 pm
Dr. Stefan Söldner-Rembold, Co-Spokesperson, Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment, University of Manchester, UK
Tickets: $7
The international Long-Baseline Neutrino Facility/Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment, hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Fermilab, is an international flagship science project to unlock the mysteries of neutrinos. Neutrinos are the most abundant matter particles in the universe, and they are all around us, but we know very little about them. By studying neutrinos, scientists at LBNF/DUNE will paint a clearer picture of the universe and how it works. (Courtesy of fnal.gov)

Streaming video

Todd Thompson’s lecture, “Supernovae, Neutron Stars & The Origin of the Heavy Elements” is now available.

Joe Lykken’s lecture, “Neutrinos are Everywhere” is now available.

Jorge Cham & Daniel Whiteson’s lecture, “We Have No Idea,” is now available.

Priya Natarajan’s May 5 lecture.”Mapping the Heavens” is now available.

Chris Quigg’s Jan. 27 lecture “Fermilab’s Greatest Hits: Highlights from the First Fifty Years” is now available on YouTube.
View selected streaming videos.