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

Aug. 10, 2018, 8:00 pm
Dr. Wendy Chung, Simons Foundation
Tickets: $7
Autism is a common condition, affecting 1/68 individuals.  There is significant heterogeneity across the autism spectrum that has made it difficult to understand the causes of autism.  We will explore the current state of knowledge of what we know about the causes of autism and how such understanding can help to better understand the brain and behavior and develop better supports for individuals with autism.
Sept. 21, 2018, 8:00 pm
Dr. Todd Thompson, The Ohio State University
Tickets: $7
Dr. Thompson will review our current understanding of the supernova mechanism and neutron star formation. He will focus on the importance of rotation and magnetic fields in instigating explosion, in determining the nucleosynthetic yield of heavy elements, and in affecting the early spin evolution of highly magnetic neutron stars.
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. 16, 2018, 8:00 pm
Various Speakers
Tickets: $7 - Available soon - 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 »

Streaming video

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.
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