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. 11, 2017, 8:00 pm
Dr. Andrew Cohen, Boston University, Hong Kong University of Science & Technology
Tickets: $7
Hollywood is well known for exercising poetic license in its depiction of many aspects of the natural world. Surprisingly such films provide a remarkably fertile environment for the exploration of many aspects of science and scientific reasoning. By examining selected scenes from a few such films we can experience the kind of quantitative analysis employed by scientists in their approach to understanding the world around us.
Sept. 15, 2017, 8:00 pm
Gino Segre, University of Pennsylvania; Bettina Hoerlin, Author
Tickets: $7
Enrico Fermi is unquestionably the most famous scientist to come from Italy since Galileo, so revered by his peers that he was known as “the Pope,” because his scientific instincts and skills were said to be “infallible.” A physics Nobel Prize winner in 1938, he was one of the most productive and creative scientists of the twentieth century. His work changed our world with the advent of nuclear reactors, weapons of mass destruction and life-saving medical interventions. Fermilab, the largest particle accelerator in the United States, bears his name as does the nation’s most significant presidential award in science and technology.
Oct. 27, 2017, 8:00 pm
Dr. Moogega Cooper, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology
Tickets: $7
NASA’s Mars 2020 rover mission is designed to investigate key question related to the habitability of Mars and will conduct experiments that set the stage for future human exploration of Mars. The rover will acquire and cache samples of rock, regolith, and drill “blank” samples for possible return to Earth by future missions. Mars 2020 has... More »
Nov. 10, 2017, 8:00 pm
Various Speakers
Tickets: $7
One Fermilab's most highly anticipated events, the Physics Slam returns to Fermilab's Ramsey Auditorium, but this time with a new twist. Our contenders are paired in teams, with some of the best and brightest students in the area from Illinois Math & Science Academy!
Jan. 26, 2018, 8:00 pm
Dr. David Awschalom, University of Chicago
Tickets: $7
This lecture will focus on the remarkable development of a new generation of quantum technologies -- an area of research at the border between science and engineering that could change the way we think about information itself.
March 16, 2018, 8:00 pm
Dr. Manu Prakash, Stanford University
Tickets: $7
Dr. Manu Prakash of Stanford University leads the way in devising low-cost solutions to scientific dilemnas. With our planet literally teeming with problems, it’s time to take cost constraints into serious consideration. As physicists and engineers, we know how to make stuff. We use these skills (and field work) to design solutions for extremely resource constrained settings, especially in the field of global health. Our work in this area extends from field diagnostics to hand on science education.
April 13, 2018, 8:00 pm
Dr. Nina Kraus, Northwestern University
Tickets: $7
Although it is all around us all of the time, we rarely give much thought to our invisible yet powerful companion, sound. It shapes our brains for better and worse. Learning a second language or playing a musical instrument sharpens our brains. Lack of exposure to meaningful sound and overexposure to meaningless sound blunts our brains and stunts our development. There are ways to capture the imprint that sounds leave on our nervous systems, empowering us to learn more and more about this invisible ally and enemy of brain health.
May 4, 2018, 8:00 pm
Danielle Feinberg, PIXAR
Tickets: $7
REVISED DATE – Now on May 4, 2018 Danielle Feinberg began her career at Pixar Animation Studios in 1997 on the feature film A Bug’s Life. She quickly discovered her love for lighting and went on to light on many of Pixar’s feature films including Toy Story 2, Monsters, Inc., the Academy Award®-winning Finding Nemo,... 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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