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.

Fermilab’s Greatest Hits: Highlights from the First Fifty Years, Chris Quigg’s lecture from 1/27/17 is now available on YouTube.

Upcoming events

July 14, 2017, 8:00 pm
Dr. Joe Lykken, Chief Research Officer, Fermilab
Tickets: $7
Neutrinos are the oddballs of elementary particles, and their peculiar properties suggest connections to many of the big mysteries of particle physics. Enrico Fermi was the first to propose a way to detect them and to officially bestow their name. The story of Fermi’s “little neutral ones” has already many surprises and inspiring examples of daring experimental initiative.
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.
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.
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 18, 2018, 8:00 pm
Danielle Feinberg, PIXAR
Tickets: $7
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, The Incredibles and Ratatouille. Feinberg was the director... More »

Streaming video

Priya Natarajan’s May 5 lecture, “Mapping the Heavens” is now available on Youtube.  

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.