Lecture Series

Fermilab offers a public lecture series on a wide range of topics presented by experts in their respective fields. Lectures cost $8 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

July 26, 2019, 8:00 pm
Dr. Theodora Ross, University of Texas Southwestern
Tickets: $8
There are 13 million people with cancer in the United States, and it's estimated that 1.3 of these cancers are hereditary.Despite advanced training in cancer genetics and years of practicing medicine, Dr. Theo Ross was never certain whether the history of cancers in her family was simply bad luck or a sign that they were carriers of a cancer-causing genetic mutation.  Then she was diagnosed with melanoma, and for someone with a dark complexion, this made no sense.  It turned out there was a genetic factor at work.
Aug. 16, 2019, 8:00 pm
Dr. David Hu, Georgia Tech
Tickets: $8
Insects walk on water, snakes slither and fish swim. Animals move with astounding grace, speed and versatility, but how do they do it and what can we learn from them?        
Oct. 11, 2019, 7:30 pm
Dr. Anne Innis Dagg; Alison Reid
Tickets: $8
See the moving documentary, "The Woman Who Loves Giraffes," followed by Q&A with giraffologist Anne Innis Diggs, the subject of the film.
Nov. 15, 2019, 8:00 pm
Tickets: $8
Multiple scientists pull out all the stops to try to convince you that THEIR work is the most fascinating. Order early - this sells out quickly!
Feb. 28, 2020, 8:00 pm
Dr. Bradford Benson, University of Chicago
Tickets: $8
More information to come soon, but here is an article on the topic...  Make it an icy combo - Purchase tickets for this lecture as well as the one-man play -  Tom Crean:  Antarctic Explorer and save 20% on the play.  Call 630/840.ARTS to take advantage of this  cool offer. Dr. Bradford Benson is senior... More »
March 13, 2020, 8:00 pm
Dr. Yoel Fink, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Tickets: $8
Recent breakthroughs in fiber material and fabric  processing allow us to design and produce fibers and fabrics that see, hear, sense, communicate, store and convert energy, regulate temperature, monitor health, and change color. The basis for these new fabric capabilities are fibers that contain semiconductor devices  have made it into the fibers themselves, setting the stage for a “Moore’s law” in fibers. The new fiber materials enable visually inconspicuous yet highly functional capabilities in fabrics.

Streaming video

Physics Slam VII is now available.

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.
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