Lecture Series

Fermilab offers a public lecture series on a wide range of topics presented by experts in their respective fields. Ramsey Auditorium Lectures cost $8 and are usually on Friday evenings beginning at 7:30 pm. 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

March 26, 2021, 7:30 pm US/Central
Dr. Clifford V. Johnson, University of Southern California
Tickets: $4 access fee
Clifford V. Johnson is a theoretical physicist passionate about sharing science with the public. He wanted to write a book about physics to a lay audience, but he felt that words on a printed page did not fully convey the dynamic, collaborative nature of fundamental research. What if, he wondered, you could represent multiple voices and points of view. This led Johnson to write and draw The Dialogues: Conversations About the Nature of the Universe (MIT Press), which allows readers to eavesdrop on a series of dialogues, set in locations around the world, about cutting-edge scientific topics. In his talk, Johnson will discuss the process of turning complex scientific topics into compelling visual narratives.
April 9, 2021, 7:30 pm US/Central
Dr. Jevin West, University of Washington
Tickets: $4
The spread of misinformation is among the most pressing challenges of our time. New platforms have opened the door to misinformation, disinformation and other forms of networked manipulation, which not only mislead and create divisions, but also diminish trust in democratic institutions such as science. 

In this talk, Dr. West will provide a set of tools to cut through the most intimidating data.
April 30, 2021, 7:30 pm US/Central
Join us for this Fermilab favorite event, now presented in a Virtual format. We are currently seeking a few brave souls who would like to jump into the ring. Nominations accepted through February 15.
May 21, 2021, 7:30 pm US/Central
Dr. Yoel Fink, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Tickets: $4
Our clothes help define us, yet the fabrics we wear haven’t really evolved over much of human history. However recent breakthroughs in fiber material and fabric processing now 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. In this talk Dr. Fink will discuss the use of diode fibers for creating fabric communications systems allowing the exchange of information between people and platforms using line of sight fabric based optical communications.

Streaming video


Jennifer Raaf’s talk is now available on YouTube, complete with closed captioning.

Don Lincoln’s talk is now available on YouTube, complete with closed captioning.

Dan Hooper’s talk is now available on Youtube, complete with closed captioning.

Physics Slam VIII is now available.

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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