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

Feb. 28, 2020, 8:00 pm
Dr. Bradford Benson, University of Chicago
Tickets: $8
For over 30 years, scientists have been going to the bottom of the Earth to the geographic South Pole to make observations of the relic heat from the Big Bang, often called the cosmic microwave background (CMB). Dr. Brad Benson will give a brief history of these measurements, talking about the challenges associated with building... 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.
April 3, 2020, 8:00 pm
Dr. Gerald Gabrielse, Northwestern University
Tickets: $8
Essentially equal amounts of matter and antimatter were formed in the Big Bang according to our most fundamental description of physical reality.  As the universe cooled, the antimatter and matter particles should eventually have collided and annihilated.  Yet, we have a matter universe that survived.  The inability of our fundamental description to describe such basic features... More »
May 15, 2020, 8:00 pm
Dr. Frans de Waal, Emory University
Tickets: $8
When Mama, the alpha female of a famous chimpanzee colony on a forested island at Burgers’ Zoo, the Netherlands died at the age of 59, her final hug with Professor Jan van Hooff went viral on the Internet. Dr. Frans de Waal will discuss their encounter in his lecture on Friday, May 15 at Fermilab's... More »

Streaming video

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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