The Fermilab colloquium introduces staff, users, students and members of the public to a wide range of scientific and science-related topics presented by notable speakers from across the country and around the world. Colloquia are open to the public.

An integral part of Fermilab’s academic culture, “orange” colloquium talks are aimed at a broad scientific and technical audience, while “green” talks are of general interest to all laboratory staff, users and members of the public.

Colloquia are open to everyone. Unless otherwise advertised, the talks are held at 4 p.m. on Wednesday afternoons and are usually in the One West or auditorium in Wilson Hall. We will temporarily be holding remote or Zoom meetings while the site is closed to the public.

Fermilab upcoming colloquia

Lectures begin at 4:00 p.m. via Zoom, virtual meetings. Email Barb Kronkow at for links to the Zoom meetings

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Sept. 1, 2021, 4:00 pm US/Central
Frank von Hippel, Princeton University
The end of the Cold War reduced fears in the US and Russia that the other might deliberately mount a nuclear attack. The two countries still maintain their hair-trigger Cold War postures, however – ready to launch their nuclear missiles within minutes of warning of an incoming attack. Also, a nuclear confrontation much like the... More »
Sept. 15, 2021, 4:00 pm US/Central
Ken Van Tilburg, New York University