Public Lectures

Physics for the Inquiring Mind

Public LecturesKITP Public Lectures connect you with people and research that is transforming our understanding of the universe. This popular series of 3-4 public lectures each year takes advantage of the presence of the many distinguished scientists who visit KITP to collaborate on the most fascinating and challenging questions in their fields. 

Speakers have included, among others, Conny Aerts, Peter Galison, Asimina Arvanitaki, Murray Gell-Mann, John Grunsfeld, Stephen Hawking, Robert Kirshner, Nathan Lewis, and M. Cristina Marchetti. Talks have ranged from how stars ring, projects at the large hadron collider (LHC), how the brain works, challenges for global energy, the potential in the human genome, and black holes.

Friends of KITP receive priority seat reservations, and an informal reception follows each lecture.

KITP Public Lectures Archive

Event Information
Living in the Matrix: Recent Advances in Understanding Quantum Spacetime
Speaker: Clifford V. Johnson
Date: 2024-04-18
The Search for Quantum Gravity
Speaker: Shiraz Minwalla
Date: 2023-02-15
Why Face Masks Work
Speaker: Eberhard Bodenschatz
Date: 2022-10-19
Lessons From Other Viruses: How Pandemics Start and End
Speaker: Richard Neher 
Date: 2022-04-27
Stars: The Ultimate Laboratory for Modern Physics
Speaker: Pascale Garaud
Date: 2022-04-07
The Radiant Universe: The Story of Electromagnetic Waves
Speaker: Ted Jacobson
Date: 2020-10-07
The Renaissance of Quantum Biology
Speaker: K. Birgitta Whaley
Date: 2020-06-18
The String Landscape, the Swampland, and Our Universe
Speaker: Cumrun Vafa
Date: 2020-02-26
From Magnetic Cats to Artificial Intelligence: the Circular Technological Revolution of Spintronics
Speaker: Jairo Sinova
Date: 2019-10-30
Fundamental Physics and the Fifth Dimension
Speaker: Raman Sundrum
Date: 2019-07-10