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
Public Lecture Series 2020-2021
Speaker:
Date: 2020-07-01
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
Quantum Theory of the Classical
Speaker: Wojciech Hubert Zurek
Date: 2019-05-29
Artificial intelligence: success, limits, myths and threats
Speaker: Marc Mezard
Date: 2019-01-30
Chaos, Black Holes and Quantum Mechanics
Speaker: Stephen Shenker
Date: 2018-10-24
New Challenges for Climate Science Following the Paris Agreement
Speaker: Stephen Belcher
Date: 2018-05-30
Novel Directions in the Search for New Physics
Speaker: Asimina Arvanitaki
Date: 2018-04-18